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For a teacher, the respect of your students, their parents, and your colleagues is hard to top. For that reason, Plainfield's Teacher-of-the-Year process includes nominations from the public, with the final selection committee made up of school and community stakeholders.

Nominations are now closed for the 2020 Teacher-of-the-Year. Plainfield's 2020 Teacher-of-the-Year will be introduced in May.


  • 2020  Adam Ferguson, PHS

  • 2019  Ann Mennonno, Clark Creek

  • 2018  Brad DeHoff, PCMS

  • 2017  Michelle Burress, PHS

  • 2016  Jonelle Heaton, PHS

  • 2015  Krissy Sullivan, Brentwood

  • 2014  Susan Ament, PHS

  • 2012  Natalie Boyer, Brentwood

  • 2011  Andrea Birke, PHS

  • 2010  Elizabeth Fisher, PCMS

  • 2009  Judy Reed, Brentwood

  • 2008  Chris Cavanaugh, PHS

  • 2007  Joan Effinger, PCMS

  • 2006  Susan Gabonay, Brentwood

  • 2005  Teri Carpenter, PHS

  • 2004  Larry Castor, PCMS

  • 2003  Mary Winters, Van Buren

  • 2002  Laurie Gatlin, PHS

  • 2001  Jon Arvin, PCMS

  • 2000  Teresa Walters, Van Buren

  • 1999  Ray Saxman, PHS

  • 1998  Martha Jennings, PCMS

  • 1997  Nell Voelker, Van Buren

  • 1996  Carol Kellogg, PHS

  • 1995  Don Dones, PCMS

  • 1994  John Chapin, Van Buren

  • 1993  Jerry Hankins, PHS

  • 1992  Kathy Owen, PCMS

  • 1991  Pat Lilly, Brentwood

  • 1990  Bruce Milburn, PHS

photo of 2020 Teacher of the Year, Adam Ferguson

The Plainfield Community School Corporation is pleased to introduce its 2020 Teacher of the Year, Adam Ferguson. Adam teaches CHAP, We the People, Dual Credit U.S. History, and Advanced Placement Government at Plainfield High School (PHS). He has been a PHS teacher for six years, previously teaching for two years at Northwestern High School (Kokomo, IN).

The Ball State University graduate holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education, a Bachelor of Science in History, and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Ball State Honors College. He recently learned that he has been accepted into the ACP (Advanced College Project) History Program at IU, where he will begin work this July on his Master’s Degree in History.

Adam is very engaged in student activities at PHS, serving on several committees and as the sponsor for National Honor Society and the Riley Dance Marathon, which this year broke yet another record while raising more than $23,000 for Riley Hospital.

A committee of administrators, teachers, school board members and parents conducted final interviews of the elementary, middle and high school candidates. “We are thrilled to introduce Adam as the Plainfield Teacher of the Year for 2020," said Plainfield Schools Superintendent Scott Olinger, "and have every confidence that he will represent our students and community well as he advances to the next level.”

Congratulations, Adam!

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