Wentzville Middle School (WMS) social studies teacher Jerry Cannon has won a $500 Tools for Teachers Award sponsored by Weber Chevrolet. Since 2015, KPLR 11 and Weber Chevrolet have teamed up to tell the local stories of teachers making a difference in the lives of young people all over the St. Louis Metropolitan area. According to the KPLR website, they receive over 100 nominations monthly.
Cannon was chosen as the May 2018 winner of the award following a nomination by WMS parent Kelly Rowan. In her nomination, Rowan shared “Mr. Cannon plans things that are meaningful to kids and reaches them on their level and teaches those things that cannot be learned in a textbook or an electronic device, like kindness, compassion, friendship, and caring for others.”
Cannon will use some of the award to purchase Civil War-era replica dresses and uniforms to use in his eighth grade class’ capstone project, a multimedia project that includes battle reenactments, script writing, video creation, and a Civil War Ball as a way to bring history to life. He plans to use the remainder of the award on items for two new classes he will teach next year, History of Music, and History of Cinema.