Kansas City, May 2, 2017: Kansas City Public Schools recognized the best of Team KCPS during the Teacher of the Year ceremony Monday, May 1 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.
Derrik Wiggins of Carver Dual Language School was named the 2017 KCPS Teacher of the Year during the event and took home a personal trophy and a traveling trophy for his school, plus $5,000 donated by the Catalyst Fund for KCPS Students. Linda May of Success Academy at Knotts received the Principal of the Year Award.
This is the first time in recent history that KCPS has named a Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year. The Teacher of the Year will now become the school system’s nominee for the state award.
The other Teacher of the Year Award finalists were Grace Fourman of J.A. Rogers Elementary School and Arjun Ravindran of Central Middle School, both of whom were given trophies and $1,000 classroom grants from The Catalyst Fund. Douglas Bolden of Northeast High School and Anthony Madry of Central Academy of Excellence were the other finalists for the Principal of the Year Award.
Each KCPS school nominated a teacher for the Teacher of the Year Award, and all of the nominees were recognized during the event. All of the honorees were able to take home books and other classroom supplies donated by the KCPS Office of Students In Transition.
The ceremony was hosted by Southeast High School student Omari Tatum and Lincoln College Preparatory Academy student Adrianna Schoonover. The evening featured performances by Lincoln Prep poetry team members and Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts cellist Sam Brown.
The event sponsors included The Catalyst Fund, Jostens, Grand Canyon University, Cellar and Loft, and Staples.
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Learn more about each of the Teacher of the Year finalists in the videos below:
Teacher of the Year Derrik Wiggins (Carver Dual Language School)
Teacher of the Year Finalist Grace Fourman (J.A. Rogers Elementary School)
Teacher of the Year Finalist Arjun Ravindran (Central Middle School)