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Kansas Master Teacher Awards

Kansas Master Teacher Awards

Since 1954, select teachers from schools across the state have nominated, selected, and named Kansas Master Teachers. Since 1980, Bank of America has pledged more than $100,000 to permanently endow the Kansas Master Teacher awards.

Learn more about the selection process, the Kansas Master Teacher Recognition Day, and previous winners.

2023 nominations

The 2023 nominations are now open. Visit the link below to learn how to nominate.


February 22, 2022

Representing nearly 130 years of teaching experience, the seven members of the 2022 class of Kansas Master Teachers were announced today. The teachers chosen for this annual award are:

  • Andy Battenfield, Physical Education Teacher at Village Elementary School in USD 253 Emporia;
  • Melanie Hammond, Chemistry/Physical Science Teacher at South High School in USD 305 Salina ;
  • Karen Stohlmann Henderson, Mathematics & Engineering Teacher at Northwest High School in USD 229 Blue Valley;
  • Sarah M. Hoff, Social Studies Teacher at Dodge City High School in USD 443 Dodge City;
  • Gina Johnson, Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher at O'Loughlin Elementary School in USD 489 Hays;
  • Bryan Scruggs, Instructional Coach at Seitz Elementary School in USD 475 Geary County; and
  • Barbara Tholen, Journalism Adviser/Graphic Design Teacher at Lawrence High School in USD 497 Lawrence.

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Kansas Master Teacher Recognition Day

The 2022 Kansas Master Teacher Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 6 will honor the 2020 Kansas Master Teachers and the 2022 Kansas Master Teachers. Learn how to make your reservation for this event.

Eligibility, Nomination, Selection

Who is eligible? How does the nomination process work? How are the Kansas Master Teachers selected? Find out about the Kansas Master Teacher eligibility, nomination, and selection processes.

2022 Kansas Master Teachers

The seven members of the 2022 class of Kansas Master Teachers were announced February 22, 2022.

Previous Winners

Since 1954, hundreds of Kansas educators have been recognized as Kansas Master Teacher. Do you have a relative, friend, or colleague that was named a Kansas Master Teacher? Look through our archives of previous winners to find out.

Publicizing the Award

The award selection committee sends information about the Kansas Master Teacher Award through e-mail and hard copy mailings generated from the Kansas State Department of Education website contact list, as well as through social media. To ensure information reaches you, please keep your directory information updated with KSDE. We suggest individuals in charge of the local selection process bookmark this Kansas Master Teacher web site. Thank you for assisting us with our efforts to keep you informed.