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2021 Wentzville School District Employee Awards Celebration

The Wentzville School District Employee Awards Celebration recognizes the distinction in performance of our employees.

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION

Dr. Curtis Cain, Superintendent

Dr. Megan Stryjewski, Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Jennifer Hecktor, Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Jeri LaBrot, Assistant Superintendent

Mr. John Schulte, Assistant Superintendent

Mr. Richard Angevine, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Derrick Docket, Chief Communications Officer

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Mrs. Betsy Bates, President

Mr. Dan Brice, Vice President

Mr. Dale Schaper, Secretary

Mrs. Erin Abbott, Director

Ms. Sandy Garber, Director

Mr. Jason Goodson, Director

Mrs. Shannon Stolle, Director

TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

  • Jonica Weiler, Speech Language Pathologist at Barfield ECSEC
  • Sarah Pruemer, 4th Grade Teacher at Boone Trail Elementary
  • Miranda Warden, 1st Grade Teacher at Crossroads Elementary
  • Lauren Maher, Speech Language Pathologist at Discovery Ridge Elementary
  • Julia Roberts, 3rd Grade Teacher at Duello Elementary
  • Gina Randolph, Speech Language Pathologist at Green Tree Elementary
  • Holly Brouillard, Kindergarten Teacher at Heritage Primary
  • Todd Gregory, Physical Education Teacher at Heritage Intermediate
  • Melissa James, Kindergarten Teacher at Journey Elementary
  • Sarah Adams, Kindergarten Teacher at Lakeview Elementary
  • Jill Sutton, 5th Grade Teacher at Peine Ridge Elementary
  • Lauren Bradley, 1st Grade Teacher at Prairie View Elementary
  • Susan Howell, Speech Language Pathologist at Stone Creek Elementary
  • Rachel Pape, Art Teacher at Wabash Elementary
  • Lisa Obando, Special Education Teacher at Frontier Middle School
  • Cari Cowan, 8th Grade English Teacher at South Middle School
  • Carli Doering, 7th Grade Math Teacher at Wentzville Middle School
  • Samantha Babor, Special Education Teacher at Holt High School
  • Constance Hallemeier, Math Teacher at Liberty High School
  • Mike Kaiman, History Teacher at Timberland High School
  • Joseph Radi, Middle School Intervention Program at Pearce Hall
  • Erica Burkitt, Special Education Teacher at The Mind Development Center
2020-2021 Wentzville School District Teacher of the Year: Constance Hallemeier, Math Teacher at Liberty High School

Constance Hallemeier, a math teacher at Liberty High School, has been selected as the 2020-2021 Wentzville School District Teacher of the Year. This year’s winner is presented by WSD marketing partner Allstate agent John Larson. Candidates are judged on their ability to inspire and educate students of all backgrounds and abilities, as well as their ability to lead and inspire their colleagues. The surprise announcement was made during the Board of Education meeting on December 17.

This is the second time in Mrs. Hallemeier’s career that she has been selected as the District Teacher of the Year. She has worked for the WSD since 2003 and held the honor previously in 2006-2007. "I am so honored to be selected from all the amazing teachers represented from around the District who engage our students each and every day," said Mrs. Hallemeier following the announcement. "It's truly a blessing to work in a district that has such dedicated teachers."

As the winner of the District Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Hallemeier 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.

During the District Teacher of the Year process, each school selected their Teacher of the Year and announced it during American Education Week, November 16-20, and those teachers then went through an application and interview process to be considered for District Teacher of the Year.

SUPPORT STAFF EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR

  • Tim Flickinger, Technician Lead at Berrey-Place Center
  • Kristie Jones, Instructional Assistant at Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center
  • Lauren Meyer, Nurse at Boone Trail Elementary
  • Maddie Whiteaker, Nurse at Crossroads Elementary
  • Rosemarie Hamilton, Nurse at Discovery Ridge Elementary
  • Michelle Jones, Instructional Assistant at Duello Elementary
  • Stephanie Hysong, Division Secretary at Green Tree Elementary
  • Kelly Hume, Division Secretary at Heritage Primary
  • Rich Hampton, Custodian at Heritage Intermediate
  • Kim Parker, Instructional Assistant at Journey Elementary
  • Deanna Hiatt, Paraprofessional at Lakeview Elementary
  • Ashley Feith, Instructional Assistant at Peine Ridge Elementary
  • Michelle Courtois, Custodian at Prairie View Elementary
  • Valerie Akers, Nurse at Stone Creek Elementary
  • Sherry Nutt, Nurse at Wabash Elementary
  • Alisha Mecker, Nurse at Frontier Middle School
  • Joan Kelly, Instructional Assistant at South Middle School
  • Kim Kemerer, Division Secretary at Wentzville Middle School
  • Diane Wilmes, Nurse at Holt High School
  • (Marissa) Marcey Watkins, Health Sevice Aide at Liberty High School
  • Leslie Wagner, Administrative Secretary at Timberland High School
  • Jennifer Hill, Instructional Assistant at The Mind Development Center
  • Judy Struckhoff, Nurse at Pearce Hall
  • Tom Kaimann, District Plumber at Support Services
  • Lori Kliethermes, Router / Dispatcher at Transportation

