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[s14] KRUSE REPORT: Recognizing Great Hoosier Teachers
Start Date: 10/18/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/18/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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It’s important for us to recognize great Hoosier teachers all year long. They spend countless hours educating our children in hopes of leading them down a successful path. At some point during this fall, I encourage you to take the time to reach out to the teachers in your family’s life and thank them for all that they do.

Each year, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) conducts a special program to honor outstanding classroom teachers from across the state. In accordance with the National Teacher of the Year guidelines, one teacher is chosen to represent Indiana at the national level. The 2014 Indiana Teacher of the Year was announced earlier this month – Steve Perkins, a Latin teacher from North Central High School in Indianapolis, was awarded the title.

The Indiana Teacher of the Year recognition program is a great way to celebrate teachers who strive to inspire all students to learn and who also positively impact the community outside of school.

Two Northeast Indiana teachers were finalists for this year’s Teacher of the Year award: Sarah Shatto-Jones from Homestead High School, and Emily J. Oberlin from South Side High School. I would like to thank them for their service to Hoosier students and for setting examples of excellence in the classroom.

Teachers play such a pivotal role in our society, and one of my goals at the Statehouse is to make sure we recruit and train the best teachers.

To ensure our teacher’s receive high-quality training that will benefit our students, the Indiana General Assembly passed Senate Enrolled Act 409, requiring the IDOE to develop performance standards for teacher-education programs at our colleges and universities. These standards will be used to highlight programs that are excelling, and help us determine what makes those programs so successful.

The goal of this initiative is to improve our teacher-education programs across the state so that all Indiana educators are equipped to lead a 21st-century classroom.

Another way we can share positive teaching techniques with our educators is through the Improving Teacher Quality Partnership Program. The program was designed to bring local school corporations and higher education communities together to ensure that teaching methods are adequately preparing young students for success.


The Improving Teacher Quality Grant program was created, funded and operates under the federal legislation known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The program provides funds to create these partnerships within high-need school districts. The funds help support the professional development of teachers in core academic subjects.

It’s important that legislators, community leaders, families and students recognize the hard work and dedication of our Indiana teachers. They spend their days molding and guiding young minds, while accommodating all kinds of learning styles, abilities and emotions.


Every teacher is a great teacher in their own way. That’s why we must continue to support them so they have the skills and tools necessary to make a difference in the lives of our children.


What do you think?




Contact Information:
Name: Brady Hagerty
Phone: 317-232-9425
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