MARYVILLE, Mo. — Maryville Middle School teacher Becky Wynne has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year award.

Wynne along with six other finalists from schools throughout the state will be interviewed by a panel of judges on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

“I am both nervous and excited for the interview process,” she told The Forum on Sunday. “I’m honored to be representing Maryville Middle School as a finalist for Missouri Teacher of the Year. The school district and community support has been amazing.”

Maryville R-II STEM teacher Becky Wynne was named regional teacher of the year in July and the Maryville R-II Teacher of the Year in February. She receives $400 as the district representative.

“My job is very exciting and rewarding,” Wynne said in July. “It is my dream job in education.”

As an exploratory teacher, she teaches all four grade levels at the middle school. She teaches Discovery Center for fifth graders, Computer Science for Innovators and Makers for sixth graders, Design and Modeling as well as Web Design for seventh graders, Automation and Robotics and Augmented Reality classes for eighth graders.

She also spends time with students after school, facilitating the Girls Who Code and STEM clubs.

Next steps

A committee of teachers, business leaders and education organization officials will choose the Missouri Teacher of the Year following the virtual interviews.

“It is always such an honor to shine a light on Missouri’s top educators through the Teacher of the Year program, and the 2021 Regional Teachers of the Year, semifinalists and finalists are no exception,” Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven, said in a news release. “This group shows that teachers at all grade levels and in all subject areas make an impact on the lives of Missouri students every day.”

The winner, finalists, semifinalists and Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored during a recognition event scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15.

State-level honors for the Teacher of the Year include: a cash award provided by The Boeing Company of St. Louis, a classroom technology package, recognition banquet, and ceremonies with the governor and legislature and a reception sponsored by AFT, MNEA and MSTA.

The new Missouri Teacher of the Year will serve as the state’s nominee for the 2021 National Teacher of the Year. The program recognizes the efforts of effective teachers, working to provide a high-quality education to students. Misty Grandel, an English language arts teacher from Fordland High School (Fordland R-III), is the current Missouri Teacher of the Year.

For more information visit the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website or Facebook page.


  • Ashlyn Brantley, Platte County R-3 School District - physical education, Platte County High School
  • Darrion Cockrell, Lindbergh Schools - physical education, Crestwood Elementary
  • Cathy Farrar, Rockwood School District - science, Marquette High School
  • Clarence Hines, Special School District of St Louis County - criminal justice, North Technical High School
  • Armando Johnson, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, Missouri - Spanish, Central High School
  • Matthew Ketteman, Lee's Summit R-7 School District - music, Longview Farm Elementary
  • Rebecca Wynne, Maryville R-II – STEM, Maryville Middle School

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