WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An educator with the Tippecanoe School Corporation was named a finalist for Teacher of the Year.
Harrison High School teacher Kathy Nimmer was one of 10 finalists named by the Indiana Department of Education for the award. Nimmer teaches English and creative writing and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Trinity Christian College and a master’s degree in English from Purdue University.
Nimmer, who has been teaching at Harrison since 1992, is a national board-certified teacher, a 1998 Golden Apple Award winner and two-time recipient of the Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship. She has two books published on disability, one in 2006 and the other in 2010.
In a release to News 18, Harrison Principal Al Remaly said Nimmer is very deserving of this recognition.
“Kathy is one of the most passionate teachers I have ever seen,” Remaly said in the release. “She has the ability to bring her class to life and positively impact each student. …She has a unique style that sets her apart from others and distinguishes her as one of the best educators I have seen.”
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz made top 10 finalists announcement on Thursday. She said it was an honor to name them.
“As a life-long educator, I have always been impressed by the work the teachers do throughout Indiana day after day,” Ritz told News 18 in a release. “These teachers have demonstrated their dedication to their craft and their students and I am honored to name them as finalists for Indiana Teacher of the Year.”
According to the Department of Education, the Teacher of the Year will be chosen in October. The winner will advance on to the National Teacher of the Year competition.
The 2015 Top 10 Teacher of the Year finalists are as follows:
Grades 8-12, Mathematics
Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy
Indianapolis Public Schools
Grade 11, English
Heritage Jr/Sr High School
East Allen Community Schools
Grade 7, Math
Highland Hills Middle School
New Albany Floyd County Schools
Peter De Kever
Grade 10, English
Penn High School
Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation
Carol Draeger Thomas
High School, English
Rise Up Academy
South Bend School Corporation
8th Grade Social Studies
Center Grove Middle School Central
Center Grove Community School Corporation
Flint Springs Elementary
Huntington County Community School Corporation
Grades 10-11, English
William Henry Harrison High School
Tippecanoe School Corporation School
High School, Exceptional Learners
Lawrence Central High School
MSD of Lawrence Township
Grades 9-12, Choir and Piano Keyboard Labs
Connersville High School
Fayette County Community School Corporation