GCHS Teacher Receives Kansas Horizon Award

Andrew Thiesen, assistant band director at Garden City High School, has received the 2023 Kansas Horizon Award from the Kansas Department of Education.  Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education, called the school on Tuesday, January 3 to announce that Thiesen was a recipient of this prestigious award.  He is one of 32 teachers that are being recognized from across the state.

 The Kansas Horizon Award recognizes teachers who have done an exemplary job in their first year of teaching. To be eligible teachers must have successfully completed their first year of teaching and have distinguished themselves as an outstanding educator.

 As a recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award, Thiesen has been invited to join the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) held each February in Topeka. KEEN is a network of educators from across the state, allowing teachers to share ideas with other teachers and to participate in a number of professional development programs.