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2 Ozark teachers named Missouri Teacher of the Year finalists

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Edited News Release/KY3) – The Department of Elementary-Secondary Education (DESE) announced that seven educators have qualified as finalists for the 2023 Missouri Teacher of the Year Award .

Nixa High School drama teacher Dr. Allison Fleetwood and Miller High School math teacher Matthew Pierce Matheney received the honor.

A committee of teachers, business leaders and education organization leaders will choose Missouri’s Teacher of the Year after interviews with each finalist on Friday, September 9. The winner, runners-up, semi-finalists and Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored at a recognition event on October 17. Missouri’s new Teacher of the Year will be the state’s nominee for the 2023 National Teacher of the Year.

“More than 70,000 public school educators across our state work hard every day to impact the lives of Missouri students,” Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven said. “It’s important to take the time to honor our state’s top educators through the Teacher of the Year program, as we continually strive to elevate the teaching profession and highlight the importance of the work they do. accomplish.”

The Missouri Teacher of the Year program recognizes the efforts of effective teachers who work tirelessly to provide a high quality education for their students. James Young, professor of musical theater at Johnson Wabash Sixth Grade Center (Ferguson-Florissant R-II), is Missouri’s current teacher of the year.

The finalists are:

· Matthew Pierce Matheney V, Miller R-II —Mathematics, Miller High School

Dr. Allison Fleetwood, Nixa Public Schools — Theatre, Nixa High School

· Christina Andrade Melly, Ritenour — English Language Arts, Ritenour High School

· Cotreena Jones, Ferguson-Florissant School District — English Language Arts, Johnson Wabash 6th Grade Center

· Kristina Kohl, Lindbergh — English Language Arts, Truman Middle School

· Katherine Meyers, Kirkwood School District — English, Kirkwood High School

· Lindsey Watson, Blue Springs School District — 4th grade, Sunny Pointe Elementary

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