Category Archives: A Salute To Ladue Staff

LMS Science Teacher Receives Inspiring Teacher Award

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School science teacher Hugh McMonigle, who will receive the 2017 Challenger Learning Center’s Inspiring Teacher Award on Jan. 26.

Hugh, along with six other area educators, will receive the award at UMSL’s College of Education. This recognition is given in honor of the Challenger Space Shuttle crew. Congratulations, Hugh!

Spoede First Grade Teacher Krystal Florez Recognized with December Excellence in Education Award

Krystal Florez, a first grade teacher at Spoede Elementary, received the December Excellence in Education Award at the Dec. 12, 2016, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Krystal on this prestigious recognition!

Krystal has worked for the Ladue School District since 2010, when she took a position teaching at Old Bonhomme Elementary. She is the type of person who can juggle many balls and manage not only to keep them in the air, but also make it look easy. During her time with the district, she already has many accomplishments under her belt. In addition to working on her master’s degree in reading, she has also taken on a leadership role at Spoede serving as chair of the Character Education Committee and the Assembly Committee. And last year she was recognized as Spoede Elementary’s Teacher of the Year!

Principal Dr. Kim Stallons had this to say about Krystal’s work ethic: “As a teacher, Krystal’s goal is to educate and nurture the whole child. She sets high expectations for her students in all areas. With her as a model, Krystal’s students know what is important: Do your best, try your hardest and never give up! Her students stay motivated because they know that she will never give up on them.”

In addition to all of her work at Spoede, Krystal is making time to raise her three daughters. Krystal is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Krystal and Cordez Vaughn have been together for one year, and she has three daughters: MaKayla, who attends Lincoln College; Rylee, who attends LHWHS; and Jaelyn, who attends LMS.

Krystal received her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Harris Stowe University. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in Special Reading K-12 from Lindenwood University.

Broadcast Technology Teacher Don Goble Published in Literacy Today

12516_Literacy Today PicLadue Horton Watkins High School Broadcast Technology Teacher Don Goble co-wrote an article entitled “Beyond Text: Literacy for a digital culture”, which was published in the August issue of Literacy Today. You can check out the article here!

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Seniors Score Perfectly on ACT

Eight Ladue Horton Watkins High School seniors earned perfect scores on their ACTs. Noah DiAntonio, Patrick Naughton, Maya Mutic, Jeffrey Wang, Hans Chan, Gloria Zhou, Jake Loynd and one other senior, who wishes to remain anonymous, each earned a 36 on the college readiness test.

This means that the students correctly answered every question in each of the following subject areas: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning.

KSDK ran an extended segment on the students’ achievement, which you can view here.

“We have a large number of seniors who achieved a perfect score on the ACT this year, but it’s important to remember that while these accomplishments are made in high school, they are a product of our students’ learning experiences throughout the district,” Principal Brad Griffith said. “Every educator who has inspired and supported these students along the way has had a hand in helping them succeed, and we are all excited to see what our students will go on to accomplish after graduation.”

Noah is the son of Aaron and Bronwen DiAntonio; Patrick is the son of Michael and Cathy Naughton; Maya is the daughter of Sasa and Jada Mutic; Jeffrey is the son of Peter Wang and Natalie Chen; Hans is the son of Tat Chan and Carol Wong; Gloria is the daughter of Jianpeng Zhou and Jing Liu; and Jake is the son of Michael and Katie Loynd.

Each student plans on attending a four-year college after graduation. Noah plans on majoring in political science; Jeffrey would like to pursue computer science and continue playing tennis; Gloria is interested in scientific fields and studying abroad; Hans plans on majoring in piano and economics; Patrick will major in electrical engineering and computer science; and both Maya and Jake plan on studying engineering.

Talking Rams Make Prestigious 200 Club

Congratulations to last year’s Talking Rams, the high school’s speech and debate team, and its sponsor and coach Molly Beck for their recent recognition by the National Speech & Debate Association for their outstanding achievements last year!

