- Unified School District 232
Kansas Teacher of the Year and Horizon Award Nominees
The district recognized three educators for their exemplary teaching by two separate programs sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education. Sydney Hall, 4th grade teacher at Riverview Elementary, was chosen as the 2023 Horizon Award nominee for USD 232. Sabrina Andrews, 5th grade teacher at Mize Elementary, and Andrew Elliott, 6th grade Pathways teacher at Mill Creek Middle School, are the USD 232 elementary and secondary teachers of the year. They will go on to represent the district in the 2024 Kansas Teacher of the Year program.
Kansas Horizon Award
The Horizon Award is a program developed by the Kansas State Department of Education that honors and recognizes exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them 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. Sydney Hall of Riverview Elementary will find out later this year if she is selected as a 2022 Horizon Award winner. For more information about the Kansas Horizon Award, click here.
Sydney Hall just completed her first year as a teacher for our district after earning her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Kansas. She completed her student teaching in Baldwin City and at Starside Elementary before becoming a long-term substitute teacher at Riverview Elementary, where she now teaches 4th grade. Sydney, pictured center, with (from left) Riverview Elementary Principal Megan Turpin and USD 232 Superintendent Frank Harwood.
Kansas Teacher of the Year Program
The Kansas Teacher of the Year Award recognizes the excellent education being offered by our teachers in both elementary and secondary classrooms. The mission of KTOY is to build and utilize a network of teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance and the teaching profession. USD 232 is a strong participant in the Kansas Teacher of the Year program with 15 state finalists and 13 semi-finalists being represented in the program since 1998.
Sabrina Andrews began her teaching career at Mize Elementary in 2002 and will celebrate 20-years in education, all in USD 232, this coming August. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Education both from the University of Kansas. In the photo (from left) Mize Elementary Principal Gerri Balthazor, Sabrina Andrews and USD 232 Superintendent Frank Harwood.
Andrew Elliott has been 6th grade Pathways teacher at Mill Creek Middle School since 2018. He has earned Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearny and a Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas. Before his position at MCMS, he taught at Starside Elementary from 2007-2017 as a 5th grade teacher and as a math specialist. Andrew’s first teaching position was for the KCMO School District teaching third and fourth grade for three-years. In the photo, Andrew is flanked by (from left) Mill Creek Middle School Principal Josh Kindler and Superintendent Frank Harwood.