Independence Teacher Rachael Wilcox Selected as a Teacher of the Year Semifinalist

Posted on 08/19/2019
Rachael Wilcox Selected as a Teacher of the Year Semifinalist

For the second consecutive year, a Francis Howell School District educator has been selected as a Missouri Teacher of the Year semifinalist by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Rachael Wilcox, a first-grade teacher at Independence Elementary School, was selected as one of seventeen honorees from across the state who are eligible for consideration as the Missouri Teacher of the Year. Wilcox was named the 2019 Francis Howell School District Teacher of the Year and was honored by DESE in July as a Regional Teacher of the Year.

Wilcox has worked for the District since 2004 and has taught at Independence for the past 11 years. She strives to inspire students both personally and academically and believes her most important contribution is building relationships with her students. Independence Principal Emily Pavia knows the effect that Wilcox has on her students, as well as the culture and climate of the entire school. “Rachael is one of the most selfless, caring people I have ever met. She truly embraces the whole child and ignites others with her passion. Her positive impact is felt by students, staff, and parents. She works tirelessly to build relationships with everyone!”

The DESE Teacher of the Year program spotlights the positive impact teachers have on their students. The list of semifinalists includes teachers of elementary grades and traditional middle and high school subjects, as well as instructors of foreign languages and career and technical education opportunities. The selection process began with the announcement of 35 Regional Teachers of the Year who were acknowledged for their commitment to Missouri students. The next step will be the unveiling of the finalists for the award on Monday, Aug. 26.
The current Missouri Teacher of the Year is Shelly Parks, an English Language Arts teacher at Francis Howell North High School.

View the full list of Missouri Teacher of the Year semifinalists on DESE’s website.

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