SLPS Superintendent Dr. Kelvin R. Adams made a surprise visit to Mrs. Sumner’s classroom this morning to make the announcement. Joining Dr. Adams in presenting the award to Mrs. Sumner were Carnahan Principal LaTasha Jones and SLPS Director of Professional Development Dr. LaTisha Smith.
“I am really honored to receive this award,” said Sumner. “There are a so many great educators in my school and throughout the District. I really look up to many of them and it is a great honor to represent SLPS in the state competition.”
Mrs. Sumner had previously been awarded the District’s 2013 Roger L. Goldman Middle/High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award. An educator at Carnahan since 2006, Mrs. Sumner was promoted to the social studies department head position starting with the 2013-14 school year. She also serves as Carnahan’s ninth grade Data Team leader and received a 2012-13 Pettus Award, which recognizes teaching excellence in the St. Louis Public School District.
“My students mean everything to me. That is why I am a teacher. They motivate me and I motivate them back. Every single day I consider it my job to get my students ready for life, not just college,” Sumner added.
As the District’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Sumner is now eligible to compete for the Missouri Teacher of the Year honor, which will be chosen at a later date. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Information at (314) 345-2367.
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