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Katie Reeves Receives Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award

Katie ReevesLHWHS Special Education teacher Katie Reeves received the 2022 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award on Nov. 16.
Reeves has taught for the Special School District for 19 years, working exclusively in Ladue Schools.

She began her career in elementary special education, working at both Old Bonhomme and Spoede Elementary Schools, and has taught Essential Skills at LHWHS for the past 15 years.
“During my years at LHWHS, I have been allowed to build an Essential Skills program that continues to grow with the changing needs of my students,” Reeves said. “The students I am empowered to teach every day are my family. Room 2341 is truly my favorite place on earth, and being in my classroom never feels like a job.” 
Reeves says her life’s work is advocating for students with special needs.
Superintendent Dr. Jim Wipke, LHWHS Principal Brad Griffith, SSD Director of Special Education for Ladue Schools Dr. Catina Lyles, SSD Administrator Jim Sievers, and other district-level and school administrators made a surprise visit to Reeves’ classroom Nov. 16 to celebrate and thank her while she was teaching an Essential Skills class.
Now in its 33rd year, Emerson's Excellence in Teaching Awards program has recognized educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area who exemplify excellence in their field.

From left to right: Dr. Jim Wipke, Jim Sievers, Katie Reeves, Dr. Catina Lyles, and Brad Griffith