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Golubski, Weltz Announced as District Teacher of the Year Honorees, 09/21/2023

Spring Hill Schools is excited to announce its district elementary and secondary honorees for the 2025 Kansas Teacher of the Year award: Melanie Golubski and Michelle Weltz. This award recognizes the district's outstanding certified teachers who excel in the areas of student success, content expertise, innovation and service to the profession.

The elementary Teacher of the Year honoree is Melanie Golubski from Dayton Creek Elementary. Golubski is currently in her seventh year in the district and is a first grade teacher at DCES.

Melanie Golubski holding wooden, apple-shaped Teacher of the Year award plaque

"I am excited and flattered to receive this award,” said Golubski. “Teaching has become my passion of mine over the last seven years. I love my job and working with students by influencing their education. I enjoy fostering students' love for learning. Making connections with students and their families is imperative to me. I appreciate the support I've received from the district, administration, mentor teachers, and families of my students. It is a privilege to receive this honor!”

The secondary Teacher of the Year honoree is Michelle Weltz from Spring Hill High. Weltz is currently in her nineteenth year in the district and is an English teacher at SHHS.

Michelle Weltz holding wooden, apple-shaped Teacher of the Year award plaque and balloons

“I am deeply humbled and grateful to receive the district-level Secondary Teacher of the Year award," said Weltz. “This award is a testament to the dedication and collaborative spirit of our educational community, and I would not be the educator I am today if it weren’t for the passion and support of my colleagues. I am thankful for the trust and faith my students have in me as their teacher which drives my passion and desire to create a welcoming, nurturing, and engaging learning environment every day. One of the greatest honors, however, is to be a small part of these students’ lives as their high school English teacher and have a seat at the table when they are making huge life decisions. To be even considered the building-level nominee, let alone the secondary selection for the entire district, is an incredible honor that I do not take for granted.”

Kansas Teacher of the Year logoEach year, the Kansas State Department of Education sponsors a statewide competition looking for an outstanding teacher to become its Kansas Teacher of the Year. Our two district honorees will submit applications to be considered for the state’s award. Its mission is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance and the teaching profession. The regional recognition ceremony will be held in April 2024, and the 2025 Kansas Teacher of the Year Leadership Conference & Award Banquet will be held in September 2024.