The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released the names of 17 semifinalists for the 2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year, 10 of which are current MSTA members. The Teacher of the Year program spotlights the positive impact excellent teachers have on their students. The finalists for the 2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year award will be announced on Monday, August 26. Congratulations to these outstanding members!

  • Dan Brinkman, Washington – automotive technology, Four Rivers Career Center
  • Marie Ebbesmeyer, Paris R-II – second grade, Paris Elementary
  • Melissa Grandel, Fordland R-III – English language arts, Fordland High School
  • Zachary Hamby, Ava R-I – English language arts, Ava High School
  • Denise Henggeler, Northeast Nodaway Co. R-V – fourth grade, Northeast Nodaway Elementary
  • Mark Korell, St. Joseph – social studies, Robidoux Middle School
  • Kevin Lay, Gasconade Co. R-II – physics/physical science/STEM, Owensville High School
  • Blake Little, Lee’s Summit R-VII – history, Lee’s Summit High School
  • Olga McFadden, Waynesville R-VI – German, Waynesville High School
  • Shannon Porter, Zalma R-V – English language arts, Zalma Elementary