By: Stacy Wheeler, Executive Director, Back To School Teachers Store—
Muncie, IN—Local educators took center stage at the Back To School Teachers Store’s 2nd Annual Teacher Appreciation Gala on August 9th at MadJax in Muncie. “We are about inspiring and celebrating teachers,” said BTSTS President Megan Quirk. “We aim to support teachers who do extraordinary things in the classroom every day.” The Back To School Teachers Store, a local non-profit, provides quality classroom supplies, at no cost, to kids in need through teachers and schools in Delaware County year round. Last year the local non-profit donated $850,000 worth of school supplies to teachers at no cost.
The BTSTS Teachers Gala was sponsored by Ball State University – Online and Strategic Learning, City of Muncie – Mayor’s Office, Muncie Kiwanis, and Pridemark Construction and in partnership with Delaware County’s Paths To Quality Program and Muncie Community Schools. Additionally, other community business partners assisted with the awards presentations including Mutual Bank, Quirk and Hunter Attorneys at Law, and Stallings Wealth Management. Steve Lindell from WLBC 104.1 FM – Woof Boom Radio was the event’s emcee.
Top teachers were selected by their respective organizations.
Delaware County’s Early Educator Awards:
Emarie Warner – Paths To Quality Level 3 Teacher of the Year – Wes-Del Pre-school
Lois Noggle – Paths To Quality Level 4 Teacher of the Year – Playtime Child Care
MCS Top Honors:
Kristofer Scholtes, MCS Overall District Winner – Muncie Central High Teacher of the Year.
Devon Barbosa, MCS Elementary Level District Winner – South View Elementary Teacher of the Year.
MCS Building Level Winners:
Angela Brobst, East Washington Academy Teacher of the Year
Kayla Stone, Grissom Elementary Teacher of the Year
Faith Serf, Longfellow Elementary Teacher of the Year
Kara Jackson, North View Elementary Teacher of the Year
Brenda Cribbs, West View Elementary Teacher of theYear
Christine Addington, Northside Middle School Teacher of the Year
Taryn McKnight, Southside Middle School Teacher of the Year
Tracy Oxley, Muncie Area Career Center Teacher of the Year
Rolanda Boggs, MCS’s Youth Opportunity Center Teacher of the Year
People’s Choice—Teacher of the Year (voted by Gala participants)
Taryn McKnight, Southside Middle School
For more information about the event, visit https://www.backtoschoolteacherstore.org/teacher-appreciation-gala/
About The Back To School Teachers Store
Founded in 2004, The Back To School Teachers Store (BTSTS) nonprofit provides quality school supplies at no cost to local kids in need through Muncie and Delaware County teachers. BTSTS is a junior affiliate resource center of the national Kids in Need Foundation. Learn more: btsts.org