Andrea “Andi” Swantner, a kindergarten teacher at Duello Elementary School, has been selected as the Wentzville School District Teacher of the Year for 2016-17.
Candidates are judged on the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues. Selection is also based on their ability to inspire and educate students of all backgrounds and abilities.
“I feel very honored to be recognized in a sea of amazing teachers and educators,” Swantner shared following the announcement. “I hope to continue to represent the Wentzville School District in a positive way.”
“Mrs. Swantner is an educational innovator,” said Duello Assistant Principal Dani Todd. “She is always pushing the norms to be creative and influential for her colleagues and our District. Andrea has touched students and teachers in ways that change us personally and professionally. She believes that her role does not begin or end in the classroom and she gives an extraordinary amount of her personal time to ensure that her students have exciting days at school, as well as the resources to help them succeed and develop into lifelong learners.”
As the winner of the District Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Swantner 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. The district’s building Teachers of the Year for 2016-17 are:
- Holt High School – Deborah George
- Liberty High School – Sandy Pizzo
- Timberland High School – Bill Petersmeyer
- Frontier Middle School – Matthew Gill
- South Middle School – Tasha Morris
- Wentzville Middle School – Laura Weisacosky
- Boone Trail Elementary – Katie Strokotter
- Crossroads Elementary – Amanda Roettger
- Discovery Ridge Elementary – Callee Barrett
- Duello Elementary – Andrea “Andi” Swantner
- Green Tree Elementary – Pam Winter
- Heritage Primary – Amanda Canty
- Heritage Intermediate – Tina Meyer
- Lakeview Elementary – Alexa Hanna
- Peine Ridge Elementary – Lara Hodnett
- Prairie View Elementary – Laurie Higgins
- Barfield Early Childhood Special Education Center – Tara Dunaway