All Stars Educators 2020

Summary: All Star Educators 2020

For six weeks this spring, the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation recognized teachers, counselors, social workers, custodial and food service staff, building and district leaders, and other support staff going above and beyond to serve students and their families amidst COVID-19. Teachers, principals, parents, and colleagues nominated their peers for their exceptional efforts. In total, 590 nominations were received, and the winners received over $4,500 in gift cards to Amazon, Starbucks, and/or Barnes and Noble.

During an uncertain time, one thing is certain. The educators and staff of St. Louis Public Schools are exceptional and going above and beyond for students and families.

Teachers are getting creative to engage students. One teacher assigned her students a scavenger hunt and asked them to locate items that illustrated specific physical properties of matter, receiving pictures and emails of objects all over homes and communities. Another teacher has taught special education students through gardening, kitchen safety, and cooking eggs for breakfast 5 different ways! One substitute teacher is a musician and plays requested songs during Zoom morning coffee chats/staff meetings.

Leaders are supporting their teams to deliver high quality instruction. One such leader has done individual check-ins with every teacher to get them comfortable with a new time of learning and to check in on their well-being. Another principal has been posting videos, reading books to the students on our school page to help connect with all students.

Staff are supporting families to make sure every child has the resources to be successful. A food service worker knows all of the families at her school by name, so students can expect to see a friendly face upon entering the building. She has reached out to families in the community via phone, facebook, and other means to inform them of the resources available and has been known to deliver resources after work. She has also helped parents with completing contracts via DocuSign when parents arrived to pick up iPads.

We believe the commitment of this group can be best summarized by this submission: ““The SLPS Team reminds me of Super Woman. [They] have taken leaps and bounds for our students and their families, especially during these uncertain times. [They] have ensured that they have everything they need to be successful and safe; academically and emotionally.”

This effort was made possible by your generous donation to the SLPS Foundation Emergency Response Fund. Contact our new Development Director, Emily Zevely, at ezevely@slpsfoundation.org if you’re interested in supporting continued “All Star” efforts as we start the 2020-2021 school year.

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