Ariel Dahlia is one of the Special Education teachers of the Winfield R-IV School District and has been since December of 2015. This is her first teaching position and absolutely loves her job. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, along with a minor in Autism Studies. She is a native of St. Louis and attended the Affton School District.
Mrs. Jill Calvin
Mrs. Calvin also taught at Troy Primary School from 1998-2003.
Jeanne Odgen received the grant for the Lincoln County R-II School District. She plans to share it with the other fifth grade teachers from Ida Cannon Middle School. Jeanne graduated from Missouri Baptist University in 2005, Megan graduated from Lindenwood University in 2015 and Becky graduated from Truman State University in 2013.
They plan to use the grant money for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. The STEM activities involve collaborative, reading, watching videos, making a plan, building houses, making a pipeline, creative a toy, spider webs, having a budget, persuasive writing and more.
Mrs. Cat Van Horn
Cat Van Horn and her family (Gary, husband; Austyn, daughter; Anderson, son) live in Silex. Cat is a Silex High School graduate and received her BA of Education at Lindenwood University and completed her Masters degree from William Woods. She taught for ten years in the Troy School District and is now "back home" teaching for her 11th year as a Silex Owl!
Her classroom grant will be used to support technology-based lessons in her kindergarten classroom. Since students are motivated by their innate abilities to research and engineer, the purchased technology devices will allow them to further their exploration and to answer questions to enhance their knowledge base.