The Sherwood Cass R-VIII School District has chosen AJ Stevens, Jennifer Barth and Liane Hager as the October teachers of the month. They were nominated by colleagues and recognized by their building principals at the November board of education meeting. Each honoree received a certificate and a ribbon for their classroom door and is eligible for teacher of the year honors in May.
Sherwood Elementary School honored Stevens as the October teacher of the month. Stevens teaches PE and coaches cross country and track and field. Stevens received his teaching degree from the University of Central Missouri. This is his first year of teaching.
When asked what he likes best about his job, Stevens shared, “It is seeing the students faces light up every day when they see me. I walk down the hallway and they want to give me hugs or high fives. It makes it really hard to have a bad day when you know they are counting on you and are excited to be here and ready to learn.”
Sherwood Middle School’s art teacher Barth, was chosen as their teacher of the month. Barth, a Sherwood alumnus, began her teaching career 15 years ago, with the last four years being at Sherwood. In addition to teaching, she also sponsors Art Club. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Missouri and her Master’s degree from Baker University.
When asked what she liked best about her job she said, “I am so fortunate because I get to do what I love. The fact that I get to come to school each day and teach drawing/painting techniques, sculpture, and/or art history to kids is a privilege.”
Her advice to students is to “Remember to laugh every day. Life is too short.” Barth’s response to what makes her a unique teacher was a unique answer; initially she gave a few qualities, then said: “actually it should be a secret!” If you want to know that answer, it looks like one will need to take her class.
Sherwood High School has chosen Hager as their teacher of the month. Hager teaches Family and Consumer Sciences. She has taught for four years and this is her second year at Sherwood. She earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising and her Master’s degree in teaching from the University of Central Missouri. Hager’s love of teaching students and watching them learn is what inspired her to become a teacher. She claims the best part of her job is “the students, getting to know them and seeing improvement in their abilities. My fellow teachers are great too.”
Her advice to her students would be to “always be informed, responsible, and respectful because you are accountable for yourself.”