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Jim Pritchett

During his 25-year career in Missouri schools, Dr. Jim Pritchett has seen a lot of change in education and the world.  Information now travels lightning fast, and students can be bombarded by messages – both positive and not-so-positive – from hundreds of different sources. Pritchett, principal of Rolla High School, said one thing hasn’t changed, Read More

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For generations, people have grown up and joined the family business. In a way, that’s what Diana Haynes did when she chose a career in education. “My dad spent 38 years training teachers at Missouri Western,” says Diana, who is in her 27th year of teaching. “My mom was a school nurse. My grandmother taught Read More

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Ray Parks

Each child is a gift filled with zest, creativity and untapped resources awaiting discovery. All students are gifted and talented and can learn at high levels when presented with complex stimuli in small bites over time. Teaching is an art that is both rewarding and challenging. An outstanding teacher must be committed and also have Read More

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Shelli Lee, a preschool teacher in the Lafayette County C-1 school district and a finalist for Missouri Teacher of the Year in 2009, has some advice for other educators involved in early learning: be flexible enough to go with children’s interests from day to day, but also be intentional in directing their learning. “You can Read More

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“There’s no place like home.” Dorothy’s mantra in The Wizard of Oz no doubt rings true for Amy Mailhot. Amy teaches at Lakewood Elementary in North Kansas City – the same school she attended as a child. “It’s surreal,” Amy said. “I can see my parents’ house from the school, just like I could when Read More

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Every school in Missouri wants to provide students with access to excellent education – the kind of education that will help ensure a successful future in a rewarding career. But some districts in the state face big challenges in attracting and retaining excellent educators to provide that type of instruction. Those districts tend to be Read More

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“Kids and families are kind of my thing.” That’s one of the first things Jan Lee will tell you when you ask why she works as a parent educator for Parents as Teachers (PAT) in the Affton School District. She teaches parents games and songs they can use to teach their infants and toddlers and Read More

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Thank a Teacher FB Twitter

Can you think of any part of your life that isn’t touched in some way by a teacher? Teachers provide instruction for our doctors, farmers, community leaders, plumbers and … teachers! May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and prominent Missourians have expressed their thanks to favorite teachers from their school years and all teachers across Read More

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Thank a Teacher FB Twitter

Can you think of any part of your life that isn’t touched in some way by a teacher? Teachers provide instruction for our doctors, farmers, community leaders, plumbers and … teachers! May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and these prominent Missourians have expressed their thanks to favorite teachers from their school years and all teachers Read More