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May 2017 Weddings, Babies & Kudos


Bridget Gaffney, a special education teacher at Iveland Elementary, became engaged in April.  She and her fiancé, Will Linders, plan to get married in the summer of 2018. 


Sara Davis's Baby Bonnie
     Jamie Eagle's Baby Everett      Valerie Stanfill's Baby Lyla

Sara Davis, Marion elementary nurse, and her partner Zack Fisher, welcomed their daughter, Bonnie, into their lives on April 17, weighing 7 lbs., 13 oz. and was 20 inches long.

Jamie Eagle, a Hoech Middle School sixth-grade ELA and social studies teacher, and husband Jeff Markovich, welcomed Everett Asher Markovich on April 3. Everett made his debut at 5 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 inches long. His big sister is Amelia, age 3.

Valerie Stanfill, teacher at the School for Early Childhood Education, and husband Josh welcomed their second daughter into their family on March 8. Lyla Kathleen Stanfill weighted 7 lbs. 14 oz. and was 21 inches long. Big sister Zoey, 3, enjoys doting on Lyla. Photo Credit: Rachel Myers Photography


Laura Conley Dr. Laura Conley (right), seventh grade ELA teacher at Hoech Middle School, earned the Lindenwood Lighthouse Consulting Doctor of Education in Administration Award in April for superior leadership in education and excellent doctoral work.

Dr. Lisa Greenstein, principal of Wyland Elementary, is the 2017 Maryville University Leona Koral Outstanding Educator Award for her outstanding contributions to the university’s teacher education program.

Look for a feature in NEA Today about Jane Bannester, radio and television teacher at RHS, and her outstanding KRHS Media students. Jane will keep busy this summer as a student and presenter at prestigious workshops around the national. From June 16 to June 18, she will join professional journalists from across the country at Drone Journalism School, held by the Poynter and Google News Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will spend the rest of June as a staff member for the Gateway Writing Project student summer camp, “OneCity Stories.” In July, Jane heads to Las Vegas to present at the Journalism Education Association Advisers Institute.

Bridget Gaffney, a special education teacher at Iveland Elementary, received her master’s in education from Fontbonne University on May 8.

Evelyn Gilliam, Professional Development coordinator, wrote an article, Teaching Kids…Easy as Pie” that was published in the Missouri State Teacher’s Association Publication, School and Community. The article appeared on p. 26 in the Spring 2017 edition.

Mandi Little, a physical education teacher at RHS and coach for the JV soccer and softball teams and middle school basketball team, earned a master’s degree in kinesiology. 

Megan Stocksick, a teacher at Iveland Elementary, earned her additional 30 credit hours beyond her master’s from Truman University in February.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Dragoni and Dr. Katie Gipperich. Both graduated from Maryville University with their Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership on April 29. Dragoni is the district's instructional facilitator for Gifted & STEAM Education and Gipperich is a kindergarten teacher at Buder Elementary.  

Nine Ritenour teachers received their K-8 advanced certification in science in May from Washington University Institute for School Partnership (below). To earn this advanced certification, teachers completed a four-year intensive program that focused on inquiry in the classroom and other best science practices for teachers and students. Completing this certification are: Nicole Hosseini (Iveland), Anna Kazanecki (Kratz), Yvonne Leigh (Wyland), Kristen Nichols (Buder), Angela Richard (Iveland), Lindsay Schmidt (Schmidt), Kerry Speck (Marvin), Ray West (Buder), and Beth Zimmerman (Iveland Elementary).

Wash U Science Certification Teachers