Each year in May, we look forward to paying special tribute to our employees at the District Awards Banquet. One of the groups of employees being honored are our 2020-21 Support Staff Employees of the Year. Each building in the District elects their own Support Staff Employee of the Year, and then the building winners are eligible for the District Support Staff Employee of the Year.

Our support staff employees often labor behind the scenes, but their hard work never goes unnoticed, and these individuals are truly the glue that holds our District together. It is our support staff employees who drive our buses, prepare our meals, clean our buildings, maintain our facilities, and do a hundred other jobs that help support our educational efforts.

Leslie Wagner, Administrative Secretary at Timberland High School, has been selected as the 2021 District Support Staff Employee of the Year. The surprise announcement was made at the office of Timberland High School on Friday, May 14, 2021.

“I love working at Timberland! We have great people, great students and staff. I’m very thankful and humbled to be named District Support Staff Employee of the Year,” said Wagner. Wagner has worked in the Wentzville School District since 2008, and for the last six years, she’s served as an administrative secretary at Timberland High School.

Timberland High School Assistant Principal Liz Reckker shared, “Leslie Wagner is amazing! She takes on any task with no complaint, has very high standards for herself, and cares a lot about other people. We love having her here at Timberland.”

Each year in May, the District looks forward to paying special tribute to our employees at the District Awards Banquet. For the second time since its inception, the event has been canceled - like so many other special, end-of-the-school-year celebrations - due to the pandemic. The WSD has featured different groups of employees over the past several weeks through virtual tributes to honor them and their work.

20-YEAR EMPLOYEES

  • James Andrzejewski, English Language Arts Teacher/Stuco at Timberland High School
  • Jennifer Barbour, Foreign Language Teacher at Holt High School
  • Kathy Bath, Custodian at Peine Ridge Elementary
  • Julia Campeau, Library Assistant at Green Tree Elementary
  • Angela Detz, Special Education Teacher at Liberty High School
  • Janette Dickherber, Special Education Teacher at Crossroads Elementary
  • Shirley Elfrink, Cashier at Timberland High School
  • Vickie Ellsworth, Instructional Assistant at Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center
  • Francine Esker, Administrative Secretary at Transportation Facility
  • Katherine Fischer, Educational Support Counselor at Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center
  • Troy Gill, Computer/PLTW Teacher at Lakeview Elementary
  • Holly Harris, 1st Grade Teacher at Duello Elementary
  • Jennifer Hennessy, 5th Grade Teacher at Green Tree Elementary
  • Susan Holmstedt, Instructional Assistant at Boone Trail Elementary
  • Nicol Hopkins, School Counselor at Holt High School
  • Angela Huddleston, Educational Examiner at Administrative Center Annex
  • Toni Johnson, Cafeteria Manager at Boone Trail Elementary
  • Denys Jolliff, Special Education Teacher at Liberty High School
  • Donald Jolliff, Physical Education/Health Teacher at Liberty High School
  • Fonda Kennedy-Caplinger, 2nd Grade Teacher at Lakeview Elementary
  • Lori Kliethermes, Router/Dispatcher at Transportation Facility
  • Jennifer Kriesmann, 2nd Grade Teacher at Boone Trail Elementary
  • Angela Lefers, Librarian at South Middle School
  • Amy Lehnhoff, 6th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Heritage Intermediate
  • Heather Martin, Special Education Process Coordinator at Administrative Center
  • Carl Martins, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility
  • Patricia McAlister, 3rd Grade Teacher at Prairie View Elementary
  • Cathleen McCandless, 8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Wentzville Middle School
  • Heather Meek, Kindergarten Teacher at Crossroads Elementary
  • Tracy Metzler, Paraprofessional at Heritage Intermediate
  • Tarla Novel, Security Guard at Administrative Center Annex
  • Brenda Owens, Head Cashier at Crossroads Elementary
  • Bobbi Jo Pegg, 5th Grade Teacher at Crossroads Elementary
  • Amanda Petersmeyer, Science Teacher at Timberland High School
  • Julie Prine, Music Teacher at South Middle School
  • Ellen Quade, 1st Grade Teacher at Green Tree Elementary
  • Lynn Rector, Instructional Assistant at Timberland High School
  • Amanda Roettger, 1st Grade Teacher at Crossroads Elementary
  • Michelle Sanders, Principal Secretary at Holt High School
  • Jenna Schaper, Instructional Assistant at Stone Creek Elementary
  • Carolyn Schwede, Principal Secretary at South Middle School
  • Nicole Shaw-Ensor, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Lakeview Elementary
  • David Straub, Assistant Principal at Heritage Intermediate
  • Vicki Strode, Music Teacher at Peine Ridge Elementary
  • Pamela Telle, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Heritage Intermediate
  • Brandy Thoroughman, Custodian at Holt High School
  • Erica Walker, 2nd Grade Teacher at Peine Ridge Elementary
  • Christopher Whitehead, Physical Education/Driver Education Teacher at Holt High School
  • Amanda Wood, Psychological Examiner at Liberty High School

