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Cherly Thomas Wins Challenger Inspiring Teacher Award

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Congratulations to St. Ann Catholic School’s very own 6th-8th grade science teacher – Cheryl Thomas, recipient of this year’s “Challenger Inspiring Teacher Award”.

 

Challenger Learning Center Recognizes Seven Local Teachers in Honor of Challenger’s 30th Anniversary

Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis Honors the Past and Celebrates Tomorrow’s Innovators and Educators

FERGUSON–The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis commemorated the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle accident with a program that honored the seven Challenger astronauts, including Christa McAuliffe, who would have been the first teacher to go into space, and recognized seven current teachers who are inspiring our future generation of explorers and innovators.

 The award, titled “Challenger Inspiring Teacher Award” was given to teachers who were nominated by former students, administrators, colleagues, and parents. The award recipients included the following: Holly Camacaro, 3rd-grade teacher at Griffith Elementary School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, Jessica Foersterling, is a 5th-grade science teacher at St. Mary’s School in Alton, IL, Carl Hoagland, Professor of Technology and Learning at the University of Missouri St. Louis, Beth Kassel, 5th-8th grade teacher at St. Justin Martyr Catholic School in Sappington, MO, Diane O’Leary (retired) 6th- grade science at Truman Middle School in the Lindbergh School District, Kyle Selliers, 5th-grade teacher at Signal Hill Elementary School in Belleville, IL, and Cheryl Thomas, 6th-8th grade science teacher at St. Ann Catholic School in Normandy.

“Receiving the Challenger Inspiring Teacher Award at the 30th anniversary honoring the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger is an extreme honor and a humbling experience.  The award makes me more motivated to encourage our youth to consider STEM careers,” said Dr. Carl Hoagland, Professor of Technology and Learning at the University of Missouri St. Louis.

In addition to the recognitions and awards, the Challenger Learning Center held a program during the day that included future educators—education majors from area colleges and universities, who worked alongside a group of 6th-grade students from Airport Elementary School in Ferguson in a simulated space mission. Those education majors also participated in some hands-on activities that were similar to the ones that Christa McAuliffe was planning on teaching from space.

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Challenger Learning Center’s Inspiring Teacher award recipients (from left to right): Tasmyn Front, Director, Challenger Learning Center, Cheryl Thomas, 6th-8th grade science teacher at St. Ann Catholic School,  Diane O’Leary (retired) 6th- grade science at Truman Middle School,  Jessica Foersterling, is a 5th-grade science teacher at St. Mary’s School, Carl Hoagland, Professor of Technology and Learning at the University of Missouri St. Louis,  Kyle Selliers, 5th-grade teacher at Signal Hill Elementary, Beth Kassel, 5th-8th grade teacher at St. Justin Martyr Catholic School, and Holly Camacaro, 3rd-grade teacher at Griffith Elementary

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Julie Thompson wins Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award


Julie Thompson Emerson Excellence Award Winner

Congratulations!  Mrs. Julie Thompson, gr. 6-8 math & social studies teacher, has received the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award 2015. 

Emerson annually recognizes more than 100 educators i the St. Louis Metropolitan area pre-school through college professors who are examples of educators in their field.  Mrs. Thompson is one of only 4 Awardees from Catholic schools.  She will be honored at a special award ceremony on November 22 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Clayton.

Over the last 4 years, 3 other St. Ann teachers have received this award:  2014 Ms. Dana Aubuchon 3rd grade teacher, 2013 Mrs. Julie Chase 4th grade teacher, and 2011 Mrs. Kathy Reid 1st grade teacher.



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7th and 8th Graders Visit the Cathedral Basilica


On Wednesday, October 14 the 5th, 7th and 8th Graders had an opportunity to hear some beautiful music in the equally beautiful Cathedral Basilica.  The performers were world-famous soprano and opera star, Christine Brewer, who was born and raised in the near St. Louis area.

The other performer was Grammy Award winning organist, Paul Jacobs.  He is the only person to ever win a Grammy playing that particular instrument.  The two have recently recorded a CD together and were here to present a Cathedral Concert Wednesday evening. They generously gave of their time and talent by performing a free mini-concert for area students in the morning.  Thank you, Christine, Paul and the Cathedral Basilica!




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St. Ann Teacher Wins 2015 Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Teacher Recognition Award

Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Teacher Recognition Award Winner

The Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Teacher Recognition Award honors educators in parish elementary and secondary schools and Archdiocesan elementary, secondary and special education schools and centers for their outstanding service and performance.  Mrs. Julie Chase was one of 6 educators to receive the award this year.  The group photo shows those 6 educators with Archbishop Carlson and Dr. Kurt Nelson, the Superintendent of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese.

Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Teacher Recognition Award Group Photo

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