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MME Student Jason Sickel Named 2017 Kansas Teacher of the Year

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Jason Sickel, who is working on his MME through the Conservatory's summer MME program, has been named the 2017 Kansas Teacker of the Year by the Kansas State Department of Education.  

Jason is choral director at Blue Valley North High School.  

The KSDE New Release notes, "Sickel has taught at Blue Valley North High School for four years. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education in 2004 from Emporia State University. He currently is attending the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance to obtain his master’s degree in music education.

He has been teaching for 13 years and began his career as a vocal music teacher for Osawatomie USD 367. He also has taught at Louisburg USD 416 and Olathe USD 233.

Sickel is involved in several leadership activities and has developed numerous workshops and presentations.

'I can think of no other professional more deserving for this year’s Kansas Teacher of the Year Award than Jason Sickel,' said Tyson Ostroski, assistant principal at Blue Valley North High School. “It is because of him that young people feel empowered to grow not only as students but as people. There is little doubt that there will be countless people many years from now who will always remember the lessons learned in Mr. Sickel’s choir class.”

Read more here.

Congratulations!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu