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Missouri STEM Educator Innovator Award Winners

Congratulations to 10 Missouri educators who were recently honored as Missouri STEM Educator Innovator award winners! These 10 were recognized by the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition and Monsanto for using innovative techniques to teach and inspire students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The winners were: 

  • Cana Conrow, Fayette High School
  • Garrett Lowder, Nixa
  • Tracie Summerville, Rockwood Summit High School 
  • Pattie Balano Blue Springs South High School 
  • Connie Shoemaker, Rolla High School 
  • Melanie Utterback, Community R-VI 
  • Clifford Amen, Parkway West High School 
  • Daniel Barton, John Burroughs 
  • Brett Kisker, Liberty North High School 
  • Mark McAllister, Lafayette High School

Third Grade Teacher from O'Fallon Wins Prestigious Milken Award

Jessica Karll, a third grade teacher at Discovery Ridge Elementary School in O’Fallon, has been named the winner of a Milken Educator Award that includes an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000. 

Hazelwood Journalism Teach Named Missouri Teacher of the Year

Chris Holmes grew up watching his father teach college literature and composition, noticing the difference his dad made in the lives of his students. That experience, combined with the influences of teachers in high school and college, forged a teacher who tries to emulate those who inspired him.

2014 Pioneers in Education

Four individuals were honored July 28, 2014, as Pioneers in Education for their commitment and contribution to public education in Missouri. The 2014 Pioneers in Education are: Dr. Robert Bartman, Kansas City; David Harrison, Springfield; Juanita Peaslee, Centerview; Marilyn Stewart, Kirkwood.

Joplin High School Teacher Wins Prestigious Milken Award

Tobin Schultz, a social studies teacher and varsity football defensive coordinator at Joplin High School, was surprised with a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000.

Fenton Educator Named Missouri Teacher of the Year

Jamie Manker, a social studies teacher and department chair at Rockwood Summit High School, has been selected as the 2013-2014 Missouri Teacher of the Year. Jamie and six state finalists will be honored at a banquet to be held Oct. 21, 2013.