Diana Bailey, a fifth grade teacher at Deerfield School, and Becky Reaver, a sixth grade teacher at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, have been named the Lawrence school district's Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year for 2013.
Superintendent Rick Doll made the announcements during faculty meetings at each of the schools Wednesday.
Bailey and Reaver each received a $1,000 prize from KU Credit Union, one of the district's Lawrence Education Achievement Partners.
Bailey, a graduate of Washburn University and Kansas University, has taught at Deerfield since 2007. She previously taught for three years at Lawrence Catholic School.
"Diana is a truly gifted educator who is absolutely loved by students, greatly respected by staff and appreciated by parents," said Deerfield principal Joni Appleman.
Reaver, a KU graduate, began her career in Lawrence as an autism specialist in 2001. She started teaching sixth grade in 2005 at Cordley School and this year moved to Liberty Memorial Central where she continues to work with sixth grade students.
"Becky's leadership and integrity have made a strong impact on students, teachers and administrators at Liberty Memorial Central," said assistant principal Anne Wallace. "Her insight and perspective are treasured contributions."
The Lawrence district selects an elementary and secondary teacher of the year for local recognition. Each will be nominated by the district for the Kansas State Department of Education's Kansas Teacher of the Year program. The state award will be announced in the fall.