USD 231

Congratulations to Nicholas Proctor, band teacher at Trail Ridge Middle School, selected as the USD 231 Secondary Teacher of the Year!

Nicholas has proudly served as an educator for the past 23 years and previously taught in the Paola School District. Mr. Proctor is currently the band director at Trail Ridge Middle School  (TRMS) and has been in this role since August 2016. Nicholas holds a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor's Degree in music education from Wichita State University.

Nicholas works diligently to ensure all his students have the opportunity to find success in the classroom. In addition to being a mentor teacher for several years, Nicholas has been a member of various building leadership teams, including the Trail Ridge Middle School Building Leadership Team, TRMS Electives Team Lead, and the TRMS Representative for the Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) team.

Nicholas is honored to be selected to represent the Gardner Edgerton School District as the Secondary Teacher of the Year and thankful to have the opportunity to work with such outstanding educators in USD 231.

Nicholas will now move to the state level and participate in the KTOY selection process. The KTOY Program recognizes a Regional Finalist for each of the eight (8) regions. From the eight Representatives, a Kansas Teacher of the Year is selected. As a team, these designees are provided professional learning opportunities, make visits to school districts around the state, advocate for education at the state level, and represent teachers as a whole across Kansas. The Kansas Teacher of the Year is nominated to represent Kansas in the National Teacher of the Year Program. For additional information about the state program, visit

Congratulations, Nicholas!