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Teacher of the Year

In January of each year, LSR7 opens a nomination process to celebrate outstanding educators in our school community in collaboration with the Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce. Certified educators with more than 5 years of service in LSR7 are considered for one of two recognitions:

Excellence in Teaching Award: Given annually to twelve teachers, counselors or library media specialists who embody overall dedication and excellence in LSR7.

Teachers of Distinction Award: Given annually to three former Excellence In Teaching recipients who have been nominated again.  

Excellence In Teaching or Teacher of Distinction recipients go on to interview for LSR7's Teacher of the Year award. This teacher serves as a representative all of the outstanding educators in the R-7 district and goes on to compete for Missouri Teacher of the Year awarded by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Learn all about Holly Dahn, our 2022 Teacher of the Year.

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The 2022 nomination window closed at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2022.

The 2023 nomination window will reopen in January 2023.