Sandra Winn, a fourth-grade teacher at Independence Intermediate School, is the Yukon Public Schools Teacher of the Year, a district spokeswoman announced Tuesday.
Winn has 30 years teaching experience.
On Tuesday morning, YPS Administration, Independence Intermediate Administration and Mrs. Keri Smith, 2020 YPS Teacher of the Year, surprised her and her students with the news.
“I was completely caught off guard,” Winn said, smiling. “I am so excited to represent such an amazing district and the career for which I have worked so hard.”
Over the last three decades of teaching, Winn said her goal has been to serve every student in a manner that guarantees their success both now and in the future.
“I don’t view it as a job, I get to come to school every day and learn new things and be positive for everyone here,” Winn said.
The other finalists for Teacher of the Year were Melodie Bucher, a special education teacher at Redstone Intermediate School, and Amanda Huffman, a kindergarten teacher at Ranchwood Elementary.
The district has also named Kristen Martin, visual arts teacher at Central Elementary, as the Rookie Teacher of the Year for 2021 and Susi Rea, secretary at Central Elementary as YPS Support Employee of the Year.