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LECC Music Teacher Julianne Schankman Recognized with January Excellence in Education Award

Julianne Schankman, an early childhood music teacher at Ladue Early Childhood Center, received the January Excellence in Education Award at the Jan. 22, 2018, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Julianne on this prestigious recognition!

Julianne has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 2011, when she took a part-time position as the music teacher at the LECC.

It is without question that Julianne plays such an important role in the lives of all of the young students at the Ladue Early Childhood Center. As LECC Director Kerri Wetzel has said, “Julianne makes it a point to get to know each child’s name in our school, and her tender and warm approach invites them to learn acceptance and understanding of the world around them.”

LECC Students Learn About Diversity for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

To commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day last week, some teachers at the Ladue Early Childhood Center organized an educational activity for the kiddos. In the Fish room, the students cracked open a white and brown egg to see how they are the same on the inside even though the exterior colors are different. The teachers than translated that observation to the students by asking them to look at how their skin tones were diverse, but everyone is the same on the inside.

Check out some photos from the activity below!

Ladue Early Childhood Center Collects Donations for Hurricane Victims

The Ladue Early Childhood Center collected donations from their school drive for hurricane victims. These donations were sent to The Puerto Rican Society of St. Louis. The LECC would like to thank their parents and community members for their generous giving!

LECC Special Education Teacher Terri Linhoff-Balk Recognized with January Excellence in Education Award

Terri Linhoff-Balk, an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, received the January Excellence in Education Award at the Jan. 23, 2017, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Terri on this prestigious recognition!

Terri has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 2000, when she took her position at the LECC.

Part of the Special School District’s vision and mission is the Commitment to Excellence, which includes nine core belief statements. One of those is: ‘We believe that what we do is more than just a job.’ Terri exemplifies this belief every day in her work with students and their families. She goes beyond what is expected to strive to make learning as fun and meaningful for her students as she possibly can. Through her efforts, she creates learning experiences that many of her students would not have the opportunity to experience outside of school. A few of these include the circus, the princess ball and the Thanksgiving feast.

Six Ladue Schools Programs Receive 2016 Promising Practices Awards

Anna Dodel and Cindy Brown receive the LECC Promising Practice award at the National Character Education Conference in Washington, D.C.

Anna Dodel and Cindy Brown receive the LECC Promising Practice award at the National Character Education Conference in Washington, D.C.

Several Ladue School District’s schools’ programs were selected as a 2016 National Promising Practice by Character.org! The program highlights what classrooms are doing well across the nation and across the world.

The following school received the award for their programs:

  • Ladue Early Childhood Center — Bringing Literacy Into the Home, Veterans Day
  • Reed — STARR Teams (Students Taking Action and Responsibility), Action-Based Service Learning at St. Louis Food Bank
  • Spoede — Camp Read-A-Lot
  • Ladue Middle School — New Student “Bring a Friend” Club

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.

Pre-K Teacher Claire Belz Recognized with December 2015 Excellence in Education Award

Claire Belz, a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Ladue Early Childhood Center, received the December 2015 Excellence in Education Award at the Dec. 14 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Claire on this prestigious recognition!

This marks Claire’s 12th year with the Ladue School District. She began working here in 2004 as a BASK assistant, teaching assistant and substitute teacher at the LECC. 

Ladue Early Childhood Center Staff & Community Recognized for Support of Cancer Center

The Ladue Early Childhood Center staff and school community will be recognized for their annual fundraising efforts and support of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center!

Each year, the LECC hosts the “Hats on to Cancer” event, where students bring in $1 to wear a hat all day at school. All proceeds are donated to the center. This year will be the third time the LECC has held the event. This year, the event will be on Jan. 21, 2016!

Ladue School District Honors Three Chiefs of Police

On April 8, 2015, the Board of Education recognized the Creve Coeur, City of Olivette and City of Ladue police chiefs and their departments for their service in keeping the schools within the Ladue School District safe.

Ladue Early Childhood Center’s Ayres receives December Excellence in Education Award

Ladue Early Childhood Center (LECC) Preschool Teacher Dee Ayres began working in the district in 2007. LECC Director Kerri Wetzel says Dee is a “role model in her management skills and working with children, and is well respected by her colleagues.”