A social studies professor at Chesterton High School is vying for recognition from the state that was delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Robert DeRuntz was named Duneland School Corp Secondary Teacher of the Year. in the spring of 2020, but a district press release said on Friday that the Indiana Teacher of the Year Program (INTOY) that recognizes outstanding teachers across the state has been delayed.
With INTOY back on track, DeRuntz was selected among the top 10 finalists for the 2022 award.
Due to the delay, the Indiana Department of Education, which awards statewide recognition, allowed districts to submit their local Teacher of the Year winners for school years. 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. This meant up to four teachers from each district, two from elementary level and two from secondary level, to be considered in the INTOY 2022 selection process.
From the top 10 list, the selection committee will select the top three finalists, according to the school society’s statement. Preselection and selection committees for INTOY are made up of former recipients, IDOE staff, leaders of educational organizations, business and community leaders, and representatives of higher education.