Photo of Presentation of Celebrating Excellence in Education Support award
  • Celebrating Excellence in Education Support

    The award celebrates Maize USD 266 support staff members for the amazing work they do for the district and its mission of connecting, learning, and leading. This award is intended for any non-teacher employee who works with Maize USD 266 students. Nominees were surprised with a visit from Dr. Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools, at their workplaces.


    Congratulations to the 2018-19 winners of the Celebrating Excellence in Education Support Staff Awards!

    • Erin Ingalls, School Nurse, Maize Elementary School
    • Regina Jones, Head Custodian, Complete High School, Maize Career Academy, and the Educational Support Center
    • Jesse Meek, Technology Hardware Specialist, Maize South Middle School
    • Roxanne Thulin, Attendance Secretary, Maize High School
    • Tina Kiley, Para-educator, Maize High School
    • Marlon Rios, System Administrator, Maize South High School
    • Cheryl Rogers, Custodian, Vermillion Elementary School
    • Karen Znamenak, Bus Driver, USD 266
    • Eddie Henderson, Head Custodian, Maize South High School
    • Monie Prilliman, Head Custodian, Maize South Middle School
    • Jody Ralph, Instructional Para-educator, Pray-Woodman Elementary School
    • Patti Roberts, Bookkeeper, Maize Middle School
    • Jake Edwards, Kitchen Manager, Maize Elementary School
    • Kristi Olinger, Registrar, Maize High School
    • Jimmy Price, Custodian, Maize Early Childhood Center
    • Lacie Spain, Para-educator, Maize Middle School


  • Celebrating Excellence in Education

    This annual award program honors teachers in 5 categories and is nominated by their peers. Two of the award-winning teachers are selected to represent the district for the prestigious Kansas Teacher of the Year Award.


    Congratulations to the 2018-19 winners of the Celebrating Excellence in Education Awards!

    • Mandy Glasse, ELL, Early Childhood Center
    • Laura Potter, first-grade, Maize Central Elementary
    • Kelli Holguin, second-grade, Maize Elementary School
    • Kristin Dooley, fourth-grade, Maize South Elementary
    • Lyn Carnes, Maize Virtual Preparatory School
    • Ashlyn Johnson, second-grade, Pray-Woodman Elementary
    • Kelly Burkholder, sixth-grade, Vermillion Elementary School
    • Adam McCarthy, science, Maize Middle School
    • Steffanie Moore, counselor, Maize South Middle School
    • Amy Hammett, Science, Maize High School
    • Denise Hogan, FAA, Maize South High School
  • Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominees

    The Kansas Teacher of the Year Award recognizes and utilizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state. Its mission is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance, and the teaching profession.


    Congratulations to the nominees for the 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year!

    Photo of Kristin Dooley, 2019 KTYO Nominee  

    Kristen Dooley, 2020 KTOY Nominee


    Photo of Amy Hammett,  2019 KTOY Nominee

    Amy Hammett, 2020 KTOY Nominee