Category Archives: A Salute To Ladue Staff

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.

Swim Coach Saves Drowning Boy After Recent CPR Training

St. Louis Area Polo coach JD Shrewsbury saved one of his young swimmers in January, thanks to his recent training in CPR and First Aid. All coaches in the Clayton Water Polo Club are certified and trained by the Ladue School District’s own Corey Miller, an American Red Cross instructor and coach.

Technology Integration Coach Chosen for Google Academy

Patricia Brown_GoogleCongratulations to Old Bonhomme’s Technology Integration Coach Patricia Brown, who has been chosen to attend the Google Certified Innovator Academy, which will be held in Mountain View, California, on Feb. 24- 26.

The program includes three days of hands-on experience with Google’s products and technologies, learning about innovative instructional strategies and receiving resources to share with colleagues.

Brown is one of 35 participants chosen for their innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology.

“They will discover how to unlock creativity, translate insights into solutions, experiment rapidly, and build an effective innovation culture in their own schools and organizations,” according to a news release. “The Innovation Academy is just the beginning of a journey with peers—and Google—to impact education in their communities.”

With the completion of the program, the participants will become Google Certified Innovators.

Old Bonhomme Students and Staff Stand Up and ‘Choose to Be Nice’

Our Old Bonhomme students and staff came together last week in a show of solidarity against hurtful language by spreading the message “Choose to Be Nice.”

One of the school’s crossing guards experienced a situation in which two separate drivers used racist language toward her while she was trying to keep kids and parents safe at the crosswalk. 


Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 12.57.50 PMRecently, Old Bonhomme’s Character Education and Diversity committees have been working closely to instill the ‘Choose to Be Nice’ theme this school year. The program is a social movement and dedicated to encouraging and inspiring kindness. The goal is to improve the way people interact with each other by reminding them that they have a choice about how to “be” in the world. 

LHWHS Educator Don Goble Awarded International Recognition Award

LHWHS broadcast teacher Don Goble was awarded Tuesday, Jan. 16, with Making IT Happen award for his contributions to the successful integration of technology in education. The Making IT Happen award is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education.

This award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995, more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.

Second Grade Teacher Stephanie Towe Recognized with January Excellence in Education Award

Stephanie Towe, a second grade teacher at Old Bonhomme Elementary, received the January 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the Jan. 25 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Stephanie on this prestigious recognition!