August 10, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools is excited to announce Kathleen Rauth, the district’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, has been named a Top 25 finalist for Indiana Teacher of the Year by the Indiana Department of Education.
Rauth is a media specialist at Center for Inquiry 27 and Center for Inquiry 2. She joined Team IPS in July 2014 and has been an educator for more than 30 years. Developing culturally reflective classrooms and libraries has been her primary focus and personal passion as an educator.
“I place the highest value on ensuring my students see themselves and their families in the literature they encounter at school,” said Rauth. “I also believe that my Media Center can be the place that my students encounter narratives and cultures outside of their own.”
When she’s not working, Kathleen is extensively involved in the community around her. She helped create an evening book group that invites fathers and other significant males to read together and provide real-life role models to young readers.
“Being selected as one of 25 finalists for Indiana Teacher of the Year is a tremendous honor,” said Rauth. “It is exciting to see the state recognize the work of media specialists as agents of change in our learning communities.”
The state considered nearly 60 candidates before narrowing the list to 25. The Screening Committee will now forward those applications to the Selection Committee, which will determine the Top 10 within the next few weeks.
A banquet, hosted by the Indiana Department of Education, to recognize the professional accomplishments of all of the candidates and honor the 2018 Indiana Teacher of the Year will take place on Friday, November 17, 2017.