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In Kathy Reid's first-grade class at St. Ann School in Normandy, students don't just count the days they've been in school -- they sing about them.
Reid leads her students with a guitar on a sing-along, marking the 147th day in the classroom this year. It's that kind of fun, hands-on approach that Reid said she prefers to use with her students, and she's seeing the fruits of those efforts.
Reid is one of 11 teachers in the archdiocese who will be recognized in May as recipients of the Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Teacher Recognition Award. The awards, sponsored by the archdiocesan Catholic Education Center, will be presented at a ceremony Tuesday, May 6, at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury. Each recipient is being recognized for outstanding achievement and demonstration of several methods and techniques considered "best practices" in education.
Since the time she was a teenager helping at a camp for children with disabilities, Reid knew she wanted to go into education. She's taught for almost 25 years now, including almost a decade with Special School District and 15 years at St. Ann School.
With her background in special education, Reid said she's learned how to respond carefully to students' varied learning styles. Incorporating different learning models, she has individualized the learning experience for each of her 19 students.
Over the years, Reid said that her teaching style has evolved to accommodate newer technology, such as Smart Boards, and the evolution of the school's population. More often than not, students "learn from what they do, and (learn) what they sing," she said. "We do a lot of hands-on activities, especially with subjects like math."
Reid isn't afraid to let her classroom "get a little loud," as she explained. With her guitar accompaniment, students also sang a song about the month of April set to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," and another tune about the months of the year to the 1990s pop song "Macarena."
Singing and learning at the same time is "a great cross-brain activity," she said.
The best part of being a teacher, she said, "is not when they just make the connection (with the lesson) but when they make the connection on their own. You can see it all over their faces. This group is very celebratory -- when they get something, they're like, 'Yes!'"
Cardinal Raymond L. Burke 2014 Teacher Recognition Awards
Kate Black, St. Ambrose School, south St. Louis
Teresa Killian, St. Justin Martyr School, Sunset Hills
Melissa Liszewski, Sacred Heart School, Troy
Linda Morris, St. Gabriel the Archangel School, south St. Louis
Kathy Reid, St. Ann School, Normandy
Susan Rueter, Sacred Heart School, Valley Park
Nicole Wibbenmeyer, St. Vincent de Paul School, Perryville
Jennifer Young, St. Gerard Majella School, Kirkwood
Special Education Schools/Centers
Connie Holbrook, Annunziata School, Ladue
Beth Lappe, Trinity Catholic High School, St. Louis
Mary Okenfuss, Valle Catholic High School, Ste. Genevieve
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