The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced the 2018-19 Regional Teachers of the Year as part of the Missouri Teacher of the Year program. Committees comprised of peers and key stakeholders for each Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) area selected the 32 teachers, who are each now eligible for the 2019 Missouri teacher of the year award.

Agency for Teaching, Leading, and Learning
Jean Lawson, Springfield R-XII – special education, Truman Elementary
Sarah Miesner, Nixa Public Schools – second grade, John Thomas School of Discovery
Jacque Rice, Dallas Co. R-I – instructional technology, Buffalo Middle School

Central RP DC
Caroline Askew, Chilhowee R-IV – library media, Chilhowee Elementary, Chilhowee High School
Aimee Bredehoeft, Concordia R-II – art, Concordia Elementary, Concordia High School

Heart of Missouri
Christina Cosgrove, Warren Co. R-III – fourth grade, Daniel Boone Elementary
Julie Ellis, Montgomery Co. R-II – English language arts, Montgomery Co. High School
Robyn Frame, Fulton 58 – kindergarten, Bartley Elementary

Kansas City RP DC
Anne Braun, Lee’s Summit R-VII – fifth/sixth grade, Woodland Elementary
Debra Fremouw, Fort Osage R-I – English language arts, Osage Trail Middle School
Elizabeth Hart, Belton 124 – special education, Kentucky Trail Elementary
Arjun Ravindran, Kansas City 33 – mathematics, Central Middle School
Kate Rettig, Liberty 53 – third grade, Lillian Schumacher Elementary
Lori Williams, Independence 30 – kindergarten/first grade, Three Trails Elementary

Northeast RP DC
Robyn Howell, Macon Co. R-I – library media, Macon High School

Northwest RP DC
Kirsten Applegate, Stanberry R-II – seventh/eighth grade, Stanberry Elementary, Stanberry High School South Central RP DC
Amber Galiher, West Plains R-VII – kindergarten, West Plains Elementary
Sarah Grodie, Meramec Valley R-III – kindergarten, Zitzman Elementary

Southeast RP DC
Christie Kenedy, New Madrid Co. R-I – fifth grade, Matthews Elementary
Rhett Oldham, Ste. Genevieve Co. R-II – history, Ste. Genevieve Middle School

Southwest Center
Tobin Schultz, Carl Junction R-I – business/social studies/marketing, Carl Junction High School
Ruth Wydick, Lamar R-I – special education, West Elementary

St. Louis
Scott Borcherding, Hazelwood – mathematics, Hazelwood West High School
Stacy Castro, Valley Park – kindergarten, Valley Park Elementary
Jennifer Luker, Confluence Academies – social science, Confluence Preparatory Academy
Shelly Parks, Francis Howell R-III – English, Francis Howell North High School
Jennifer Riesenmy, Ladue – English language arts, Old Bonhomme Elementary
Fawn Ruch, Northwest R-I – art, Northwest High School
Albert Sanders, St. Louis City – pre-K, Adams Elementary
Danielle Stilts, Parkway C-2 – library media, Highcroft Ridge Elementary
Laura Thomas, Lindbergh Schools – mathematics, Lindbergh Sr. High School
Katherine Zak, Wentzville R-IV – first grade, Lakeview Elementary

The Regional Teacher of the Year program began in 2016 in an effort to celebrate outstanding teachers from all areas of the state. The Missouri Teacher of the Year for 2018-19 will be selected in August. The program recognizes the efforts of effective teachers in providing a quality education to their students.

Beth Davey, a music teacher from Iveland Elementary (Ritenour) is the current Missouri Teacher of the Year.

DESE conducts the Missouri Teacher of the Year program with financial support provided by the Boeing Company and the Monsanto Fund.