Category Archives: A Salute To Ladue Staff

LHWHS Teacher Bob Westerholt Recognized with September 2015 Excellence in Education Award

Bob Westerholt, the AP Psychology teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, received the September 2015 Excellence in Education Award at the Sept. 28 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Bob on this prestigious recognition!

This marks Bob’s 23rd year of service in the Ladue School District, time spent imparting knowledge and life lessons to our students. Bob began his career with the district in August 1992, as a seventh grade social studies teacher at Ladue Middle School. He taught at LMS for five years before moving to the high school, where this will be his 18th year.

LHWHS’s Journalism Teacher Named Certified Journalism Educator

Congratulations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s journalism instructor Jillian Miesen for being named a Certified Journalism Educator from the Journalism Education Association!

Jillian will be recognized at a ceremony honoring the newly-certified educators at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Convention on November 14, 2015, at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida. She will receive her certificate during the ceremony.

Ladue Middle School Students Excel on MAP Test

Congratulations to our Ladue Middle School students and staff for their spot on a St. Louis Post-Dispatch list of eight area middle schools that mastered the MAP test this year!

The tests were expected to be more rigorous this year, because this was the launch of the testing that accompanied the Common Core Standards. Click here to see our school and its overall scores in English, Math and Science.

Teacher Inspires Students to Read Outside of the Classroom with Video

Kim Gutchewsky, an English teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, thought her students needed a reading pep talk. She thought they needed to see that real people, those who were out in their community, actually read books for enjoyment.

So this summer, she undertook the making of a video—one that would inspire her students to try to find books outside of class, books that they would love. Kim asked people to give their names, what they do for a living and then to talk about the book they were currently reading. She’s received great support from area businesses and media, including: the Ladue Schnucks, Barnes and Noble, KSDK anchors, the zoo, Ladue News, and more.

Research Project Shows Progress in Working Memory and Academics

Developing various methods of helping students succeed is imperative for schools, and one Ladue School District employee has contributed to this goal by striving to understand the relationship between working memory capacity and academic performance.

OBE’s Brown Receives National Recognition in Education

Old Bonhomme’s Patricia Brown was honored as a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! Patricia has been the elementary technology integration coach at Old Bonhomme Elementary School since 2010.

This year, Patricia was selected as one of thirty top educators in the country to participate in the the program. Patricia will receive a tablet computer and year-long professional development opportunities!

Reed Elementary Teacher Receives $1,000 Grant

Karen Engelkenjohn, a Gifted Specialist at Reed Elementary School, received a $1,000 grant from Monsanto on the first day of school that will be used to buy agriculturally-focused kits for students.  Karen said she was invited to apply for the Dannette Ward Science Education Grant because the school had hosted a Science Night the year before and had invited Monsanto employees to join in the fun.

Choir Director Honored with Presidential Award of Excellence

Ladue Schools would like to congratulate one of our esteemed staff members for being awarded the Missouri Choral Director’s Association 2015 “Presidential Award of Excellence!”

Thomas Lowery is the choir director for Ladue Horton Watkins High School and the Ladue Fifth Grade Center. He also teaches Introduction to Piano and is the vocal coach for the Spring Musical.

“I was humbled when I heard I was selected,” he said. “It’s an honor when somebody recognizes the work that you’ve done.”

LMS Students Interview Academy Award Winner

Two Ladue Middle School students shone brightly at the International Literacy Association Conference last weekend, where they had the opportunity to interview keynote speaker and Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer.

The event was held at America’s Center where, on a stage in front of thousands of guests, students Dale Chesson and Kiara Crawford spoke with Octavia, best known for starring in films like “The Help” and “Black and White.”

LMS’ Taylor-Johnson Honored with 2015 Excellence in Education Award

Congratulations to Ladue Middle School Associate Principal Tiffany Taylor-Johnson who received the prestigious 2015 Excellence in Education Award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 28th Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship & Awards Gala!

The St. Louis American published a profile of Tiffany, which painted  painted a picture of Dr. Tiffany’s approach to education through her own word, and also aptly captured her personality and dedication to her students and to her school through vignettes.