Michelle Sumler, a math teacher at Belton High School, has been named a Regional Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). She was selected as one of six recipients in the Kansas City Region and one of 34 from across the state who are now eligible for consideration as the Missouri Teacher of the Year. This past spring, Sumler was honored as the 2019 Belton School District Teacher of the Year.
Sumler, who has been working in the District for 11 years, is proud to have been selected for this honor. “In Belton, I am surrounded by so many amazing teachers and students who inspire me and push me to be better every day. I have had the unique pleasure of teaching in the same district where my children have gone to school since they were 3 years old,” said Sumler.
“From preschool through high school, I can say that Belton School District No. 124 is top-notch and I am honored to represent our awesome district to the state of Missouri.”
This is the second year Belton has had a teacher receive the Regional Teacher of the Year honor. In 2018-19, elementary special education teacher Elizabeth Hart, after being named the KC Regional Teacher of the Year, went on to become one of the seven state finalists for Missouri Teacher of the Year.
DESE’s Regional Teacher of the Year recognition program is designed to focus public attention on excellence in teaching and to honor teachers across Missouri. Candidates are judged on how they are respected by students, parents, colleagues, and the community; and whether or not they play an active role in the school community and provide quality leadership among their peers. Recipients must be able to demonstrate a strong ability to foster excellence in education through improved student learning.