Category Archives: A Salute To Ladue Staff

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.

Art Teacher Emily Taylor Recognized with March Excellence in Education Award

Emily Taylor_March Excellence in EducationEmily Taylor, an art teacher at the Fifth Grade Center, received the March 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the March 28 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Emily on this prestigious recognition!

Emily began working for the Ladue School District as an art teacher at Ladue Middle School—back when it was Ladue Junior High—in the Fall of 1996.

Emily is known in her building for putting in extra effort every day by finding ways to help all of her students become engaged and find success. Fifth Grade Center Principal Julie Helm said that Emily accomplishes this by building confidence in those students who feel that they “can’t” and by challenging those students who love art to become better and try new ways of being creative.

Ladue Early Childhood Center Raises Money for Mighty Oakes

Thanks to the Ladue Early Childhood Center’s giving preschoolers, their involved parents and caring staff, the building raised more than $250 for the Mighty Oakes Foundation. The organization assists families who are affected by the challenges of congenital heart defects. The preschool students brought in change from home to donate to the foundation. To read how the foundation supports families and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, click here.

Old Bonhomme Technology Integration Coach Makes “20 to Watch” List

Patricia Brown_GoogleCongratulations to Old Bonhomme’s Technology Integration Coach, Patricia Brown, for her recognition by the National School Boards Association as a “20 to Watch” Education Technology Leaders for 2015-2016.

These recipients are recognized for “their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions and instructional strategies,” according to the news release.

This year’s honorees will be recognized during the 2016 Consortium for School Networking Conference on April 4 in Washington, D.C., and at the TLN-hosted luncheon during NSBA’s 2016 Annual Conference on April 8 in Boston.

This is a well-deserved recognition for Patricia, who recently returned from Mountain View, California, Google headquarters. She was one of 30 educators from around the globe selected as this year’s Google Innovators. Click here to read her blog showing us what she learned with Google!

Occupational Therapist Becky Braddock Recognized with February Excellence in Education Award

D-CampusDocumentStorepics36230Becky Braddock, an Occupational Therapist for the Special School District at Reed Elementary, received the February 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the Feb. 22 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Becky on this prestigious recognition!

Becky began working for the Ladue School District nearly 30 years ago and has been at Reed Elementary since her first day.  When she started working there, Don Flanagan was the principal and Superintendent Donna Jahnke was the resource teacher! Becky has also worked in several Parkway schools, as well as in Normandy. 

Becky is well-deserving for this award for her work both in and outside of the classroom. She has high expectations of her students, and is constantly pushing them to take their learning to the next level. Within her role as an occupational therapist, this equates to students becoming independent on specific tasks. In Becky’s class, achieving and trying your best are expectations.

Former Track & Field Coach To Be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Congratulations to former LHWHS Coach Phil Brusca, who is to be inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Masters Hall of Fame!

Please join his family, friends, former athletes and colleagues at a reception held in his honor on March 23, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the high school cafeteria. Dick Cochran, Olympic bronze medalist, will speak, and light food and refreshments will be provided.