Hazelwood West High School math teacher Scott Borcherding has been named a Regional Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
He is one of 10 St. Louis-area teachers to earn the recognition and one of only 32 statewide.
Borcherding was recognized at the Missouri State Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet Oct. 22 in Jefferson City.
“I have always believed that my successes have been based off relationships that I have created with students and colleagues,” Borcherding said. “This award has been a blessing to help me grow through opportunities that it has created throughout the past year.”
Borcherding has taught math at Hazelwood West High School since 2006, and is a Class of 2000 alumnus of the school.
He also is the senior class sponsor, varsity baseball coach, and girls tennis coach.
“Mr. Borcherding truly is a leader both for his students and Hazelwood West High School,” Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart said. “He is a shining example of our highly-qualified staff setting high expectations and helping students reach those expectations. I am very proud of him and his hard work.”
Recipients are chosen based on their ability to foster excellence in education through improved student learning.
They also must play an active role in their school community and provide service and leadership, as well as be highly-respected by students, parents, colleagues, and their community.
Borcherding previously received the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year Award from the Mathematics Educators of Greater St. Louis.