Teacher of the Year

The WDE administers and implements the Teacher of the Year program, which includes an unbiased, objective process to annually select the individual most deserving of the award and capable of serving on the board under W.S. 21-2-201(c)(ii).

2017 Teacher of the Year, Ryan Fuhrman

  • 2017 Ryan Fuhrman, Sheridan Junior High School
  • 2016 Amy Pierson, Cloud Peak Elementary
  • 2015 Tyler Bartlett, Newcastle Middle School
  • 2014 Mick Wiest, Fort Mackenzie
  • 2013 Laura Drake, Goins Elementary
  • 2012 Hebert “Brent” Daly, Campbell County High School
  • 2011 Laurie Graves, Big Horn Elementary
  • 2010 Christina Mills, Lingle-Ft. Laramie High School
  • 2009 Alice King, Campbell County High School
  • 2008 Eileen Johnson, Indian Paintbrush Elementary
  • 2007 Mark Nethercott, Star Valley High School
  • 2006 Carol Kirkwood, Laramie High School
  • 2005 Debi Gaines, Saratoga Elementary
  • 2004 Jack Patrick, Saratoga High School
  • 2003 Eric Stemle, Evanston High School
  • 2002 Marcia Patton, Kelly Walsh High School
  • 2001 Cindy Gulisano, Lingle-Ft. Laramie Elementary School
  • 2000 Bernie Schnorenberg, Sundance Elementary School
  • 1999 June Vialpando Moore, Beitel Elementary School
  • 1998 Mary Ellen Krisko, Worland Middle School
  • 1997 Kevin Tennant, Campbell County High School
  • 1996 Pamela Moore, Aspen Elementary School
  • 1995 Joan Brummond, Afflerbach Elementary School
  • 1994 Sharon Yovich, Thayer Elementary School
  • 1993 Judith McBride, Slade Elementary School
  • 1992 Joan Marie, Barker Green River High School
  • 1991 Bette Sample, Gertrude Burns Elementary School
  • 1990 Rod Laird, Saratoga Elementary & Middle School
  • 1989 Mark Levitt, Green River High School
  • 1988 Janice Truchot, Sundance Elementary School
  • 1987 Lois Distad, Bar Nunn Elementary School
  • 1986 Mercine Miller, Tongue River Elementary School
  • 1985 Robert Meredith, Shoshoni High School
  • 1984 Charlotte Levendosky, Crest Hill Elementary School
  • 1983 Ann Tollefson, Natrona County High School
  • 1982 Robert Hilgenfeld, East Junior High School
  • 1981 Lois Sackman, Riverton High School
  • 1980 Elizabeth Shelton, Big Horn High School
  • 1979 Mignon Hill, Laramie Elementary Schools
  • 1978 Steve Campbell, Ashgrove Elementary School
  • 1977 Jeanne Curran, Rock Springs East Junior High School
  • 1976 Rosaleee Ammons, Osage Elementary School
  • 1975 Margaret Mecca, Hot Springs County High School
  • 1974 Maxine Torbert, Sheridan High School
  • 1973 Helen Meldrum, Buffalo High School
  • 1972 Margaret Blacker, Laramie High School
  • 1971 William Malloy, Thermopolis Elementary & Junior High School
  • 1970 Janette Plott, Central Junior High School, Sheridan WY
  • 1969 Karl Allen, Hot Springs County High School
  • 1968 Helen Kienlan, Elementary
  • 1967 Ann Halseth, Yellow Tone School, Rocksprings
  • 1966 Pearl Bader, Ten Sleep Elementary School
  • 1965 Lawrence Bays, Wheatland High School
  • 1964 Letha Dickinson, Riverton Elementary School
  • Dana Gale, Platte County School District #1
  • Rachel Giesmann, Fremont County School District #1
  • Kathryn Watson, Platte County School District #2
  • Robyn Wilkinson, Converse County School District #1
  • Dirk Andrews, Natrona County School District #1
  • Elizabeth Becher, Washakie County School District #1
  • Shannon Blackmore, Park County School District #1
  • Brandi Boltz, Washakie County School District #2
  • Casey Bowe, Big Horn County School District #3
  • Christopher Cox, Johnson County School District #1
  • Catelyn Deromedi, Hot Springs County School District #1
  • Jessica Mae Finn, Weston County School District #7
  • Rosemary Graff, Fremont County School District #2
  • Shirley Hall, Lincoln County School District #2
  • Katie Hernandez, Big Horn County School District #2
  • Mitch Irrgang, Sublette County School District #1
  • Aftann Kissling, Fremont County School District #24
  • Laurel Main, Sheridan County School District #1
  • Jessica Marron, Park County School District #16
  • Terry McCrann, Sweetwater County School District #1
  • Lucinda McGeary, Campbell County School District #1
  • Dr. Jennifer Mellizo, Albany County School District #1
  • Robin Miller, Teton County School District #1
  • Rhonda Morrison, Laramie County School District #2
  • Angela Ochsner, Goshen County School District #1
  • Rita Perkins, Uinta County School District #6
  • Jerod Ready, Park County School District #6
  • Shane Steiss, Sweetwater County School District #2
  • Candace Stoll, Converse County School District #2
  • Dale Wille, Carbon County School District #1

