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Weddings, Babies and Kudos: December 2018


Congratulations to Sharnez Givens, an English teacher at RHS, who became engaged to Aaron Williams, a construction project manager at Penn Services, on Dec. 2, at Horseshoe Bend in Page, Ariz.

Givens couple at Horseshoe Bend in Page, Ariz.


Congratulations to Matt Macko, eighth-grade English language arts teacher at Ritenour Middle, and his wife, Sarah, who celebrated the birth of their second son on Nov. 15. Grayson James Macko was 6 lbs. 13 oz. and 19 inches long. His proud big brother is Elijah, 4.




Beth Davey, Iveland Elementary music teacher and 2018 Missouri Teacher of the Year, received the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence on Dec. 10. She was nominated for the award by her peers in the Missouri National Education Association (NEA), and she will represent Missouri at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 8, 2019.
    The California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence highlight educators from around the country cited by their peers for their dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity and advocacy for fellow educators.
Beth Davey Award









Ashley Heede, kindergarten teacher at Marvin Elementary, was recognized at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Plantasia Gala in November for her work with the center’s outreach center and partnership with Marvin Elementary. She has worked with her students in in the school’s courtyard vegetable garden as she teaches them math and science concepts, as well as about global food security, while cultivating and harvesting crops.

Dr. L'Tanya Jordan, second-grade teacher at Marvin Elementary, completed her doctorate in educational leadership from Maryville University this fall. Her hooding ceremony is scheduled for December.

L'Tanya Jordan

Joelle McIntosh, business teacher at Ritenour High School, will be presenting at the Connected Learning - 2019 Midwest Global Teaching Dialogue on Jan. 5 at the Missouri History Museum. The event, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, focuses on global education for grades 9-12.

Tavonda Palmer, Ritenour High School dropout prevention specialist and Student Leadership teacher, is receiving two huge honors in December. On Dec. 10, she was honored as the Unsung Human Rights Hero by the St. Louis Coalition for Human Rights during a celebration at the Missouri History Museum.

On Dec. 23, Tavonda will receive the Power 100 Award by Delux Magazine for being one of the 100 most inspiring and influential leaders and professionals in the St. Louis area. Delux recognizes those who lead, inspire, innovate and demonstrate through their individual talents. 

Barbara Perales, a crossing guard at Marion Elementary and cook’s helper at Hoech Middle School, is excited to share that her granddaughter, Khloe Perales, was selected to perform for the second consecutive year in the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Khloe Perales, a fourth-grader at Iveland Elementary, was a mouse in the Dec. 2 performance. Last year she was a snowflake. She was selected from among hundreds of young ballerinas following a rigorous audition process this summer.

Khloe Perales

Jennifer Schumacher, office professional in Student Services at the Administrative Center, is proud to share that her daughter, Leah Schumacher, a senior horticulture student at Southeast Missouri State University, was selected to serve on the 2019 Student Advisory Committee of the Western Nursery and Landscape Association. Leah was selected because she is one of the top 20 outstanding agriculture students in the Midwest. Read more about this honor...