District Names 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year
The Hazelwood School District 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year have been chosen.
A Teacher of the Year is named at each school, after which an overall District Teacher of the Year and two runners-up are selected.
Ashley Gerald, first grade teacher at Lusher Elementary School, has been named the 2018-2019 Hazelwood Teacher of the Year.
Katie Hernandez of Jana Elementary and Stephani Durant of West High School tied for first runner-up.
Ms. Gerald was surprised with the news in her classroom Dec. 17 by Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart and Assistant Superintendent Juan Cordova.
She is a Hazelwood Central High School graduate, and has taught at Lusher Elementary for the past four years; she began teaching in the Hazelwood School District in Spring 2007 and taught previously at both Grannemann and Keeven Elementary.
"I am honored to receive this award. We have an amazing group of educators in our district, so to be recognized by my peers for my growth and work is amazing," Gerald said. "I do not take it lightly and I am so thankful to those that have contributed to my success throughout the years."
The Teacher of the Year honorees at each school are:
Armstrong Elementary - Lizabeth Johnson
Arrowpoint Elementary - Amy Williams
Barrington Elementary - Paris Bouchard
Brown Elementary - Jean Goldstein
Cold Water Elementary - Monica Warren
Early Childhood - Stacey Anderson
Garrett Elementary - Toni Grimes
Grannemann Elementary - Jernae Craig
Jamestown Elementary - William Kuhnert
Jana Elementary - Katie Hernandez
Jury Elementary - Kelsey Bodie
Keeven Elementary - Allison Cooke
Larimore Elementary - Angela Turner
Lawson Elementary - Jaimie Wilmes
Lusher Elementary - Ashley Gerald
McCurdy Elementary - Teresa Fiudo
McNair Elementary - Rachel Johnson
Russell Elementary - Molly Vatterott
Townsend Elementary - Chelsea Christman
Twillman Elementary - Sharene Brown
Walker Elementary - Renee Jenner
Central Middle - Cindy Miller
East Middle - Anna Zakrzewski
North Middle - Lauren Chadbourne
Northwest Middle - Joyce Pipes
Southeast Middle - Matthew Loyet
West Middle - Mark Hicks
Opportunity Center - Dorothy Burford
Central High - Patrick Rocco
East High - Cassandra Thomas
West High - Stephani Durant
The Support Staff of the Year recipients will be named soon.