2018 Teacher of the Year Applications

Applicants must complete their own application and submit it to the review committee in their local school district. The TOY program guidelines for both the teacher applicant and each district’s review committee are included in the application.

The 2018 Wyoming Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of Wyoming District Teachers of the Year and will be announced in the fall of 2017. Wyoming’s Teacher of the Year automatically becomes a nominee for the National Teacher of the Year.

Please see the 2018 guidelines for more information: 2018-WTOY-Program-Guidelines

The entire application package, along with the 2018 DTOY Submission Form, must be postmarked no later than Monday, May 8, 2017:

Wyoming Department of Education
Attn: Robin Grandpre
2300 Capitol Ave., Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne WY 82002-2060

2018 Teacher of the Year Application - Due by May 8, 2017

2018 Teacher of the Year Application - Due by May 8, 2017

The Teacher of the Year Program recognizes the contributions of a certified classroom teacher in kindergarten through grade twelve. There are three awards for which a teacher may be eligible:

• District Teacher of the Year (DTOY)
• Wyoming Teacher of the Year (WTOY)
• National Teacher of the Year (NTOY)

Each DTOY awardee is eligible to be considered for the WTOY award. Candidates wishing to be considered for both the DTOY and WTOY awards must complete this application in its entirety.

IMPORTANT: This application is used in the selection of the WTOY, and NTOY. The school district will complete the application of its successful DTOY candidate to the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) no later than Monday, May 8, 2017. Upon receipt of this application from the school district, the DTOY will be considered for the WTOY award.

DTOY Selection Process
Each school district may determine its own nomination and review process. A teacher can be nominated from each school in the district, or districts may choose to nominate teachers from one small, one medium, and one large school within the district. The method for selecting candidates is entirely up to the district, and teachers can be nominated by parents, students, colleagues, principals, and so on. The DTOY review committee may consist of building principals, district superintendents, colleagues, student organizations, building staff/faculty, general public, and local legislators (relatives of the DTOY candidates should be excluded from the review process). Districts must submit the 2018 DTOY Submission Form along with all of the contents of this application to the WDE no later than Monday, May 8, 2017.

Only the application for the DTOY awardee should be forwarded to the WDE. The DTOY awardees from each district will be considered for the WTOY award. The WTOY awardee from each state will be considered for the NTOY award. The timeline and selection process for the WTOY and NTOY awards is detailed in this application packet.

Duties & Responsibilities of the WTOY
The successful candidate who will serve as the Wyoming Teacher of the Year must maintain his/her current employment position. If the WTOY is selected as the National Teacher of the Year, they will be released from classroom responsibilities during the year of national recognition.

Being named Wyoming Teacher of the Year comes with significant responsibility--representing the teaching profession in Wyoming.

