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State Finalists & Candidates

2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year Finalists

School districts throughout the state submitted nominations for the award, and the finalists were chosen by a selection committee appointed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The finalists were selected from among 35 regional teachers of the year.

In addition to the 2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year Melissa Grandel, there were six additional finalists in the 2020 class:

Dan Brinkmann
Washington

Zachary Hamby
Ava R-I

Denise Henggeler
Northeast Nodaway Co. R-V
Kevin Lay
Gasconade Co. R-II
 
Rachel Wilcox
Francis Howel R-III
Sandra Wood
Maryville R-II