Two area teachers named finalists for Kansas Teacher of the Year

Kim Morrissey, an elementary education teacher at Dodge Literacy Magnet Elementary School in Wichita and Lu Ann Vides, a seventh-grade mathematics and science teacher at El Dorado Middle School have been named Region 4 finalists for the 2011 Kansas Teacher of the Year award.

Each will receive a $2,000 cash award and now become eligible to be named Kansas Teacher of the Year on Nov. 20.

They were among six teachers initially selected as semi-finalists in the Region 4 area, which covers the fourth U.S. congressional district. They were named finalists on Saturday.

The other semi-finalists in Region 4 included Keri Hadley, a fourth-grade teacher at Washington Elementary School in El Dorado; Lisa Terry, a kindergarten teacher at Robinson Elementary School in Augusta; Todd Hollis, a high school instrumental music teacher at Augusta High School; and Peter DeVries, a high school English teacher at Andover Central High School. Each of the semi-finalists received a red marble apple from The Master Teacher in Manhattan.

The teachers were among 90 across the state nominated for the Kansas Teacher of the Year.