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Friday, September 17, 2021 - 11:14am

BALLWIN — Fourth grade teacher Caroline Ayers was the same age as her current students, sitting in the same classroom at Henry Elementary School, when the intercom crackled the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, with unthinkable news.

Ayers said she can’t recall much else from that day, but she does remember the camaraderie of the class, their impromptu kickball games and feeling “safe and cared for” that year by her teacher, Tom Koerner.

It’s what she wants for her own students as she prepares the 9/11 anniversary lesson developed by Parkway School District administrators.

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 11:14am

A friend of mine left the teaching profession recently.

She didn’t retire. She didn’t win the lottery or get offered more money in another career field. She left because she was burned out. She was a young teacher — and a good one — but the field wasn’t working out for her. She’s not alone.

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 11:14am

James Young of the Ferguson-Florissant School District has won the 2022 Missouri Teacher of the Year award, the state education department said Tuesday.

Young teaches musical theater, vocal music and guitar at Johnson-Wabash Sixth Grade Center. He is the first teacher from the north St. Louis County school district to win the award, which is voted on by a committee of teachers and education leaders.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 12:48pm

ST. LOUIS — School bus driver Marshall Cohen navigates tight city streets each morning to pick up a dozen kids before dropping them off at Lift for Life Academy. Then Cohen heads to his day job — executive director of the charter school.

“He owns the school and he drives the bus!” said King Moore, 8, as he hopped aboard recently.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 12:48pm

ST. LOUIS COUNTY — After a year with a lot of virtual learning from home, students and teachers in the Mehlville School District are thrilled to take their studies outside.

A new elective physical education class at Mehlville and Oakville high schools introduces students to kayaking, fishing, hiking, archery, camping and rock climbing.

“If I could do this class all day, I would,” said sophomore Carlos Mueller, 15.

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