Category Archives: A Salute To Ladue Staff

Art Teacher’s Painting for Peace Submission Featured in Exhibition

Congratulations to new Ladue Horton Watkins High School art teacher Christine Warner for being included in a community art exhibition: Outside In: Paint for Peace.  The exhibition features paintings from the Painting for Peace art movement that arose in Ferguson and spread throughout St. Louis in 2014.  This collaborative community exhibition showcases the power of the arts to create conversation, understanding and healing.

Outside In: Paint for Peace will be on view at the following presenting and program partners:

  • The Millstone Gallery at COCA (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Missouri History Museum (Aug. 27 – Oct. 30)
  • Vaughn Cultural Center (Sep. 2 – Nov. 4)
  • Ferguson Youth Initiative (Sep. 2 – Oct. 30)
  • The Sheldon Art Galleries (Oct. 7 – Nov. 19)
* Christine’s painting is number 7: “Phoenix Rising in the Arch” and can be seen at the 1:30 mark of this video
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Old Bonhomme Spanish Teacher’s Soccer Team Featured in Spanish Publication

Old Bonhomme’s Spanish teacher, Antón Martín, not only instructs students on how to speak a second language, but he also coaches an area youth soccer team. The Athletic Club Bilbao magazine, a Spanish publication, featured Antón’s team in a recent edition. The Athletic Club Bilbao is a first division soccer team in northern Spain (the Basque Country region), and Antón said the magazine wanted to do a history on him and his team because he is originally from that area and is a big fan of the Athletic Bilbao (so much so that he named his team after the the club).

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Antón has been coaching teams in St. Louis for 20 straight years. He’s coached all age groups from 4- 17 years and at all different levels, from recreational soccer to select soccer to high school soccer. This is his fifth year coaching this team. Among the players on the team are four former Old Bonhomme students, Adam Devine, Ronak Nagarajan, Ellory Steinbach and Samuel M’Pemba, all sixth grade students at Ladue Middle School this year. The team’s players are in the sixth and seventh grades, between 11 and 12 years old. This team is a select soccer team and plays for the Real St. Louis Soccer Club, which is a select club here in St. Louis.

Antón said that he hopes for his players to learn how to work as a team, gain a sense of responsibility, learn from their mistakes and of course, for them to become great soccer players.

This is Antón’s twelfth year at Old Bonhomme.

 

Speech & Debate Coach Earns Accreditation

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Social Studies teacher Molly Beck for earning her Professional Speech & Debate Coach Accreditation through the National Speech & Debate Association! This award recognizes excellence in coaching and teaching speech and debate.

Molly just finished her fifth year of teaching at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She has coached the Talking Rams, the speech and debate team, since she joined the Ladue Schools team in 2011.

The Talking Rams is a nationally-recognized team, bringing home the wins year after year! Congratulations, Molly!

 

Reed Technology Integration Coach Recognized with Innovator Award

Congratulations to Reed’s Technology Integration Coach Jill Badalamenti who has been recognized as one of 10 educators nationwide who won a first place Henry Ford Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Award in June.

This award recognizes educators who use the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking among its students. The winners were chosen by a team of judges and Discovery Hug, a team specifically focused on innovation at Shell.

Jill will receive a week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, from July 31 to Aug. 4. This includes behind-the-scenes tours with curators and archivists, a teaching innovation workshop and a special recognition ceremony.

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation is a half-hour program on CBS that tells the stories behind historic innovators of the past and today’s visionaries.

Girls Soccer Team Ends Season With Recognitions

Congratulations to the Ladue Schools girls soccer team on a fabulous 2016 season! This year, Coach Dave Aronberg was recognized as the Suburban Central National All Conference Coach of the Year, and Lizzy Puyo, a senior, was named the Player of the Year.

Five other seniors made the First Team, including: Claire Petersen, Madeline Billeaud, Hayden Hunt, Natalie Behrens and Anna Hartig. Three players made Second Team, including: Hadley Cytron (9), Sarah Cook (10) and Jillian Mann (9).

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Teacher Named 2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year

Ladue Horton Watkins High School social studies teacher Dr. Robert Good has been recognized as the 2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year! The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History bestows this prestigious award to celebrate teachers who work hard to cultivate a connection to the past with their students.

A panel of teachers, administrators and scholars from around Missouri selected Dr. Good for his use of primary documents in the classroom, the level of inspiration he provides to his students and his career achievements in education.

“I was deeply honored and humbled to be recognized by one of the leading institutions supporting K-12 history education,” Dr. Good said. The institute also commended Dr. Good on his engagement with students, along with the dedication and creativity that he brings to each of his lessons.

Water Polo Coach Named Gateway North’s Coach of the Year

Michael ClayCongratulations to Water Polo Head Coach Michael Clay who was recently named Gateway North’s Coach of the Year! Additionally, Noah Douaihy (11), was named Gateway North’s Player of the Year. First Team honors went to Noah Krause (12), Lachlan Thompson (12), & Noah Douaihy. Second Team honors went to Zack Helmkampf (12) & Dixon Bezzant (10).

Conway Counselor Amy Grunwaldt Recognized with April Excellence in Education Award

Amy Grunwaldt, a counselor at Conway Elementary, received the April 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the April 25, 2016, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Amy on this prestigious recognition!

This marks Amy’s seventh year with the Ladue School District. She began working here in 2009 as a counselor at Conway. Amy is originally from St. Charles, Missouri. She and her husband, Adam Grunwaldt, have been married for 14 years. The couple has two children: 9-year-old Jacob and 5-year-old Carly. Amy received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the Lindenwood University. She received her master’s degree in School Counseling from Lindenwood University and acquired more than 30 hours in Special Education from Webster University.

Amy is an invaluable member of Conway’s team. She has a great rapport with kids; she is supportive and always willing to sit down with a student who is struggling and work through the problem. With Amy, the students’ voices are heard, and she lets them know that their problems are important to her. She has an innate ability to listen to what students have to say and respond in a way that makes them feel as if someone understands what they’re going through.

“We all have job descriptions,” Principal Dr. Lane Narvaez says. “Amy views her job as helping to make Conway the best that it can be! And that’s why she’s the perfect candidate for this award.”

Ladue School District Honors Teachers of the Year

Every year, each building chooses a teacher of the year to be recognized by the Ladue School District. Then, one teacher is chosen as District Teacher of the Year. Each of the following individuals have dedicated time and effort into making learning a positive, fun and fulfilling experience for our students, and we thank them for their contributions!

Sweeney La Barge was chosen as District Teacher of the Year. Ask Sweeney what the best part of his job is, and he’ll tell you, “Easy—the people around me.” And he means all of them: students, teachers and administrators. He loves the interactions he has with all of them.

It’s this team mentality that Sweeney loves. Ladue Schools is the best team he’s ever been on, and he genuinely believes that we’re all better because we’re on this team. To use his words: “We reach more students when we’re a team. We impact our community as a team. Sometimes we disagree, but we respect each member of our team.”

LMS Nurse Ann Body Is Finalist For 2016 Excellence in Nursing Award

Ladue Middle School’s lead nurse Ann Body has been recognized as a finalist for the 2016 St. Louis Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards! Congratulations, Ann!

More than 250 nurses were nominated, the largest number of entries since the beginning of the program. A selection committee chose 66 finalists from this pool, and 24 winners will be recognized at the seventh annual Excellence in Nursing Awards reception on Thursday, April 14 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. The event will be hosted by St. Louis Magazine and is presented by Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. More than 450 guests are expected to attend.