Chesterfield Elementary welcomed some very distinguished visitors Dec. 19.
On Thursday afternoon, Chesterfield administrators, students and teachers had the chance to share their successes with state and national education officials.
Frank Brogan, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education for the U.S. Department of Education, and Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Margie Vandeven visited Chesterfield to learn more about the school’s methods of providing a high-quality education.
During the visit, Brogan and Vandeven gained insights into what makes Chesterfield a special school. They received a tour of the building, observed several classrooms and heard from fourth- and fifth-graders who are making a difference in the school community. Like many schools around Rockwood School District, Chesterfield is leading the way in education innovation.
“We are very honored to be recognized for all the hard work that we put in each and every day,” said Principal Dr. Meg Brooks. “I’m very proud of our staff and our student and parent community. A special visit from someone from the U.S. Department of Education and DESE really sheds a different perspective, and it acknowledges for us that the work that we’re doing is good work.”
“I take an enormous appreciation of the work people are doing in our schools, and Chesterfield Elementary is a perfect illustration of that,” said Brogan. “These children are happy. They’re demonstrating great success, and that’s because they come to a place every day that caters to their achievement and also embraces them very warmly.”