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Kindergarten teacher named Kansas Horizon Award Winner

January 8, 2019 – The Kansas State Department of Education named Haley Poulter, kindergarten teacher at Mize Elementary School, a 2019 Kansas Horizon Award Winner.

The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) announced the recipients of the 2019 Kansas Horizon Award, which recognizes exemplary new educators. Haley is among 32 educators from around the state who received this distinction. Haley will be honored at a special ceremony during the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) State Education Conference in February in Topeka.

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Haley Poulter teaches kindergarten at Mize Elementary School. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University in May 2017. In August 2017 she began her professional career in USD 232 teaching at Mize. She is pictured with Superintendent of Schools Frank Harwood and Principal Gerri Balthazor and again with her kindergarten class at Mize.

The Kansas Horizon Award program, which is sponsored by KSDE, allows all school districts in the state an opportunity to nominate one elementary and one secondary teacher for the award. To be eligible for the award, teachers must have successfully completed their first year of teaching and have performed in such a way as to distinguish themselves as outstanding. The program is a regional competition with four regions corresponding to the state’s U.S. Congressional districts. Four elementary and four secondary classroom teachers may be selected for the award from each region.

Recipients of the 2019 Kansas Horizon Award were notified of their selection by Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson.  “I want to extend my congratulations to the recipients of the Kansas Horizon Award,” Watson said. “Each recipient has demonstrated their dedication to the teaching profession, and I want to thank them for their time and talent. With the help of great teachers like these, we are one step closer to meeting the vision for education in the state, which is Kansas leads the world in the success of each student. Kansas is lucky to have such quality teachers in its classrooms.”

As recipients of the Kansas Horizon Award, these educators are invited to join the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN), a network of educators from around the state who have been formally recognized for exemplary performance. Members of KEEN have an opportunity to network with other outstanding educators and participate in a number of professional development programs throughout the year.

For more information, contact:

Denise Kahler
Kansas State Department of Education
Director, Communications & Recognition Programs 
(785) 296-4876
dkahler@ksde.org