Sherwood chose Melody Siebenekc, Christy Gurney and Jesse Richardson as the February teachers of the month. They were nominated by colleagues and recognized by their building principals at the March 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 Siebeneck as the February teacher of the month. Siebeneck teaches first grade. She received her bachelor’s of science in early childhood education from Missouri State University and a masters in elementary administration from William Woods University. This is her 12th year teaching.
“Though it’s challenging as well as rewarding, the thing I like most about teaching first grade is that no two classes are ever alike, let alone any two consecutive days,” Siebeneck said. “Each school year brings in a group of eager and curious learners and I look forward to figuring out personalities, quirks, and abilities. I also sincerely enjoy the teachers and staff that I’m surrounded with day after day. It is great to work with people who make our students a priority.”
Sherwood Middle School’s sixth grade science teacher Gurney was chosen as this month’s teacher of the month. Gurney, a Sherwood alumnus, began her teaching career 19 years ago, with this being her 16th year at Sherwood. In addition to teaching, she also sponsors high school cheerleading. She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Central Missouri.
Gurney chose to teach at Sherwood because of the size and location.
“I wanted to give back to the community that I was once a part of that helped shape my path to become a teacher,” she said. “It is great to see how much our school has changed and is changing to meet the needs of our students to be successful in today’s society.”
Sherwood High School has chosen Richardson as their February teacher of the month. Richardson teaches social studies. He has taught for two years, both at Sherwood. In addition to teaching, he is the head girls’ basketball coach, assistant football coach and student council representative. Richardson obtained a bachelor’s of art in social studies from Avila University.
“Teachers at Midway, where I attended high school, played a huge role in my life,” Richardson said. “In particular, my high school social studies teacher Mr. Smalley. He not only made learning fun but changed me as a young adult and that’s how I want to be remembered.”