ReadTheory’s Teacher of the Year Awards are here!

This post was updated on May 10th, 2023 to reflect the 2022-2023 school year awardees. 

With nominations from around the world, spanning 31 countries, ReadTheory’s six Teacher of The Year award winners all have one thing in common – their students have shown dramatic improvements in reading achievement.

The 2023 awardees are:

Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Anne Stehly, CA

Middle School Teacher of the Year: Caitlyn Herron, TX

High School Teacher of the Year: Carrie Kirkland, GA

Special Education Teacher of the Year: Kelly Stehlik, IN

ESL Teacher of the Year: Kevin Jordan, CA

International Teacher of the Year: Michael Doherty, Spain

“This year’s reading scores fell by the largest margin in over 30 years, but these teachers were determined to make a difference,” said Ron Kirschenbaum, Co-Managing Partner at ReadTheory.

Anne Stehly, a 3rd-grade teacher, and awardee from Rio School District in CA, wanted to change the trajectory. While there are many ways to measure students’ growth, she started charting her students’ Lexile Levels. “My 3rd graders started with a class average of a 275 Lexile Level and we just made our 600 Lexile Level goal on ReadTheory. My students are never discouraged by challenging passages because they’ve seen so much growth already, they know they will reach their next reading goal,” she shares.

With such limited classroom time and learning gaps to fill, teachers had to get creative this year. Carrie Kirkland, the Dougherty County, GA awardee, found it necessary to give each student unique intervention and personalized time. “My students spend 30 minutes, three times a week, practicing on ReadTheory. The fact that the system operates on its own allows me the chance to have 1:1s with them.” Kevin Jordan, an awardee from Los Angeles Unified School District in CA, also holds 1:1s with his students and uses data to drive instruction, “ReadTheory allows me to have solid metrics, so when I meet with students, we know where to improve their skills for course completion.”

These educators put immense energy, imagination, and effort into their instruction to leave students feeling inspired and transformed. “While ReadTheory is a powerful tool, it is exceptional teachers like Anne, Caitlyn, Carrie, Kelly, Kevin, and Michael who make the real difference in their students’ learning,” says Josh Capon, Co-Managing partner at ReadTheory.

Read the full story on Yahoo!

April 24th, 2023

We’re recognizing teachers across the globe who are making a significant difference in building student achievement and engagement with ReadTheory!  Does this sound like you? Ask a fellow educator to nominate you! On the other hand, if you know of a teacher who deserves the spotlight – nominations are now open!

These are the teachers that go the extra mile, they believe reading is the skill that’s foundational for all other learning –  and they use ReadTheory to power personalized learning for their students. 

Nominations are open from April 24th to April 28th! Winners will receive the title of “ReadTheory’s Teacher of the Year,” a $250 Gift Card, and Personalized Swag!

How to Enter:

  1. Nominate a deserving teacher using this form beginning April 24th.
  2. All nominations must be received by 5:00PM PST on April 28th to qualify toward the competition.
  3. Winners will be notified via email during the following week (and then we’ll brag about you on social media as well!)

We hope you will nominate someone today for ReadTheory’s Teacher of the Year!


Want to read some legal mumbo-jumbo about the Awards? Keep reading!

Terms and conditions of the competition organized by ReadTheory.org for the week of April 24th – April 28th, 2023

Awards Organizer: The promoter and organizer of the giveaway is ReadTheory.org. The way to contact the organizer is via email at support@readtheory.org.

Mechanics: Participants will need to complete and submit the Google form.

Established Periods: Submissions must be in by 5:00 PM PST April 28th, 2023. Winners will be notified the first week of May, and announced on social media during Teacher Appreciation Week! 

Prize: The prize consists of $250.00 USD Amazon Gift Card for the winner and Personalized Swag!

ReadTheory.org reserves the right to change the terms and conditions as it sees fit. Competition entries not valid where prohibited by law.

ReadTheory Staff, Reading and Writing, Improved
Written by ReadTheory Staff, Reading and Writing, Improved

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