HSD 2022 Teachers and Support Staff of the Year

  • Each year, HSD celebrates the District-Level Teacher of the Year, Building-Level Teachers of the Year, and Support Staff of the Year. This year more than ever, it is important to recognize the extraordinary efforts of our educators.

    On behalf of the Board of Education and Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, Superintendent of HSD, congratulations to the winners of the 2021-2022 HSD District-Level Teacher of the Year, Building-Level Teachers of the Year, and Support Staff of the Year winners.

    Sarah Hecht, a McCurdy Elementary School teacher, has been named the District-Level Teacher of the Year. Ms. Hecht teaches 2nd grade and has been with the district for seven years. Her roots run deep in HSD. She is also a 2003 Hazelwood Central High School graduate. Additionally, her three sons all attend HSD schools.

    The District-Level Teacher of the Year 1st Runner Up is Katrina Bussen. Ms. Bussen is a dynamic educator with the district’s Early Childhood Center. The District-Level Teacher of the Year 2nd Runner Up is Monekea Smith-Taylor. Ms. Smith-Taylor is an inspiring educator at Hazelwood East Middle School.   

    The District-Level Teacher of the Year, Building-Level Teachers of the Year, and Support Staff of the Year will be honored at the PTA Founders' Day event on Feb. 3, 2022. This year's virtual celebration will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared in late Jan.

    All the winners can be viewed below.


    Sarah Hecht, District-Level Teacher of the Year



    Katrina Bussen, District-Level Teacher of the Year 1st Runner Up



    Monekea Smith-Taylor, District-Level Teacher of the Year 2nd Runner Up



Teachers of the Year

  • Katrina Bussen
    Early Childhood Center         



    Darnetta D. Wafford
    Armstrong Elementary School  

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    Shonda Northern
    Arrowpoint Elementary School   



    Michele Lashly
    Barrington Elementary School



    Tonya Felicia Jackson
    Brown Elementary School 



    Shaunn Simmons
    Cold Water Elementary School



    Molly Gibbs
    Garrett Elementary School   



    Asia McClain
    Grannemann Elementary School



    Alana Huddleston
    Jamestown Elementary School 



    Brittany Taussig
    Jana Elementary School 



    Amy Johnson
    Jury Elementary School   



    Mary Abegg
    Keeven Elementary School       



    Rochelle M. Jordan
    Larimore Elementary School    



    Susan Gentry
    Lawson Elementary School 



    Elizabeth DeSilva
    Lusher Elementary School 



    Sarah Hecht
    McCurdy Elementary School    



    Daniel Evert
    McNair Elementary School       



    Sara Garland
    Russell Elementary School 



    Stephanie Marrero
    Townsend Elementary School   



    John Phillips
    Twillman Elementary School   



    Donisha Abdul-Mumin
    Walker Elementary School   



    Michael Walls
    Hazelwood Central Middle School



    Monekea Smith-Taylor
    Hazelwood East Middle School   



    Diane Beers-Gallop
    Hazelwood North Middle School       



    Stephanie Brazuk
    Hazelwood Northwest Middle School 



    Tanika Harper-Hoover
    Hazelwood Southeast Middle School   



    Amanda Weber
    Hazelwood West Middle School   



    Wendy Reeves
    Hazelwood Central High School     



    Chuck Orlando
    Hazelwood East High School  



    Myronna Pryor
    Hazelwood West High School 



    Tirsha S. LeNoir
    Hazelwood Opportunity Center        



    Carrie Ziolkowski
    Hazelwood GALACTIC



    Sheri Lawson
    English Learners

    Sheri Lawson

Support Staff of the Year

  • Lesley Kocurek
    Child Nutrition    



    Melody Dupree
    Child Nutrition  



    Joan Everett



    Laura Augsburger


    Tracy Colton






    Emanuel Williams



    Eric Henderson



    Richard Maness Sr.



    Rachel Benjamin
    Nurse/ Clinic Aide



    Mulugeta Chekol



    Monique Goris
    Social Worker   



    Daymon McGhee



    Anthony Hinton
    Teacher Assistant/Building Aide   



    Verna Taylor
    Teacher Assistant/Building Aide     



    Kernell Watson