In the 2015-2016 school year, the group earned a total of 200 or more degrees, ranking it among the top 8% of schools nationwide and earning membership in the association’s prestigious 200 club.

“This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills—including communication, research, listening, writing and organization,” J. Scutt Wunn, executive director of the association said. “I encourage you to build upon this momentum to ensure that even more students are empowered to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals and honorable leaders in our global society.”

In speech and debate, students earn points and degrees based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.

Harlem Wizards Take On Ladue Schools Staff

This past Sunday, the Harlem Wizards visited the LHWHS Nielson Gym to take on a team of Ladue Schools staff! Everyone enjoyed watching the fun, and our team members proved to be good sports. The event was the first of its kind and hosted by the Ladue EducationFoundation (LEF) and the Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) Boys’ Basketball Program.

 

Team Ladue consisted of:

Maggie 2Staff Members:
Dr. Chris Schreiner – Reed Elementary Principal
Kurt Garner – Reed Elementary Teacher
Mark Williams – Spoede Elementary Teacher (and alumnus)
Quentin Alemayu – LMS Teacher
Matt Strayhorn – LMS Teacher
Connie Jander – Old Bonhomme Elementary Teacher
Chad Anderson – LMS Teacher and LHWHS Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
Jeff Guidry – LHWHS Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

District Parents:
Gary Bussard
Bruce Schneider
Tom Harmon

Also Participating:
Score Keeper: Brian Archibald, LHWHS Math Teacher
Referee:  Dr. Derrick Wallace, Director of Student Services

Check out this video!

Speech and Debate Teacher Molly Beck Receives First Diamond Coach Award

Congratulations to the high school’s speech and debate teacher, Molly Beck, on being recognized with the prestigious Diamond Coach Award! This award is bestowed from tne National Speech & Debate Association’s Honor Society to those with professional careers that combine excellence and longevity in speech and debate.

Check out the news release below:

Spoede Students Raise Money for Hurricane Victims

Check out this piece by FOX 2 featuring second grade teacher Jessica Moore’s class! This group of Spoede kids spent time raising money for hurricane victims this week.

Reed Elementary Wins Selfie Contest

Congratulations to Reed Elementary, the school that won the selfie competition! We asked that each school’s teachers try and take a selfie with every student as an activity to reach “Every Student. Every Day.” As a treat, the Kona Ice truck stopped by during each recess!

The number of selfies all Ladue Schools teachers took with their students was astounding. While we hoped everyone would have a little fun with it, interacting with students one-on-one can sometimes make their day!  “Every Student. Every Day.” is a high standard, and we find that our staff work hard to make this a reality. So thanks to our teachers  for diving right into this activity with us!

LHWHS ELA Teacher Lisa Crawford Recognized with October Excellence in Education Award

Lisa Crawford, an English-Language Arts teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, received the October Excellence in Education Award at the Oct. 24, 2016, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Lisa on this prestigious recognition!

Lisa is known among her coworkers as an engaging teacher, always encouraging students to strive for their absolute best in the classroom. These students understand that Lisa holds them to this high standard so that they can achieve the highest level of success once they leave LHWHS. And of course, she professional and hard-working; Lisa is usually the first person to arrive in the mornings, ready to start the day imparting knowledge to her students.

As Principal Brad Griffith said, Lisa is sharp and extremely intelligent; and seamlessly teaches to a wide range of ability levels.

“Seeing Lisa’s dedication and commitment toward her craft, it’s obvious that teaching is her calling,” Principal Brad Griffith said. “I wish I had the fortune of having her as one of my teachers when I was in high school.”

Lisa has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 1991, when she took a position teaching at the high school. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She and her husband, Joe, have been married for eight years and have one child: 4-year-old Erin.

Lisa received her undergraduate degree from Southwest Missouri State in 1990. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in English from St. Louis University.