WHS Teacher of the Year named
A Wheaton science teacher has been named the district's Teacher of the Year.
Holly Lacey, high school science teacher at the Wheaton R-3 District, was named Teacher of the Year at the annual faculty picnic at the end of the academic year in May.
Lacey has been a teacher for 13 years and is in her fifth year at the Wheaton District.
"I love the kids," she said. "I love knowing they walk out of here better, as prepared as they can possibly be. These students motivate me every day."
Lacey uses applications that appeal to her students to help motivate learning, such as setting scenarios using cell phones and texting to figure averages and graph them.
"I use silly examples and am willing to make myself look foolish if I can get them to remember something," Lacey said. "We also have lots of lab work, where they are exposed to new smells and sights. My students have a lot of hands-on learning."
The letter of nomination came from an anonymous staff member.
"It's incredibly flattering," Lacey said of the nomination. "Anyone on this faculty could get this award. I work with an incredible staff of people. This is very humbling.
"This is the third district I've worked with and this is the best faculty of them all," she continued. "It's a privilege to work with them."
Lacey said working in a small district, such as Wheaton, is a pleasure.
"The people really care about the students and that they're prepared," she said. "I think we have an edge over bigger districts because we have more one-on-one time with our kids and can help them more."
Lacey said she hadn't made the decision to enter the state Teacher of the Year competition, held in Jefferson City.
"I'll talk to Jason [Navarro] and see how many hoops I have to go through," she said.
Navarro is one of seven finalists for the Missouri Teacher of the Year award, which will be presented in October in Jefferson City.