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Saint Louis Public Schools Announces Teachers of the Year

ST. LOUIS, MO. November 19, 2015 – Saint Louis Public Schools presented its 2015 Teacher of the Year awards last night to 15 dedicated, inspirational educators. To earn a Teacher of the Year award, nominees must explain their teaching philosophy and approach to teaching; provide examples of classroom lesson plans; and be recommended by an administrator and a professional colleague. A panel of retired SLPS principals and teachers reviewed the applications.

The 2015 honorees are:

Amanda Wallace

Parents as Teachers
Adelaide M. Schlafly Parents As Teachers Parent Educator of the Year

Alexandria Mueller

Buder Elementary School
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher of the Year

Ellen Trinity

Kennard CJA Elementary School
Dolores B. Malcolm/Follett School Solutions 1st-5th Grade Classroom Reading Teacher of the Year

Laura Craig

Roosevelt High School
Follett School Solutions Library Media Specialist of the Year

Michael Loveless

Gateway Elementary School
AIM for Fitness Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Belinda Quimby

Busch Middle School of Character
Dr. Gerald L. Early Middle/High Communication Arts Teacher of the Year

Annette Silver-Betts

Kennard CJA Elementary School
Webster University Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Elementary Performing Arts Teacher of the Year

Raymond Parks

Central Visual and Performing Arts High School
Webster University Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Middle/High Performing Arts Teacher of the Year

Zoe Childress

Nahed Chapman New American Academy
Craft Alliance Middle/High Visual Arts Teacher of the Year

Timothy Reedy

Soldan International Studies High School
Saint Louis Science Center Science Teacher of the Year

Matthew Brayfield

Mason Elementary School
Middle/High Math Teacher of the Year

Matthew Pace

Central Visual and Performing Arts High School
Middle/High Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Samantha Lurie

Vashon High School
Dorothy R. Moog Special Education Teacher of the Year

Kara Dalton

Gateway STEM High School
John F. McDonnell Gateway STEM Teacher of the Year

Leslie Rahn

Dewey International Studies Elementary School
Dr. Susan Rava World Language Teacher of the Year

The 2015 SLPS Teachers of the Year were honored at an awards reception with colleagues and family at Palladium St. Louis.  Deputy Superintendent of Academics, David Hardy, served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.  Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams, Deputy Superintendent for Institutional Advancement Rachel Seward and Parsons Blewett Memorial Fund Administrative Director Dr. Alice Roach also served as program speakers. 

Each winner received a trophy, a plaque for his or her school and a $1,000 award provided by donors to the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation. Honorees in selected categories also received a $500 award through the Parsons Blewett Memorial Fund.

All subject-area SLPS Teachers of the Year will now be considered for the District’s overall Teacher of the Year award, which is determined by the Saint Louis Public Schools’ Professional Development Office. The winner will advance to represent the District in the Missouri Teacher of the Year contest.

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