At this year's ROSE Awards, Mrs. Lauren Schoellhorn, social studies teacher at Eureka High, was named Rockwood School District's 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year.
"I've never wanted to be anything else other than a teacher. This is all I ever wanted to do," Schoellhorn said in her acceptance speech. "I've never been prouder to be a teacher, so thank you for this incredible honor."
Schoellhorn has taught history at Eureka since 2009. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her master's degree from Webster University.
Schoellhorn firmly believes that relationships are the key to success in any educational environment, whether that be teaching, coaching or mentoring.
"When it comes to the high school classroom, I have found that establishing an environment of trust and mutual respect can help guide even the most reluctant student toward successes they had not previously imagined possible," she shared.
Additionally, Schoellhorn sees her students for who they are and who they could be.
"I encourage them to find value in who they are, not just as students but as human beings," she said. "I strive to create an environment in which they know that they are worthy of grace and understanding, especially in the challenging years of high school - not to mention during a pandemic."
As the winner of the district Teacher of the Year, Schoellhorn is now eligible to participate 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.