2016-17 Teachers of the Year Announced

Andrea “Andi” Swantner, a kindergarten teacher at Duello Elementary School, has been selected as the Wentzville School District Teacher of the Year for 2016-17. Candidates are judged on the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues. Selection is also based on their ability to inspire and educate students of all backgrounds and abilities. “I feel very honored to be recognized in a sea of amazing teachers and educators,” Swantner shared following the announcement. “I hope to continue to represent the Wentzville School District in a positive way.”

“Mrs. Swantner is an educational innovator,” said Duello Assistant Principal Dani Todd. “She is always pushing the norms to be creative and influential for her colleagues and our District. Andrea has touched students and teachers in ways that change us personally and professionally.  She believes that her role does not begin or end in the classroom and she gives an extraordinary amount of her personal time to ensure that her students have exciting days at school, as well as the resources to help them succeed and develop into lifelong learners.”

As the winner of the District Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Swantner is now eligible to compete at the regional and state level in the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, which is conducted annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year program.

District schools each announced their Teacher of the Year recipient for 2016-17 in conjunction with American Education Week November 13-20 and those teachers then went through an application and interview process to be considered for District Teacher of the Year. American historian Henry Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” How fortunate we are to have so many exceptional educators in the WSD! 

Barfield Early Childhood SPED Center: Tara Dunaway -SPED Teacher

Boone Trail : Katie Strokotter  – Computer Teacher

Crossroads:  Amanda Roettger– 1st Grade Teacher

Discovery Ridge:  Callee Barrett - Kindergarten Teacher

Duello:  Andrea (“Andi”) Swantner - Kindergarten Teacher

Green Tree:  Pam Winter - Art Teacher

Heritage Primary:  Amanda Canty - 1st Grade Teacher

Heritage Intermediate:  Tina Meyer - 4th Grade Teacher

Lakeview:  Alexa Hanna - 5th Grade Teacher

Peine Ridge:  Lara Hodnett – Librarian

Prairie View:  Laurie Higgins - 1st Grade Teacher

Frontier MS:  Matthew Gill - Physical Ed Teacher

South MS:   Tasha Morris - SPED Teacher

Wentzville MS:  Laura Weisacosky - 6th Grade Science

Holt HS:  Deborah George - Communication Arts Teacher

Liberty HS:  Sandy Pizzo - FACS Teacher

Timberland HS:  Bill Petersmeyer – Social Studies Teacher

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