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MTMS teacher named a 2022 Kansas Horizon Award winner

Photograph of Anna Meissbach, teacher at Monticello Trails Middle School.January 6, 2022 – The Kansas State Department of Education named Anna Meissbach, 7th grade Pathways teacher at Monticello Trails Middle School, a 2022 Kansas Horizon Award Winner. Meissbach is the school district’s 19th recipient since 2003. Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson shared the good news with Meissbach during a suprise phone call.

The special award recognizes exemplary new educators and Meissbach is among 32 educators from around the state who received this distinction. Meissbach will also join the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) as part of the honor.

Anna Meissbach teaches 7th grade Pathways at Monticello Trails Middle School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Bachelor of Arts in French, and a Master of Arts in Secondary Social Studies from Kansas State University. She is proficient in both French and Spanish. She began her professional teaching career in USD 232 at MTMS. She is pictured in a group photograph with (from left) School Improvement Specialist Kelly Robinson, Principal Jennifer Smith, Superintendent of Schools Frank Harwood and Associate Principal Bryan LeBar.

Group photo showing Teacher Anna Meissbach, center, a Kansas Horizon Award winner.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 2022 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