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Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis will recognize five area educators as recipients of CSD Scholarship awards the evening February 12, 2013, at the St. Charles Convention Center (site of CSD’s Best Practices Conference and Midwest Education Technology Conference). Congratulations to those selected!

The CSD scholarships are given on an annual basis to assist highly deserving teachers with the opportunity to continue their professional development

Hancock Place High School’s Amie Branch, a biology, anatomy, and physiology teacher, received the Gary K. Wright Scholarship. Amie has been teaching for six years; this year in the Hancock Place School District, she switched disciplines and would like further professional development in science, her current subject, as the pace and style of a science classroom is different than that of an English classroom. She is looking forward to using her scholarship to received professional development from various St. Louis area resources.

An Instructional Coach at Monroe Elementary School, Liz Drury received the Gerald D. Troester Scholarship. Liz plans to use her scholarship money to attend the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project Institute. She feels that as an Instructional Coach, attending this institute will allow her to ensure that staff development at Monroe Elementary in the St. Charles School District is supportive of teachers while also providing individualized instruction based on what students can do and are ready to learn.

Bayless Middle School’s Mary Forst, an English Language Learners teacher, received the Robert D. Elsea Scholarship. According to Bayless School District Superintendent Ronald Tucker, she played a significant role in helping the middle school become recognized as a Missouri State and National School of Character. Mary plans to use her scholarship money on professional development to help her ELL students transition to Common Core State Standards.

Wentzville School District’s Amanda Gift, who works as a Literacy Coach in the Harris Building, received the CSD Insurance Trust Scholarship. Like all of the honored educators, she is looking ahead to the Common Core State Standards transition and what that means for her students. She plans to attend the Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project Institute.

Harvest Ridge Elementary’s Stacey Kastner received the John Oldani Scholarship; she is the Francis Howell School District lead teacher for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). With her scholarship, she plans to attend a WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium) Academy as well as receive professional development in grant writing to help meet student technology needs.