Maplewood Richmond Heights (MRH) theater teacher, Holly Potthoff is grateful to work for a school district that appreciates drama – the good kind. “I am so fortunate that I teach in Maplewood Richmond Heights because I don’t think they’d ever cut theater funding. Thank heavens I teach in a district that values the arts,” she says.
AFFTON — Joyful shouts and laughter, the universal language of childhood, echo across the Affton High School pool on Saturday mornings when American teenagers teach dozens of refugee children how to swim.
The 12 volunteer coaches from Lutheran High School South, many from the school’s swim team, give weekly swimming lessons each winter to dozens of children ages 5 and older from seven African and East Asian countries.
WEBSTER GROVES — Parents in the Webster Groves School District are being asked to weigh in on a plan to add about 20 minutes to each school day in the next school year so that the district can try to end the year before Memorial Day.
Parents are being notified by email this week and Superintendent John Simpson said he's hoping to evaluate responses at the school board's Feb. 24 meeting, with the results incorporated into the final decision.
Darryl Diggs was speaking to students at an elementary school in St. Louis County when it struck him — the students would likely graduate from high school without ever having a black man for a teacher.
The racial disproportion between students and teachers in many St. Louis districts is a form of educational malpractice, said Diggs, 37, an assistant principal at Parkway South High School.
Not only do black students have few role models in education, but educators also can feel isolated and vulnerable without black mentors in their schools.