September 2016 Recognition - Katherine Schack PAEMST Winner, THS Coaches & WSD Drivers
KATHERINE SCHACK for having received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
It has been two years since we recognized Katherine Schack for having been nominated as a finalist for the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Sometimes the wheels turn a little slowly in our Nation’s Capitol, but we are pleased to have Ms. Shack here with us again this evening to honor her as a RECIPIENT of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is fresh off the heels from her trip to Washington D.C where she accepted the prestigious award last week. The award, as you know, is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Katherine received it for her classroom work at Lakeview Elementary, where she taught 2nd grade before her promotion in 2014 to the District’s Math Instructional Leader and now Math Content Leader.
The awards are given annually, or semiannually in Katherine’s case, to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. She is only one of two recipients in Missouri to receive the Math award which is designed to recognize those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that enhances student learning. She is also the fourth WSD educator to be named a Finalist for the Award and the second WSD educator to receive the Award since 2012.
Although Katherine did not have a chance to meet President Obama last week, she was honored at a capitol reception and received a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at her discretion. Please join me in congratulating Ms. Katherine Schack.
TIMBERLAND COACHING STAFF and WSD BUS DRIVERS for Good Samaritan Actions Assistant Accident Victim
Last month, as the Timberland football team was headed on multiple buses to a Jamboree at Parkway Central to kick off their season, one of the coaches witnessed a bicyclist crash on the Creve Coure trail. The bike’s tire had flown off the front of the bike and the rider’s head struck the ground and he showed no signs of movement. The coaches asked their bus driver to pull over and Coach Tom Papez was first off the bus running about 100 yards to assist the victim. Other coaches followed with a first aid kit while some of the coaches stayed back with the athletes and the buses. Once emergency personnel were on their way and the rider was stabilized, the coaches and players boarded the buses while Coach Tom Papez stayed behind with the accident victim and Coach Johnston drove his truck back to the scene to pick him up. Tonight we would like to recognize the coaches and bus drivers not only for their good Samaritan actions in assisting the accident victim, but also for the example they set for their athletes that evening and for being good will ambassadors of the Wentzville School District. Here with us this evening:
Coach Tom Papez, Coach Scott Johnston, Coach Justin Shiroma, Coach Steve D’Antonio & Head Coach Ed Gilreath
...and from our Transportation Department, drivers Mary Meyer, Carl Martin, Doug Schulte and Joseph Nize.