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Two teachers nominated for 2025 Kansas Horizon Award

May 6, 2024

The Board of Education honored Kasey Seaba and Lauren Newstrom as the USD 232 nominees for the 2025 Kansas Horizon Award.

Superintendent Cory Gibson, Lauren Newstrom, Kasey Seaba, and Board President Ashley Spaulding.

Pictured left to right: Superintendent Cory Gibson, Lauren Newstrom, Kasey Seaba, and Board President Ashley Spaulding.

The Kansas Horizon Award Program, sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education, identifies and recognizes first year educators who display excellence in teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state.

Lauren Newstrom is a choral music teacher at Monticello Trails Middle School and Kasey Seaba is a 2nd grade teacher at Starside Elementary.

Kasey and Lauren stand out as exemplary educators worthy of the award. As district nominees, they will submit award applications in October, which will be during their second year of teaching. They will find out in January 2025 if they will be among the few teachers in Kansas honored with the KSDE Horizon Award.

The Kansas Horizon Award Program is a regional competition. The regions correspond to the state’s four U.S. congressional districts. The Kansas State Department of Education will appoint regional selection committees responsible for reviewing the nomination forms and selecting up to four elementary classroom teachers and four secondary classroom teachers per region for a possible total of 32 teachers.
 

The possible 32 teachers, four elementary classroom teachers and four secondary classroom teachers from each region, will be individually recognized during a luncheon at the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) conference in February. Also, they will be invited to participate as special guests in the two-day KEEN conference.