Teacher of the Year

2022 Nominees

Teacher of the Year nominees are selected by their peers in their respective South Bend School Corporation schools, designating them as the Teacher of the Year for their school.

Nominees demonstrate robust educational history, professional accomplishments, and ongoing professional development.

Sue ArcherSusan Archer

Kindergarten, Lincoln Elementary School



Lori AllenLori Allen

Grade 6, LaSalle Academy



Kathleen AveryKathleen Avery

Grade 2, Madison STEAM Academy



Mike BeasleyMike Beasley

Physical Education, Darden Elementary School



Jennifer BiggsJennifer Biggs

Grade 3, Muessel Elementary School



Brian BurkartBrian Burkart

Mathematics, Adams High School



Shanell BushShanell Bush

Music, Coquillard Elementary School



Neil CarmichaelNeil Carmichael

Fine Arts, Nuner Fine Arts Academy



Megan CastoMegan Casto

Kindergarten, Wilson Elementary School



Tony ChelminiakTony Chelminiak

Social Studies, Washington High School



Lesa CottoLesa Cotto

Grade 8, Jackson Middle School



Katie CousinsKatie Cousins

Early Childhood, Marquette Montessori Academy



Mercedes FreemanMercedes Freeman

English Language Learners, Jefferson Traditional School



Aaron GoldsteinAaron Goldstein

DIS, Edison Middle School



Randall Hanback

Approve Program, Studebaker Center



Bethany HelmsBethany Helms

Kindergarten, Kennedy Academy



Pamela HirschlerPamela Hirschler

Grade 4, Swanson Traditional School



Kiersten JamesKiersten James

Kindergarten, Harrison Elementary School



Elizabeth Johnson

Special Education, Warren Elementary School



Joan Johnson-BoydJoan Johnson-Boyd

Grade 2, Monroe Elementary School



Emily KiskaEmily Kiska

Grade 2, Marshall Elementary School



Joshua MielcarekJoshua Mielcarek

Health and Physical Education, Rise Up Academy



Claudia PedrazaClaudia Pedraza

Title I Intervention, Navarre Middle School



Sean RowellSean Rowell

Special Education, McKinley Elementary School



Frannie SemrinecFrannie Semrinec

Grade 2, Clay International Academy



Nancy SimoniNancy Simoni

Science, Riley High School



André TchakerianAndré Tchakerian

Social Studies, Dickinson Fine Arts Academy



Tracy ZahlTracy Zahl

Special Education, Clay High School