Kaci Lueking, a first grade teacher at Wabash Elementary School, has been selected as the Wentzville School District Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019. This year’s winner is presented by WSD marketing partner Central Methodist University. Candidates are judged on their ability to inspire and educate students of all
backgrounds and abilities, as well as their ability to lead and inspire their colleagues. “As I sat there listening to all the names (of the other WSD Teachers of the Year) being read, I felt so fortunate just to be sitting there with them,” Lueking shared following the announcement at the Board of Education meeting on December 20th.
Mrs. Lueking has worked for the Wentzville School District since 2015. “I enjoy every day I walk into Wabash because I don’t see this as a job, but as a passion, and I’m so lucky to work with people who feel the same way,” shared Lueking. “Wabash is an amazing elementary school with amazing leaders, and I would not be here today without the outstanding administrators, teachers, parents and students who make up the Wabash community.” Mrs. Lueking’s principal at Wabash, Mr. Matt Schulte, shared that Kaci is a model educator who is dedicated, passionate, caring, and focused on student growth who is also a leader in professional learning.
“The Wabash community is fortunate to have Kaci on our team and I can’t think of a better ambassador for the Wentzville School District,” said Schulte.
As the winner of the District Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Lueking is now eligible to compete at the regional and state level in the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, which is conducted annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year program.
During the District Teacher of the Year process, each school selected their Teacher of the Year, and those teachers then went through an application and interview process to be considered for District Teacher of the Year.
Holt High School – Justin Young
Liberty High School – Christopher Hysong (District TOY Finalist)
Timberland High School – Stacey Nielsen (District TOY Finalist)
Frontier Middle School – Douglas Leonard, South Middle School – Yvette Wiemann
Wentzville Middle School – Christopher Kyle
Boone Trail Elementary – Angela Garcia (District TOY Finalist)
Crossroads Elementary – Heather Gardner, Discovery Ridge Elementary – Becky Newsom
Duello Elementary – Jacqueline Swanson, Green Tree Elementary – Charlene Wagemann
Heritage Primary – Sally Schulte (District TOY Finalist)
Heritage Intermediate – Barbara Stepp (District TOY Finalist)
Lakeview Elementary – Jennifer Cook
Peine Ridge Elementary – Lisa Ryan, Prairie View Elementary – Emily Dubois
Stone Creek Elementary – Jennifer Thies (District TOY Finalist)
Wabash Elementary – Kaci Lueking (District Teacher of the Year)
Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center – Elizabeth Sandorf (District TOY Finalist)
Pearce Hall – Kathryn Smith
Mind Development Center – Ashley Capotosto (District TOY Finalist)