Verona English teacher chosen as Wisconsin’s National Teacher of the Year

Kabby Hong, Verona Area High School English teacher
Kabby Hong, a Verona Area High School English teacher who was chosen as Wisconsin's 2021 National Teacher of the Year representative.

VERONA, Wis. — A local English teacher has been named as Wisconsin’s representative for the National Teacher of the Year Program.

Kabby Hong, an English teacher at Verona Area High School, has been teaching for more than 20 years. Earlier this year, he was one of five teachers named 2022 Wisconsin Teachers of the Year.

“Kabby is an exemplary teacher who finds ways to make a difference in the lives of his students,” State Superintendent Jill Underly said. “As a Korean-American immigrant, Kabby worked diligently to learn and understand English as a child. I have no doubt that his own learning experiences as an English-learner provided him that unique window into the subject he now excels in teaching. He is incredibly deserving of this high honor, and I know he will do a fantastic job representing Wisconsin on a national stage.”

Hong has received awards from Stanford University and the University of Chicago for his work as a teacher. He’s also given several presentations for the New York Times on argumentative writing.

He was chosen for the latest honor by a committee made up of educators, partner organizations and past Wisconsin Teachers of the Year.

As Wisconsin’s National Teacher of the Year, Hong will get $6,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and will participate in professional learning opportunities alongside other state representatives.