• SLPS names STEM teacher of the year

    From left: Jane Donahue, executive director of the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation; John McDonnell, chairman of the board of the Danforth Plant Science Center; Dr. Elizabeth Bender, principal at Gateway STEM High School; Glen Vest, recipient of the 2013 Gateway STEM Teacher of the Year Award; Rachel Seward, deputy superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools Office of Institutional Advancement (Photo: Saint Louis Public Schools)

    Brandie Piper, KSDK
    10:06 a.m. EST December 2, 2013

    ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis Public Schools has named Glen Vest, a math teacher at Gateway STEM High School, as the 2013 Gateway STEM Teacher of the Year.

    Vest, a self-proclaimed science and math geek, earned the award by explaining how he implements the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math. A spokesperson for the school district says Vest shows students how math and science are used daily in the real word.

    "As an educator at Gateway STEM High School, Glen Vest embodies the teaching philosophy that drives the STEM initiative in American education today," said John Everson, chair of the Mathematics Department at Gateway STEM High School. "Glen promotes the study and application of mathematics in the real world to bring more students to engineering fields in the future."

    Vest started teaching in 1987 at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs. He started at Gateway STEM High School in August 2010.

    "He is a humorous and personable teacher," student Joshua Lake wrote of Mr. Vest. "He also likes to find new ways of teaching the class that some students might grasp easier, like through technology. I can relate to Mr. Vest in more ways than most teachers. Even if you don't like him as a teacher it's hard not to learn from the way he teaches. He is one of the best, if not the best, teacher I have ever had."

    Vest was honored at the Danforth Plant Science Center and presented a $1,000 award from the Saint Louis Public Schools Foundation.