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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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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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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

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“People first.” That expression is at the heart of many teachers’ passion for their craft. They may teach a subject they love or know deeply, but the focus of education – the reason they chose a career in the classroom – is to serve students. Jon Frank understands that, and it’s the reason he began Read More

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It’s no secret that teaching is about more than imparting facts and figures to students. Oh, sure, it’s also about helping them develop a deep understanding of subject matter, but at its heart, teaching is about giving kids power. “I tell my students that knowledge is power,” said Susie Helwig, a science teacher at North Read More

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Teachers are inspired to establish their careers in education by a wide variety of influences. For Ben Dueker, an 8th grade history teacher at Northeast Middle School in Creve Coeur, the influence was family. “My mom was a teacher in my school,” Ben said. “I was able to see her commitment to teaching and the Read More