Emporia High School teacher Lana Knuth had a pleasant surprise Monday morning, when she was announced as a nominee for Kansas Teacher of the Year.
Knuth is a mathematics and AVID elective teacher at Emporia High. She says she was surprised and excited.
Knuth has been teaching at Emporia High for 13 years, and just recently got involved in the AVID program. Part of Knuth's teaching philosophy is encouraging students to dream big, and according to her, that's probably part of why she was nominated.
Award nominees must be full-time teachers who have taught at least five years. Each district may nominate two teachers, one from the elementary level and another from the high school level.
Four regional semifinalists will be picked from all applicants across the state next fall. The Kansas State Department of Education will present the 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year award in November.