Teacher Named Horizon Winner

Kody WillnauerJan. 18, 2013 ~ Kody Willnauer, a music teacher at Regency Place Elementary School, recently was named a Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award recipient.

The Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Awards are sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Association. The program recognizes the exemplary work of teachers during their first year in the classroom. Willnauer is one of 32 teachers across the state honored with the award this year.

"Kody motivates learners with his enthusiasm, energy, and love of all things musical," Principal Greg Oborny said. "Vocal technique, choreography, musicals with Broadway flair...he does it all! Incorporate learning technology and you've got a window into Kody's classroom. Kids love learning and produce amazing music with his coaching and teaching."

Willnauer graduated from the University of Kansas. He has been teaching private music lessons since high school and he is a third generation music educator in his family. He is now in his second year of teaching.