Indianapolis Public Schools is preparing to honor our exemplary teachers at our annual Teacher of the Year Dinner, as veteran teachers are celebrated for their hard work and inspirational teaching methods. This year’s guest of honor is Tina Ahlgren of Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy. It’s been a big year for Mrs. Ahlgren; she received the Hubbard Life-Changing Teacher Award and was one of the top three nominees for the state Teacher of the Year award!

As we gear up for this year’s recognition dinner, a veteran teacher recalls her two stints as the district’s top educator. Center for Inquiry School 27’s Ann Mennonno served as Teacher of the Year in 2004 and 2013.
“It is a humbling experience but also appreciated,” Mennonno said of the district’s top honor. “I do what I do because I love it! I love working with kids and have devoted my life to it.”

Mennonno is an accomplished 14-year educator who shares her love of learning with first and second-grade students. She believes in the International Baccalaureate program of our CFI schools, and she helps students become world learners. But most of all, she’s proud to be a part of IPS.

“Representing the teachers in IPS is important to me and is probably my favorite memory,” she said. “Making sure that our district is successful and all students have the best teachers is crucial. I want everyone to know how lucky I am to work in IPS and being Teacher of the Year twice gave me plenty of opportunities to share that!”

We’re pleased to honor this year’s top teachers on November 6 at the Madame Walker Theatre Center. 2014 Teacher of the Year Tina Ahlgren will be celebrated throughout the night, along with the district’s top 10 nominees and each school’s Teacher of the Year. We’re proud to have so many stellar teachers at IPS; they deserve an evening of celebration!