Category Archives: A Salute To Ladue Staff

University of Chicago Recognizes Lisa Crawford and Janet Duckham with Outstanding Educator Award

Congratulations to high school language arts teachers Lisa Crawford and Janet Duckham on being recognized with the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award!

The University of Chicago shared this message with the Ladue School District:

This distinguished award has existed for more than three decades. Each year, the university invites first-year students to nominate an educator who has influenced them, challenged them, or helped them along the path toward intellectual growth. Hundreds of students nominate past teachers who taught them to re-imagine texts, to delve deeper into problem-solving, and to think beyond the borders of the classroom in the pursuit of their own education.

“As an institution that prides itself on being committed to the Life of the Mind, we at the University of Chicago are heartened to see that your schools foster and support such outstanding individuals. Our sincerest congratulations to both of you and your faculty for the continued support of excellence,” said James Nondorf, vice president of enrollment at the University of Chicago.

 

Ladue Early Childhood Center Collects Donations for Hurricane Victims

The Ladue Early Childhood Center collected donations from their school drive for hurricane victims. These donations were sent to The Puerto Rican Society of St. Louis. The LECC would like to thank their parents and community members for their generous giving!

LHWHS Art Teacher Patricia Chavez Recognized with October Excellence in Education Award

Patricia Chavez, an art teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, received the October Excellence in Education Award at the Oct. 23, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Patricia on this prestigious recognition!

Patricia has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 1999, when she took a position in the art department at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

Patricia takes on leadership roles in the high school, offering her eye for design and her expertise when it comes to the blend of art and education. She serves as a the Fine & Performing Arts chair at the high school, and has played a critical role in the interior design of the newly-renovated high school building!

As high school principal Brad Griffith has said, “Patricia is a veteran master teacher, serving a wide range of students from all ability levels, motivating each student to do the best work possible, and nurturing creativity when some of these students don’t yet recognize their potential.”

If you ask her fellow educators, they will tell you that Patricia is both honest and diplomatic in her actions and words, and that she brings an enthusiastic attitude to work and radiates positive energy every day!

Patricia was born in Lima, Peru, and moved with her family to St. Louis when she was 5 years old. She and her husband, Mike Daus, have been married for 15 years and have three children: 12-year-old Mate, who is a seventh grader at Ladue Middle School; 10-year-old Vincent, who is a fourth grader at Conway Elementary; and 5-year-old Xavier, who is a kindergartener at Conway.

Patricia received both a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in Visual Arts and a bachelor’s of arts degree in English from Fontbonne University in 1996. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in Education from Maryville University in 2010.

Alumnus Publishes First Novel, Bases Character & Setting on Ladue Schools

Michael Currinder (Ladue Schools Class of ’83) has recently published his first novel for young adults titled Running Full Tilt. Praised by Newbery medal winner Jack Gantos as “a quick read with a kick at the finish,” his novel sensitively and memorably captures a teen runner’s relationship with his older brother who is autistic. The novel is set in Ladue Horton Watkins High School circa 2006, and the Coach Gorsky character is based upon former Ladue Schools track coach legend, Phil Brusca. The American Library Associations Booklist publication recently awarded the novel a starred review stating, “The characterizations are complex and realistic, with sensitively depicted virtues and flaws, evoking empathy and sympathy in the reader. Currinder’s novel is poignant and powerful, with a story that is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Michael ran cross country and track at Ladue Schools, and earned a college athletic scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His first novel is a hybrid of his collective experiences as a competitive runner and as an adolescent with an autistic sibling. Michael is currently living in Tokyo and is teacher and track and cross country coach at The American School in Japan.

Ladue Middle School Counselor Roger Scherck Recognized with September Excellence in Education Award

Roger Scherck, a counselor at the Ladue Middle School, received the September Excellence in Education Award at the Sept. 25, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Roger on this prestigious recognition!

Roger has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 1994, when he took a position as a high school social studies teacher and soccer coach at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. During his time with the district, Roger has coached boys and girls soccer and track and cross country at the middle school, supported the Learning Center at the high school and taught three years in the Excel program.

Assistant Principal Sarah Adams Schwartz has said, there are few people who contribute more to the Ladue Middle School community than Roger Scherck. Roger offers his time, energy and support to various areas throughout the school and district. He is involved in Character Ed at both the district and building level, as well as in the local community.  He has coached in the 8th grade sports program, as well as coordinated the Middle School Milers running program. He oversees the I Am LMS day program that is put on by the LMS Diversity cadre.

LMS Gaming Educator Talks Game Design in Interviews

Our district’s resident gaming educator, Kathleen Mercury, has had a busy few weeks! Between podcasts and interviews, Kathleen has been able to share what she does and why she teaches her students the art of gaming in the classroom.

Check out one of the more recent stories about Kathleen’s teaching below:

“Teaching game design at this level (middle school) is almost unheard of; it’s why I pursue so many different ways to learn from actual game designers, developers, and publishers in the field,” Kathleen says. “It’s also why I share what I do via my website kathleenmercury.com for free for teachers around the world, so that it’s easier for other game design teachers to get started.”

What else has she been up to?

Kathleen recently participated in a number of sessions as they relate to her 8th grade classes (making siege warfare machines with wood and duct tape, RPG design). “I love innovating and finding new ways to teach and engage students, and I’m excited about what I learned,” she says. And good news: the 8th graders are excited to make pumpkin chunkin’ machines!

Also, in case you weren’t aware, Kathleen has her own game in development! Click here to learn more about this accomplishment!

 

Spoede Educators Share Tips On KSDK On How to Get Students Organized

Thanks to some Ladue Schools educators, KSDK shared tips on how to get your students organized for school! Spoede teacher Jennifer Johnson and retired educator Jan Caimi discussed some classroom-proven tips to make things easier at home. Watch the video and see the tips via KSDK below!

Teachers Participate in Discovery Educator Network’s Institute

Quentin Alimayu, a teacher from Ladue Middle School, and Patricia Brown, an Instructional Technology Coach from Old Bonhomme Elementary, recently joined more than 100 fellow educators from around the world for the 2017 DEN Summer Institute (DENSI), an immersive, week-long professional development experience. The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. The six-day professional learning experience was held July 16-22 at the University of California, San Diego.

DENSI 2017 featured a number of interactive seminars and hands-on workshops designed to support educators as they combine the latest technologies and digital content to create authentic digital learning environments that engage students and improve achievement. In addition, DENSI provided an opportunity for participants to connect, collaborate, and share resources, ideas and strategies for integrating the latest technologies and digital content into classroom instruction.

KBIA Follows Teachers New to Ladue Schools During Orientation

Check out this story from St. Louis Public Radio about the teachers new to Ladue Schools this year! We’re eager to add their enthusiasm and expertise to our team. 👩🏽‍🏫🍎

Reed Makes Top 20 Local Elementary Schools in Math

The new Post-Dispatch public school guide compares schools on a variety of issues, including test scores. The guide ranked the 20 local elementary schools with the highest rate of proficiency on statewide tests on math, and Reed Elementary made the list, coming in at #19! Statewide, the rate for proficiency in math is 48.6 percent. At Reed, that rate is 80.2%. Check out the list here!