When you hear the phrase "outstanding teacher," who comes to mind? You may want to nominate this person for the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching/R-7 Teacher of the Year Award.

All community members, parents, and patrons are invited to nominate.

Twelve R-7 teachers will receive this year’s Excellence In Teaching Award and will also become a finalist for the Lee’s Summit School District’s annual Teacher of the Year Award. The district's Teacher of the Year goes on to compete in the Missouri State Teacher of the Year program.

Any certificated teacher, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and any guidance counselor or library media specialist is eligible to be selected as Teacher of the Year. All candidates must have been employed at least five years with the district and currently be working full-time.

Former Excellence In Teaching Award winners who are nominated again are eligible for consideration to receive one of three Teacher of Distinction awards. Teachers of Distinction also interview for Teacher of the Year.

The Excellence In Teaching and Teacher of Distinction award recipients will be selected by a committee composed of R-7 staff and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the community. The 12 Excellence In Teaching winners will be announced in April and honored at an April reception, where the Teacher of the Year will be announced.

Nomination forms will be available via the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Teacher of the Year website. To learn whether your candidate meets the five-year and full-time criteria, contact us at 816-986-1017. The deadline for nominations is January 31.

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