February 2017 Weddings, Babies and Kudos
Kristina Mattson (right), an RHS math teacher, got engaged in December to Cody Martin, her college sweetheart from Northern Michigan University. They plan to wed in December 2017.
Lindsey Salant, first-grade teacher at Marvin Elementary, got engaged to Keith Clements on Oct. 21. They are planning a Nov. 19, 2017 wedding in St. Charles.
Alexander Terrance (below), an RHS history teacher, proposed to Kristine Gage on Nov. 25 at Castlewood State Park. They plan to marry in the fall of 2018.
Sadie Leyh-Pierce, a Ritenour social worker, gave birth on Jan. 15 to a beautiful daughter, Eloise Jean Leyh-Pierce (right). She debuted at 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 inches long. Sadie reports, “Her mom Lilly and I are over the moon to welcome our first little friend into our family!”
Rolanda Dodds-Piggs, office professional at the Administrative Center, welcomed her third grandchild, Cosima Maria Marshall, on Jan. 30. Cosima made her debut at 5 lbs. 15 oz. and was 19 inches long. Her parents are Reva Dodds (RHS Class of 2011) and Charles Marshall.
Kevin Daniels, an RHS math teacher, and wife Meredith welcomed their third son, Liam, on Jan. 15. Liam, who weighed at 8 lbs. 6 oz. and 22 inches long at birth, joins his big brothers, 4-year old Nate and 2-year old Owen.
Jane Bannester, RHS broadcast journalism teacher and advisor for KRHS Media, was recognized in December by the Journalism Education Association, the largest scholastic journalism organization for the teachers and media advisers. She also has received the prestigious honors by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System as the Best TV Station Faculty Advisor and Best Radio Station Faculty Advisor. The 2017 awards will be presented on March 4 at the International IBS Conference in New York City. Her students are finalists in 40 categories in the 2017 Trophy Awards program and also will receive their awards on March 4.
Donna Lee, office professional at Wyland Elementary, is excited to share that her son, Shawn Lee, will be promoted to lieutenant colonel at Beal Air Force Base in California on March 1. He is a 2002 graduate of the Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Jerry Nolen, RHS activities director will be honored March 11, 2017 as the Gateway District Administrator of the Year by the Missouri Association of Student Councils at the organization’s state conference.
Jennifer Tadsen, French teacher at RHS, was re-elected for another term as the vice president of the Greater St. Louis Area Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). She also was selected as a Class Dojo Ambassador after being a mentor for this program for several years. At a November 2016 workshop in Rolla, she was the keynote speaker and shared valuable information enhancing students’ proficiency by integrating technology into world language education.
Kendall Lee, age 7, dresses up as a 100-year-old lady for her 100th day of school in Lincoln, Calif. She is the granddaughter of Donna Lee, office professional at Wyland Elementary.