KSD Announces 2023 School Teacher and Support Staff of the Year Award Recipients

Employees to be honored at Excellence in Education Awards Banquet

Kearney, Mo., February 6, 2023: It’s time for the best of the Bulldogs to come to the front of the class.

Kearney School District is pleased to announce the 19 exemplary employees who have been chosen to receive the 2023 Teacher of the Year Award and Support Staff of the Year Award for their schools.

“These Kearney School District staff members are a credit to the great work that our entire team does every day,” Superintendent Emily Miller said. “I’m excited to recognize this year’s award winners and I’m grateful for their service on behalf of our community.”

KSD encouraged parents/guardians, staff, students and community members to nominate our employees for their school’s 2023 Teacher and Support Staff of the Year awards. Teacher nominations could include a classroom teacher, special needs teacher, art teacher, music teacher, guidance counselor, librarian, instructional coach or physical education teacher. Support staff nominations could include principals, assistant principals, administrative staff, food service staff, bus drivers, nurses, custodians or resource officers.

One certified teacher and one support staff member were selected from each school. This year’s award winners embody the core values of KSD: integrity, respect, future readiness, student focus and resilience.

2023 School Teacher of the Year Award Recipients

  • Early Education Center – Staci Bonderer
  • Dogwood Elementary – Amory Maley
  • Hawthorne Elementary – Gayla Mogg
  • Kearney Elementary – Sara Kimmel
  • LENS – Audrianna Wooster
  • Southview Elementary – Amanda Noll
  • Kearney Middle School – Jana Klaehn-Sturm
  • Kearney Junior High – Daniel Roberts
  • Kearney High School – Jennifer West

2023 School Support Staff of the Year Award Recipients

  • Early Education Center – Cynthia Hollinberger
  • Dogwood Elementary – Tamera Couchman
  • Hawthorne Elementary – Michelle Cobb
  • Kearney Elementary – Joleen Holsten
  • LENS – Susan Beery
  • Southview Elementary – Sabrina Clayton
  • Kearney Middle School – Kaitlyn Parks
  • Kearney Junior High – Toni Sinclair
  • Kearney High School – Angie Carpenter
  • KSD Central Office – Chris Shirk

These honorees will be recognized at the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2023 Excellence in Education Awards Banquet on April 25. They will also be nominated for our district Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year awards, which will be announced in the spring along with KSD’s 2023 Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year award recipients.

PHOTO ALBUM: KSD 2023 School Teacher and Support Staff Award Recipients