Superintendent Arntzen Announces 2022 Montana Teacher of the Year Finalists


September 10, 2021

HELENA, MT—State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 Montana Teacher of the Year. The selected candidate will go on to represent Montana in the 2022 National Teacher of the Year competition in Washington, D.C.  Montana’s current Teacher of the Year, Kristi Borge, teaches kindergarten through eight grade in a one-room school house in Polaris.

All four finalists received education from the Montana University System. The finalists are: William Stockton of Arlee; Brianna Saltenberger of Anaconda; Steffani Grogan of Forsyth; and Christina Pavlovich of Livingston.

“Congratulations to our four finalists!  Montana is blessed with an abundance of good and passionate teachers, making this a difficult decision every year,” State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen said. “It is my honor to recognize these wonderful classroom leaders, and I look forward to the finalist representing Montana among other great teachers across the Nation.”

The Teacher of the Year program is a prestigious statewide recognition program for educators that also provides state and national learning opportunities to the Teacher of the Year Alumni.

A finalist will be designated by the selection committee on September 21 and announced by Superintendent Arntzen shortly thereafter. The selection committee consists of representatives from the Office of Public Instruction, the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, Education Advocates, the Montana business community, the Montana Legislature, and the current Montana Teacher of the Year.

Visit OPI’s website for more information about the Montana Teacher of the Year Program:

Meet the 2022 Montana Teacher of the Year Finalists

William Stockton

Arlee, Montana

William Stockton of Arlee, MT

Brianna Saltenberger

Anaconda, Montana

aBrianna Saltenberger of Anaconda, MT

Steffani Grogan

Forsyth, Montana

Steffani Grogan of Forsyth, MT

Christina Pavlovich

Livingston, Montana

Christina Pavlovich of Livingston, MT