Hong Named WI Teacher of Year

Kabby Hong Chosen as Wisconsin Teacher of the Year
Posted on 05/07/2021
Taylor Announces Hong as WI Teacher of the Year

Verona Area School District (VASD) announced Friday that Kabby Hong, a teacher at Verona Area High School, is one of four Wisconsin Teachers of the Year.  The announcement came from Carolyn Stanford Taylor, Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction, during a Zoom call.

“Mr. Hong is very deserving of this recognition. He challenges his students to meet rigorous expectations which results in significant growth. Students report that they are better prepared for the academic challenges of post-secondary education having had him as a teacher,” said Principal Pamela Hammen. 

Hong, who started at Verona Area High School in 2004, teaches ninth-grade English and AP Language and Composition. He received a 2021 Herb Kohl Fellowship in February. Fellowship recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.

“We could not be happier for Kabby to have received this designation and wish him well as he represents the profession throughout the next school year,” said Superintendent Dean Gorrell.  “This is a remarkable honor, not only for Mr. Hong personally and professionally but for VASD as well. He is the first teacher in our District to ever receive the honor.”

Once Fellowship recipients are announced, another selection process begins.  Fellowship applications are evaluated to select which four will represent public education in Wisconsin for the coming school year. Then, a Teacher of the Year Selection Committee interviews each candidate and selects one to represent Wisconsin in the National Teacher of the Year program.

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation provides financial support to the four Wisconsin Teachers of the Year through an additional $3,000 personal grant when they are selected as a Teacher of the Year, and an additional $6,000 grant for the teacher representing Wisconsin in the National Teacher of the Year program.

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