SM East journalism teacher named finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year

Tate with the plaque commemorating his nomination for 2011 Kansas Teacher of the Year.

Dow Tate, the Shawnee Mission East journalism teacher who earlier this year received a Gold Key from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association, has been named a Region 3 finalist for the 2011 Kansas Teacher of the Year award. The other finalist from Region 3 is Karen Tritt, who won the Kansas Teacher of the Year award in 2010 as a foreign language teacher at Shawnee Mission West.

Tate and Tritt will join the finalists from the other three regions in the state at a ceremony in Wichita on November 20 where the winner will be announced.