The Teacher of the Year acts as:
• A liaison between the teaching community, Wyoming Legislature, Wyoming Department of Education, districts and communities.
• An education ambassador to businesses, parents, service organizations, and media.
• A resource on the state of the profession; to be available for workshops and conferences around the state.
• An education leader involved in teacher forums and education reform.

The Wyoming Teacher of the Year is also expected to attend both state and national events such as education meetings, conferences, and workshops.

Since the Wyoming Teacher of the Year will be requested to attend many events and make speeches during the year, they must be poised, articulate, and have the energy to withstand a busy schedule.

Wyoming’s Teacher of the Year automatically becomes the nominee for the National Teacher of the Year Program, which is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers. 

Selection Criteria for WTOY
A candidate for Wyoming Teacher of the Year (WTOY) is a district TOY who teaches pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, who is planning to continue in an active teaching status.

The candidate for WTOY has the respect and admiration of their colleagues and:

1. is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence,
2. collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success,
3. deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large,
4. demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning, and
5. expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.

Contents of a complete application packet
To be considered for the WTOY award, the following items must be submitted to the WDE* by the deadline specified in the next section:

 Section 1: Basic Information
 Section 2: Parts A, B, & C
 Section 3: Three Recommendation Letters

If you are chosen as Wyoming Teacher of the Year, the WDE Coordinator will reach out to you for more information. including headshot, demographic information, professional association memberships, Nation Board Certified teacher, school demographics, etc.

The WDE will contact the successful candidate and provide the signature page, the W-9 for New Vendor form, and the WY Vendor Management Packet to the WTOY award no later than October 9, 2017.

Section 1: Basic Information

Section 2: Resume and Narrative (Parts A, B, and C)

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Please include your resume in a separate document to accompany this application. Resumes should not exceed two pages. Required categories are as follows:  Education  Certifications  Experience  Leadership  Awards & Other Recognition
Write your professional biography in 3rd person, as this will be used in promotional materials for WTOY and NTOY speaking opportunities and engagements. By completing this section, you agree that your biography and headshot can be used in WTOY and NTOY materials. (maximum 250 words)

Section 3: Supporting Evidence

Attach three (3) recommendations that support why you should be the 2018 Teacher of the Year. At least one of these must be a recommendation from a parent, colleague, administrator, or student and each letter should not exceed one page in length. All three recommendations can be submitted in one document.
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2018 District Teacher of the Year Submission Form

2018 District Teacher of the Year Submission Form

District Committee's Selection Process
To be completed by the District and included with the selected application.

Names of School District Committee Members

Names of Applicants from this District

Nomination and Selection Process

District Teacher of the Year Selection

DTOY will be added to the WDE website.
District Superintendent Name *This will be verified before the DTOY is entered in for the WTOY selection process

2018 Teacher of the Year Timeline and Selection Process



By a deadline established by your local school districtSubmit this application to the point person(s) who facilitates the TOY program in your district.
May 8, 2017Each local school district submits this application and the 2018 DTOY Submission Form for its DTOY awardee to the WDE. All DTOY awardees become candidates for the WTOY award.
May through September 2017WDE Team moves through its selection process for WTOY.
No later than October 2, 2017Each participating district announces its DTOY awardee. The local school district may choose to announce its DTOY any time before this date but no later than this date.

Please note: a DTOY that becomes a finalist for WTOY will be notified sometime between May and August.

No later than October 9, 20172018 WTOY awardee is announced by the WDE.
November 2017Monetary awards for the DTOYs and WTOY are processed*: $4,000 to the WTOY; $800 to top four (4) DTOYs; $450 to all other DTOYs

*Award amounts became effective in August 2016. Award amounts are contingent upon availability of state funding.

November 2, 2017Application for the National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) award is due. This is submitted by the WDE on behalf of the WTOY.
November through December 2017The National Selection Committee moves through its selection process for NTOY.
January 2018Four NTOY finalists, their state superintendent, and state teams of the four states selected will be notified by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
March 2018The four NTOY finalists will be brought to Washington, D.C., where they will meet with the Selection Committee in a variety of situations, including individual interviews.
April/May 2018The 2018 National Teacher of the Year will be announced and honored in Washington, DC.