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English-Language Arts Teacher Kim Gutchewsky Named 2017 Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year

The Ladue School District is proud to announce that Kim Gutchewsky, an English-Language Arts teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been named a Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year for the St. Louis region. This coming school year will be Kim’s 24th year of teaching and her 18th year of being an English-Language Arts teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She will be honored at a celebration event hosted by the St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center at Education Plus, 1460 Craig Road, on July 27, 2017.

The Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year award is part of the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This program recognizes the efforts of effective teachers in providing a quality education to their students.

“We could not be more proud of Kim for this recognition at the regional level,” high school principal Brad Griffith said. “Kim sees it as part of her role to teach her wide range of students how to navigate their world, to embrace change, constantly evolve and utilize critical thinking. In addition, as chair of the English department, she has been a true teacher-leader, sharing innovative teaching practices, and a willingness to tackle difficult issues. Kim is more than deserving of this award.”

Kim is eligible to compete for the 2017 Missouri Teacher of the Year. The selection committee, comprised of teachers, business leaders and education organization leaders, will choose the Missouri Teacher of the Year following interviews with each finalist this fall. The winner and the finalists will be honored at a banquet in October in Jefferson City. The new Missouri Teacher of the Year will serve as the state’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

The Missouri Teacher of the Year program is conducted with financial support by the Boeing Company and the Monsanto Fund.

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.

Fall 2015, a Semester to Celebrate

Fall 2015 was another semester to celebrate! The Ladue School District is recognized nationally for the outstanding academic achievements of its students inside the classroom. The district’s staff and students are also achieving at a high level outside the classroom.

Here is just a sampling from the first semester of the 2015-16 school year.

Learn about district, student, staff and alumni accomplishments as they happen by “liking” the district on Facebook (facebook.com/ladueschools) or following us on Twitter @LadueSchools.

LMS Physical Education Department Awarded SHAPE America Grant

The Ladue Middle School’s Physical Education Department was selected as a 2016 SHAPE America Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart Grant Recipient for its passion and commitment to the Hoops For Heart Program! The grant will allow the department to expand both its curriculum and focus on student health.

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. 

Spoede Teacher Kathie Dolan Recognized with November 2015 Excellence in Education Award

dolan_2015Kathie Dolan, an Idea Lab Teacher at Spoede Elementary School, received the November 2015 Excellence in Education Award at the Nov. 23 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Kathie on this prestigious recognition!

Kathie has been with the Ladue School District since August of 1990, when she joined the staff as a teaching assistant at Reed Elementary School. Having served the district as a first and second grade teacher, an enrichment teacher and an Idea Lab teacher, Kathie has touched the lives of many students in many different ways.

Art Teacher’s Exhibit On Display at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Are you traveling by air over the holidays? If so, you’ll want to check out high school art teacher Daniel Raedeke’s exhibit at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport! Congratulations to Daniel on this great recognition; his colorful sculpture pieces will be on display in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge Exhibit Space until April 2016.

LHWHS Alumnus Selected as Minnesota World Language Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Grant Boulanger, a 1993 Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate, who has been selected as the 2015 Minnesota World Language Teacher of the Year! This award is one of the highest bestowed by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures.

Grant went on to be chosen as the 2016 Regional Language Teacher of the Year by the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Grant will represent the central region at the national competition at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention & World Languages Expo in Boston, Massachusetts in November.

Grant Paves Way for New Pickleball Paddles at Conway

Our students at Conway Elementary are ready to play some pickleball! Ann Chapin, the school’s physical education teacher, applied for and received a $150 mini-grant from the Greater St. Louis Region Missouri State Teachers Association that she plans on putting toward some better quality pickleball paddles!

LMS Teacher is President of McKendree University Alumni Association

Ladue Middle School teacher Maria Page is serving her second term as president of the Alumni Association at McKendree University, according to the St. Louis American. Maria is a member of the board of trustees, and she previously served as first vice president and homecoming chair. Maria teaches creative writing and video journalism to seventh and eighth grade students at the Ladue School District.