NEW PALESTINE — The Southern Hancock teacher of the year is Sugar Creek Elementary School third-grade teacher Kayci Dycus.
Dycus, who has been teaching in the district for eight years, was one of five educators nominated by district peers as a finalist for the annual honor.
In April, each of the district’s five school staffs selected their school’s outstanding teacher of the year, and Dycus was chosen as the winner from the top five. She received a plaque from teacher’s association president Clark Fralick during the Monday evening school board meeting.
Fralick said each teacher in the district was asked to submit information about some of the more interesting things they do in the classroom. Then, teachers had the opportunity to read what their co-workers were accomplishing and cast a vote for the best teacher. Once the schools chose their teachers of the year, the process was repeated for the overall award.
The other finalists were Brandywine Elmentary School art teacher Paula Boucher; New Palestine Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Susie Jameson; Doe Creek Middle School science teacher John Alter; and New Palestine High School English teacher Caroline Clayton.