Congratulations to Ray-Pec High School Theatre Teacher Dane Schnake on being named the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year for 2020 by the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri!
The award was announced during the STAM fall conference, which was a virtual event this year.
The Board of Governors New Teacher of the Year Award is presented to a speech or theatre teacher in their 3rd to 5th year of teaching. Schnake was nominated for the award by Ray-Pec South Middle School Theatre Teacher Jayme Overstreet. When the nomination was submitted last year, Overstreet was teaching for the Belton School District.
Katie Kolster, a member of the STAM Board of Directors, presented the award to Schnake. Kolster, who teaches at Raytown High School, was a student teacher with Dane's father, Todd Schnake, at Ray-Pec High School when Dane was a senior in high school.