30-YEAR EMPLOYEES

  • Melissa Cowan, 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Wentzville Middle School
  • Kathryn Pinkston, Alternative Program Teacher at Pearce Hall

RETIREES

  • Jenny Abernathy, Administrative Secretary at Administrative Center Annex, 24 years
  • Anthony Balistrieri, Educational Support Counselor at Wentzville Middle School, 28 years
  • Sherry Biernbaum, Kindergarten Teacher at Crossroads Elementary, 16 years
  • Rhonda Blattel, Administrative Secretary at Transportation Facility, 16 years
  • Laura Blechle, Physical Education Teacher at Peine Ridge Elementary, 21 years
  • Mary Bollinger, Instructional Assistant at Heritage Intermediate, 8 years
  • Deborah Boswell, Cafeteria Manager at Liberty High School, 16 years
  • Molana Brewer, Special Education Teacher at Holt High School, 19 years
  • Lisa Brunk, Business Teacher at Holt High School, 23 years
  • Jennifer Buford, Physical Education Teacher at Crossroads Elementary, 28 years
  • Dennis Bynum, Custodian at Wentzville Middle School, 5 years
  • Susan Campbell, Special Education Teacher at Timberland High School, 6 years
  • Patricia Chadduck, Special Education Teacher at South Middle School, 17 years
  • Brenda Chapman, Before/After School Care Facilitator at Wabash Elementary, 22 years
  • Karen Davis, Teacher of Hearing Impaired at Wentzville School District, 14 years
  • Judy DeLuccia, Principal Secretary at Wentzville Middle School, 9 years
  • Terry Dethrow, Cook at South Middle School, 16 years
  • Sharon Dolan, Kindergarten Teacher at Green Tree Elementary, 29 years
  • Sharon Downes, Kindergarten Teacher at Crossroads Elementary, 32 years
  • Shirley Elfrink, Cashier at Timberland High School, 20 years
  • Francine Esker, Administrative Secretary at Transportation Facility, 20 years
  • Kathy Flores, Custodian at Holt High School, 13 years
  • Marjorie Ganzer, Special Education Teacher at Lakeview Elementary, 15 years
  • Kim Gardner, Special Education Teacher at Wentzville Middle School, 16 years
  • Linda Gilmore-Harsy, 2nd Grade Teacher at Crossroads Elementary, 16 years
  • Michael Giunta, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility, 16 years
  • Dana Griesinger, Math Teacher at Timberland High School/South Middle School, 28 years
  • Jane Guffey, Paraprofessional at Holt High School, 24 years
  • Tammy Hamill, Paraprofessional at Frontier Middle School, 14 years
  • Janet Hansen, Cook at Frontier Middle School, 15 years
  • Carol Harvey, Director of Purchasing at Administrative Center, 18 years
  • Sheila Hasse, 2nd Grade Teacher at Prairie View Elementary, 16 years
  • Kathleen Hastie, Custodian at Wentzville Middle School, 15 years
  • Ralph Hecht, Maintenance Supervisor at Support Services, 15 years
  • Mary Heminghaus, Special Education Teacher at Holt High School, 18 years
  • Mary Holmes, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility, 13 years
  • Nicol Hopkins, School Counselor at Holt High School, 20 years
  • Stephen Kelly, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility, 12 years
  • Karen Kemp-Olges, 6th Grade English Teacher at Wabash Elementary, 24 years
  • Julie Kersten, School Support Interventionist at Journey Elementary, 25 years
  • Kimberly Kessler, 6th Grade Teacher at Crossroads Elementary, 12 years
  • Donald Kinkeade, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility, 6 years
  • Jeffrey Kleekamp, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility, 2 years
  • Carla Kunstel, Reading Interventionist at Lakeview Elementary, 25 years
  • Sue Lackey, Administrative Secretary at Wentzville Middle School, 20 years
  • Lainey Laine, Instructional Assistant at Lakeview Elementary, 4 years
  • Tonya Leonard, 3rd Grade Teacher at Peine Ridge Elementary, 32 years
  • Randy Leyen, Custodian at Pearce Hall, 10 years
  • Jeanne Longwell, Bus Aide at Transportation Facility, 6 years
  • Vito Lucido, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility, 15 years
  • Diana Mahoney, Art Teacher at Duello Elementary, 6 years
