Grandview Kindergarten Teacher Holly Bright was named the USD 490 2019-2020 District Teacher of the Year during the Board of Education meeting on November 11.
Bright has worked for USD 490 since 2016, serving as a member of the Science Cadre and District Leadership Team in addition to teaching Kindergarten.
Before joining El Dorado Public Schools, Bright worked as a substitute in USD 500 for three years, and as a Kindergarten Teacher in the same district for six years prior to that.
From 2004-2007, Bright was a preschool teacher at Hiersteiner Child Development Center.
Bright earned an Associates of Arts degree from Johnson County Community College and attended the University of Missouri for a year before completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Emporia State University in 2007. She is currently working on her Masters degree in Childhood Special Education at ESU.
In addition to her hard work in the classroom, Bright has invested time into serving in other ways. She tutored at-risk and ESOL students, was a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, mentored UMKC junior students, was a Girl Scout Troop Leader, became District Guided Reading Certified in USD 500, mentored Pittsburg State University student teachers, became a Certified Mentor for ESU student teachers, worked with the Foster Grandparent Program, was involved with the high school mentoring program, and coached youth athletes.
In addition to being the USD 490 2019-2020 District Teacher of the Year, Bright will also represent El Dorado Public Schools as the 2020 Kansas Master Teacher nominee and 2021 Kansas Teacher of the Year nominee.