The winner of the St. Joseph School District Teacher of the Year award will be announced April 14 at Missouri Western State University.
Finalists and other educators will be honored at the SJSD Foundation Teachers and Staff Tribute Banquet.
Last year’s recipient of the award was Colin Pettegrew, a math teacher at Robidoux Middle School. Pettegrew said every teacher has the opportunity to complete an application and share the special things happening in their classroom.
“Some of the things they talk about in the application are why they become a teacher, some of the issues that are important to them as a teacher, involvement in the community,” he said. “But the best part of the app is that they can share some of the amazing things that happen every day with their students.”
Pettegrew, who is now part of the award’s selection committee, said local nominees are nominated by others throughout their school district, such as students, parents, coworkers, and building and district leaders. .
“Most people are surprised when they’re nominated, including myself when I won,” Pettegrew said. “But there are great teachers throughout this district and we are happy to celebrate them.”
More than 30 teacher candidates were nominated for this year’s award. From there, the selection committee meets to choose the three finalists.
The three finalists selected this year are Denise Peters, second-grade teacher at Skaith Elementary; Kaleb Johnson, fifth grade teacher at Hyde Elementary; and Kellie Shelley, English teacher for speakers of other languages for all levels at Edison Elementary.
Pettegrew said he enjoys reading about the contestants and their classrooms as a member of the selection committee.
“I really enjoy reading about all the great things happening in our classrooms across the district,” he said. “That’s my favorite thing about being on the committee.”