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Stix Music Teacher Named District Teacher Of The Year

ST. LOUIS, MO., May 21, 2015 – Saint Louis Public Schools presented its overall 2014-15 Teacher of the Year award today to John Culver Wilson, the elementary music teacher at Stix Early Childhood Center. Mr. Wilson has been a part of the Stix ECC family since 1995.

“Mr. Wilson designs music lessons that are interesting and interactive for all of our students,” said Stix ECC Principal Diane Dymond. “All children are exposed to different genres of music, famous music composers and modern day musical artists. … He is an asset to our staff and our district.”

Mr. Wilson was selected by the District’s Professional Development Office as the overall Teacher of the Year from a pool of 17 stellar educators honored in November as subject-matter-specific SLPS Teachers of the Year. At that time, Mr. Wilson received the Webster University Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Elementary Music Teacher of the Year award.

Mr. Wilson is a former recipient of a Pettus Excellence in Teaching Award. He completed a master’s degree (with honors) in teaching from Webster University, plus 30 additional hours of graduate work, and has been a professional, performing musician for 40 years.

“John’s aptitude for involving young students in music is just phenomenal,” said Linda Haynes-Smith, Stix ECC’s physical education teacher and longtime mentor to Mr. Wilson. “For example, on many different occasions, I’ve had the opportunity to witness the teaching strategies that are employed in his daily classroom setting, which encourage students to enjoy, learn, desire and perform music at an advanced level. John’s proficiency in the field of education—and more specifically the area of music—allows him to create lyrics and songs that are specific to our school’s culture.”

As the District’s overall Teacher of the Year, Mr. Wilson will now compete for the District in the Missouri Teacher of the Year contest.