2021 Teacher of the Year

2021 Nominees

Teacher of the Year nominees are selected by their peers in their respective South Bend School Corporation schools, designating them as the Teacher of the Year for their school.

Nominees demonstrate robust educational history, professional accomplishments, and ongoing professional development.

Erica AndisErica Andis

Fifth Grade, Swanson Traditional School



Katie BalogKatie Balog

Digital Integration Specialist, Jackson Middle School



Timothy BalasaTimothy Balasa

Social Studies, Washington High School



Donna BeasleyDonna Beasley

Third Grade, Warren Elementary School



Thomas Budzinski Thomas Budzinski

Fifth Grade, Tarkington Elementary School



Jasmine BrownJasmine Brown

Eighth Grade, Navarre Middle School



McKenna CarterMcKenna Carter

Sixth, Seventh, Eighth Grade; Jefferson Traditional School



Cynthia FisherCynthia Fisher

Speech, Language; Studebaker Center



Thomas GuthrieThomas Guthrie

Science; Rise Up Academy



Kathryn HeinKathryn Hein

Theater, Clay High School



Rhonda HeschRhonda Hesch

Special Education, Adams High School



Michael KmetyMichael Kmety

Fifth Grade, Harrison Elementary School



Keiko LeonardKeiko Leonard

Science, Chemistry; Riley High School



Sixth, Seventh, Eighth GradeGail McDaniel

Sixth, Seventh, Eighth Grade; LaSalle Academy



Charity Messimer Charity Messimer

Second Grade, Lincoln Elementary School



Christina Miller Christina Miller

First, Second, Third Grade; Marquette Montessori Academy



Robin Milligan Robin Milligan

Social Worker, Marshall Traditional School



Emily Moore Emily Moore

Third Grade, Madison STEAM Academy



Larry Nagy Larry Nagy

Physical Education, Health; Hay Elementary School



Hailie Neville Halie Neville

Special Education, Darden Elementary School



Erin PhendErin Phend

Fifth Grade, Nuner Fine Arts Academy



Kelly Rock Kelly Rock

Seventh, Eighth Grade; Edison Middle School



Heather RooneyHeather Rooney

Third Grade; Wilson Elementary School



TamaraRose Tamara Rose

Sixth Grade, Dickinson Fine Arts Academy



Holly SwartzHolly Swartz

Digital Integration Specialist, Kennedy Academy



Mary SwopeMary Swope

Technology, Monroe Elementary School



Alicia TaylorAlicia Taylor

Third Grade, Coquillard Elementary School



Jennifer ThomasJennifer Thomas

Kindergarten, Muessel Elementary School



Sarah WagnerSarah Wagoner

Third Grade, Clay International Academy



Ronald WardRonald Ward

Fifth Grade, McKinley Elementary School