Westonka Teacher of the Year Award

  • Leanna Koepp

    Westonka Education Minnesota is excited to launch the Westonka Teacher of the Year program.  We will be collecting nominations from staff, students, parents and community members. 

    Nominations for the 2023-24 award must be submitted by October 27, 2023. The nomination form is digital and will only take a few moments to complete.

    Teacher of the Year Nomination Form

    Nominees must meet the following criteria:

    • Teach pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
    • Hold at least a bachelor's degree and a Minnesota teaching license.
    • Have completed at least five full years of teaching by nomination deadline.
    • Intend to teach during the next school year.

    Please consider nominating an outstanding Westonka educator!

Westonka News

2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Corey Bulman

  • MN Teacher of the Year

    Westonka Schools is proud to announce that Corey Bulman, an English teacher at Mound Westonka High School, was named the 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Bulman is the 53rd recipient of the state's top teaching award and the first from the Westonka district.


Award History

  • *denotes winner

    2024 Nominees

    • Meredith Braget, Westonka Early Learning
    • Gretchen Chilson, Mound Westonka High School
    • *Leanna Koepp, Shirley Hills Primary School
    • Joey Sevre, Grandview Middle School
    • Brianna Vogtlin, Hilltop Primary School

    2023 Nominees and Winner

    • *Melissa Bray, Shirley Hills Primary School
    • Freya Klein, Grandview Middle School
    • Angela LaJoy, Westonka Early Learning
    • Lauren Singsank, Shirley Hills Primary School
    • Greg Sullivan, Mound Westonka High School 

    2022 Nominees and Winner

    • Amy DiGaudio, Mound Westonka High School
    • *Mara Drill, Hilltop Primary School
    • Bailey Fowler, Grandview Middle School
    • Lyndsay Geyen, Westonka Early Learning
    • Jodie Rasicot, Shirley Hills Primary School

    2021 Nominees and Winner

    • Calleigh Forcier, Westonka Early Learning
    • *Elizabeth Hausladen, Shirley Hills Primary School
    • Chantelle Jordahl, Hilltop Primary School
    • Aaron Thorpe, Grandview Middle School
    • Kristin Wallace, Mound Westonka High School

    2020 Nominees and Winner

    • Klair Hans, Hilltop Primary School
    • Christie Latterner, Westonka Early Learning
    • Jessica Lunski, Grandview Middle School
    • *Sara Schwartz, Mound Westonka High School
    • Bobbie Jo Tronsgard, Shirley Hills Primary School

    2019 Nominees and Winner

    • Annemarie Brockopp, Westonka Early Learning
    • *Deb Castner, Grandview Middle School
    • Laura Hensley, Mound Westonka High School
    • Scott Lhotka, Shirley Hills Primary School
    • Theresa Schmidt, Hilltop Primary School

    2018 Nominees and Winner

    • June Heather Carver, Westonka Early Learning
    • Kim Collins, Hilltop Primary School
    • *Jennifer Naslund, Shirley Hills Primary School
    • Lisa Paul, Mound Westonka High School
    • Katie Rutledge, Grandview Middle School

    2017 Nominees and Winner

    • *Corey Bulman, Mound Westonka High School
    • Lori Knauf, Shirley Hills Primary School
    • Cyndi Loewen, Hilltop Primary School
    • Jean Ann Thayer, Grandview Middle School

    2016 Nominees and Winner

    • Mindy Barrett, Hilltop Primary School
    • *Sue Simonson, Mound Westonka High School
    • Dena Spanjers, Shirley Hills Primary School
    • Julie Thomas, Grandview Middle School

    2015 Nominees and Winner

    • *Ali LaLonde, Grandview Middle School
    • Karen Olaussen, Shirley Hills Primary School
    • Craig Schmidt, Hilltop Primary School
    • Sarah Morinville Smith, Mound Westonka High School