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Courtney Szymke Named LPS Teacher of the Year

It was an exciting afternoon at Warren Hills Elementary on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 as students packed the gymnasium for an all-school assembly as it was announced that kindergarten teacher Courtney Szymke had been chosen the 2017-2018 Liberty Public Schools Teacher of the Year!

 

Mrs. Szymke becomes not only the first teacher from Warren Hills Elementary selected for this honor, but also the first kindergarten teacher district-wide to be selected as the LPS Teacher of the Year.

 

Mrs. Szymke has been a kindergarten teacher at Warren Hills since 2013.  She also taught kindergarten at Alexander Doniphan Elementary from 2005–2012 before moving to Iowa briefly, teaching for a year.

 

“Mrs. Szymke touches the lives of every single child,” says Steve Lumetta, principal at Warren Hills Elementary.  “She finds amazing ways to connect with her students, and she seeks out every opportunity for them to have ownership in their learning growth.  Students’ experiences cause them to express creativity and apply critical thinking skills, and they are constantly exposed to opportunities that allow them to understand and appreciate the world around them.  Mrs. Szymke not only inspires her kids to be better students, she equips them to be amazing people.  We couldn’t be prouder to have Mrs. Szymke represent Warren Hills Elementary and Liberty Public Schools as the District Teacher of the Year!” 

 

A graduate of Texas Christian University in 2005, Szymke holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Masters of Education.

 

This is the 13th year of the Teacher of the Year program at LPS.  A list of previous recipients is provided below.   Ms. Szymke will now compete for Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year honors, to be announced later this fall.

 

 

2016-2017       Staci Lester                  South Valley Middle School     

2015-2016       Brett Kisker                  Liberty North High School

2014-2015       Pat Jones                     Franklin Elementary

2013-2014       Michaela Baker             Lewis and Clark Elementary

2012-2013       Charissa Craft               Ridgeview Elementary

2011-2012       Melissa Taylor               Liberty Middle School

2010-2011       Michelle Kernell            Lewis and Clark Elementary

2009-2010       Sally James                  Liberty Jr. High School

2008-2009       Michelle Davis              Liberty Middle School

2007-2008       Eric Langhorst              South Valley Jr. High School

2006-2007       Sara Langford               Liberty Academy

2005-2006       Cassie Price-Aguero     Liberty High School