The Sherwood Cass RVIII School District has chosen the high school, middle school and elementary teachers of the month for October:
They are Victoria Jones, high school, Amanda Sidfrid, middle school, and Marta Stoneking, elementary. They were nominated by colleagues and recognized by their building principal at the October Board of Education meeting. They received a certificate and a ribbon for their classroom door and are eligible for Teacher of the Year honors in May.
Sherwood High School chose Jones as their October teacher of the month. Jones has taught science and biology for two years with this being her first year at Sherwood. She earned her bachelor of science in education from Youngstown State University and is in the process of completing her masters in educational technology at the University of Central Missouri.
“I love helping people learn new things,” Jones said. “I feel like I have a purpose.”
Sherwood Middle School chose Sidfrid as this month’s teacher of the month. Sidfrid has been teaching for six years with this being her second year at Sherwood. She teaches eighth grade math and pre-algebra and seventh grade social studies. Sidfried is the eighth grade sponsor of the math team, middle school head volleyball coach, and co-STEM Club sponsor.
Sidfrid received her master of arts in teaching from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg.
“As a teacher and an adult one thing can be universally agreed upon is that there are no such things as ‘cookie cutter’ students,” Sifrid said. “Students have different backgrounds, routines, concerns and needs. The support, guidance and love that students need to go on and be productive members of society has a vast range of appearances...I am sure that while many teachers would agree that while a high salary wouldn’t be argued, the rewarding experience we get when building these relationships outweighs any amount of money by far.”
Sherwood Elementary School chose Stoneking as their October teacher of the month. Stoneking is a Sherwood alumnus. She received her bachelor of science early childhood education from University of Central Missouri and her master’s degree in elementary administration from William Woods University.
Stoneking has taught for 11 years, all of them at Sherwood.
“I became a teacher because I love working with children,” Stoneking said. “Every day is different because the students have something new and exciting to share.”
“Sherwood has always been my home, so I couldn’t think of any place I’d rather teach,” Stoneking added. “I love working alongside the teachers who taught me when I was a student.”