  • Vonna Mathis, Bus Aide at Transportation Facility, 5 years
  • Pamela Mayse, Principal Secretary at Green Tree Elementary, 16 years
  • Patricia McAlister, 3rd Grade Teacher at Prairie View Elementary, 20 years
  • Vicky McCue, Executive Assistant at WSD Administrative Center, 18 years
  • Donna McCutcheon, Instructional Assistant at Wentzville Middle School, 11 years
  • Kelly McDaniel, 1st Grade Teacher at Prairie View Elementary, 15 years
  • Tomi Meyer, 7th Grade Math Teacher at South Middle School, 23 years
  • Cheryl Miller, School Counselor at Peine Ridge Elementary, 21 years
  • Lynnette Miller, Computer / PLTW Teacher at Peine Ridge Elementary, 31 years
  • Mary Mills, Custodian at Holt High School, 13 years
  • Janet Mueller, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility, 26 years
  • Diane Nanney, 4th Grade Teacher at Journey Elementary, 16 years
  • Donna Neff, Head Cashier at Lakeview Elementary, 16 years
  • Michael Osborne, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility, 3 years
  • Susan Orborne, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility, 3 years
  • Patricia Pearson, Paraprofessional at Wentzville Middle School, 26 years
  • Joyce Pecoraro, Principal Secretary at Prairie View Elementary, 13 years
  • Tac Pham, Custodian at Prairie View Elementary, 25 years
  • Tina Phillips, Custodian at South Middle School, 24 years
  • Michele Powell, Library Assistant at Wentzville Middle School, 20 years
  • Stacy Rakestraw, Instructional Assistant at Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center, 18 years
  • Judy Ramatowski, Paraprofessional at Boone Trail Elementary, 12 years
  • Debra Raney, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility, 21 years
  • Sandra Reininger, Principal Secretary at Liberty High School, 23 years
  • Cathy Rodamaker, Bus Driver, Transportation Facility, 5 years
  • Victoria Ryan, Paraprofessional at Heritage Intermediate, 21 years
  • Judy Sager, Division Secretary at Stone Creek Elementary, 14 years
  • Richard Sanchez, Computer Teacher at Wentzville Middle School, 16 years
  • Luis Santos, Custodian at Wentzville Middle School, 8 years
  • Jacqueline Schoff, Library Assistant at Wabash Elementary, 14 years
  • Marilyn Singleton, Paraprofessional at Holt High School, 24 years
  • Linda Slinkerd, Paraprofessional at Crossroads Elementary, 24 years
  • Cathy Smith, Music Teacher at Holt High School, 23 years
  • Barbara Stepp, 5th Grade Teacher at Journey Elementary, 11 years
  • Michelle Strickland, Instructional Assistant at Heritage Intermediate, 17 years
  • Jeffrey Sullivan, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Heritage Intermediate, 22 years
  • Runa Swofford, Secretary - Clerk at Timberland High School, 34 years
  • David Talley, Custodian at Wentzville Middle School, 18 years
  • Pamela Telle, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Heritage Intermediate, 20 years
  • Connie Thompson, Administrative Secretary at Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center, 19 years
  • Titus Tubb, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility, 10 years
  • Kathy Twellman, Parents as Teachers Coordinator at Berrey-Place Center, 24 years
  • Mary Walch, Server at Boone Trail Elementary, 18 years
  • Linda Walter, Administrative Secretary at Holt High School, 23 years
  • Stephen Walters, Inventory Specialist at Administrative Center Annex, 11 years
  • Kathryn Warren, Nurse at Wentzville Middle School, 21 years
  • Mary Beth Wells, Reading Interventionist at Heritage Primary, 27 years
  • Clayvon Wesley, Instructional Assistant at Wentzville Middle School, 13 years
  • Linda Whitworth, Instructional Assistant at Crossroads Elementary, 15 years
  • David Wilson, Director of Transportation at Transportation Facility, 7 years
  • Christina Wilson-Smith, Music Teacher at Wentzville Middle School, 11 years
  • Jolene Wofford, Marketing Teacher at Holt High School, 23 years
  • Richard Zytniak, Bus Driver at Transportation Facility, 15 years

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