The Shawnee Mission School District has named Briarwood sixth grade teacher Jonathan Ferrell its elementary level nominee for the Kansas State Department of Education’s Kansas Teacher of the Year program.
Last year, Ferrell was one of the featured presenters at the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation State of the District breakfast. He was also named Brairwood teacher of the year.
Briarwood Principal Chris Lash said credited Ferrell with fostering an environment where students are constantly pushing the boundaries of what they thought they could achieve.
“Jonathan teaches his students to use a growth mindset, so they can learn from their mistakes and persevere as they learn and create things they never thought were possible,” he said.
Each year, every Kansas district has the ability to nominate one elementary- and one secondary-level teacher to the statewide program. The state will name finalists from four regions in September, and will then name the overall winners in November.
Shawnee Mission named eighth grade social studies teacher Kristen Holmes as its secondary-level nominee.