Monthly Archives: December 2012

LHWHS Junior Chen Published in Scientific Journal

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Student Enze Chen is the second author of an article entitled “Gold Nanorods as Plasmonic Nanotransducers: Distance-Dependent Refractive Index Sensitivity” published in the November edition of Langmuir.  Langmuir is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1985 and published by the American Chemical Society.  It covers research in the areas of surface and colloid chemistry.

Chen was one of four LHWHS students participating in the 2012 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.  Also participating from Ladue Schools were Chloe An, Rui Chen and Toby Zhu.  As part of the STARS program, students spent six weeks conducting intensive research with St. Louis-area professionals and professors as part of the 2012 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists Program (STARS).

Students were paired with top research mentors from UMSL, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and the Solae Company.  Experts from the five institutions took on student apprentices in laboratories and directed students in research projects.  Chen was paired with Srikanth Singameneni at Washington University who was also a participating author of the article recently published in Langmuir.

LECC’s Lindner Receives December 2012 Excellence in Education Award

Betsy Lindner, preschool teacher at the Ladue Early Childhood Center (LECC), received the December 2012 Excellence in Education Award at the December 10, 2012 Board of Education meeting.  Betsy has been working in the Ladue School District since 2001 when she joined the district to teach a three-day a week, three-year-old class at the Ladue Early Childhood Center.  At the same time, Betsy also worked with the district as a Parent Educator for the Parents as Teachers program.

Betsy has been at the LECC ever since, and now teaches a 5-day preschool class.  She and her husband, Eddie, have been married for 39 years.  They have two daughters – Anne and Maggie, who have married, adding two sons-in-law to the family, and the family continues to grow with Betsy’s first grand-daughter expected on April 1, 2013.

Betsy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri, and a Masters of Science and Certification in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Maryville University.

Betsy is described by the LECC’s Director, Dr. Dawn Hogan-Lopez, as “hard-working and organized, with a model classroom at all times.”  Betsy is genuinely child-centered and passionate about early childhood education.

She has served for years on the LECC’s curriculum committee, as well as being a regular on the LECC’s interview team.  Dr. Hogan-Lopez says Betsy is naturally a very nurturing spirit with children and adults alike, and is often the veteran teacher new teachers go to for advice, ideas and reassurance.

As an education professional, Betsy is held in exceptionally high regard and is looked to as a leader by the entire LECC staff.  Dr. Hogan-Lopez adds as a personal note that her favorite thing about Betsy is her contagious laugh and how Betsy

“iAm Ladue” Breaking Records on HEC-TV

The latest edition of “iAm Ladue” is now available on HEC-TV’s website.  The curiosity factor for this program has kicked in.  It is the only amateur shown on HEC-TV’s schedule, and it is currently the third most often downloaded program, and the number one collection for HEC-TV on iTunesU.

Old Bonhomme Giving Assembly Recognizes Student Community Support

Old Bonhomme annually coordinates a giving campaign to help children in need around the St. Louis area and around the world.  The campaign culminates in a Giving Assembly.  See highlights of the assembly and hear details of this year’s successful campaign here.

LMS Breidenbach Receives November 2012 Distinguished Service Award

Peggy Breidenbach was presented with the November 2012 Distinguished Service award at the November 26, 2012 Board of Education meeting.  Peggy began working for the Ladue School District in July of 2006 as the Curriculum and Instruction Secretary at the Administrative Center.

Peggy considers St. Louis her hometown and can therefore answer the all-important St. Louis question of “Where did you go to high school?” with “Lindbergh High School!”  She and her husband, Michael, have been married for 37 years and have a daughter, Sarah and a four-year-old grandson, Ethan.

Goble Named Assistant Baseball Coach of the Year

Broadcast Technology Teacher Don Goble’s talents extend beyond the classroom and the camera.  Goble was recently named Missouri Assistant Baseball Coach of the Year by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association.