August 31, 2017

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced today the Top 10 finalists for the 2018 Indiana Teacher of the Year.

Kathleen Rauth

IPS’ Kathleen Rauth is on the list.

Rauth, who is currently serving as the 2018 IPS Teacher of the Year, is a media specialist at Center for Inquiry School 27 and Center for Inquiry School 2. She joined teamIPS in July 2014 and has been an educator for more than 30 years. Her primary focus and personal passion as an educator is to develop culturally reflective classrooms and libraries.

Making the Top 10 is both unexpected and overwhelming, said Rauth.  

“Library media specialists are the heart of every school, and I am so pleased to see our work recognized and celebrated. I am tremendously lucky to have mentors who push me to keep growing and deepening my work,” she said. “This honor is a reflection of their confidence in me, and of the trust my students place in me each day to make their learning experiences meaningful and culturally relevant. … The candidates of this award are of such high caliber, that I was honored just to be counted among the Top 25.”

Joining Rauth on the Top 10 list are educators from school districts and corporations throughout the state, including Franklin Township, Hamilton Heights, Crown Point, Elkhart, Richmond, Frankfort, Huntington County, Franklin Community and Pike Township.

“Our students succeed because of exceptional instruction in the classroom,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana superintendent of public instruction. “This list of educators is comprised of the best of the best across Indiana, and I am grateful for the dedication and hard work they show each and every day.”

For more than 60 years, IDOE has conducted the Teacher of the Year program to recognize outstanding classroom teachers from across the state. The program’s mission is to inspire, rejuvenate and celebrate the teaching profession.

Finalists are chosen from a pool of applicants and the screening and selection committee is made up of former recipients, IDOE staff, educational organization leaders, business and community leaders, and representatives from higher education. Former winners are comprised of a network of teachers who are now retired educators, administrators, college professors and teacher leaders who continually provide support to the education community.

The list of 10 finalists was narrowed from a field of 25 Indiana teachers, which was narrowed from a list of nearly 60.

The 2018 Indiana Teacher of the Year will be selected and announced in October. As part of the honor, the winner will represent Indiana teachers at the national level.

A banquet, hosted by the IDOE, to celebrate the 2018 Indiana Teacher of the Year (and all of the candidates) will take place on Friday, November 17, 2017.

To view a list of the 2018 Indiana Teacher of the Year Top 10 finalists, click here. To learn more about  the Indiana Teacher of the Year program, visit