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University City Teacher of the Year & Educational Support Person of the Year

The School District of University City has named Corrie Woolley of Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Education Center as the 2012-2013 University City Teacher of the Year and Key Carter of Jackson Park Elementary School as the 2012-2013 University City Educational Support Person of the Year. 

Woolley has been an early childhood teacher in the School District of University City since 2006. Colleagues describe her as a strong leader, a skilled and dedicated educator, and a teacher who is committed to building relationships with her students and their families. 

“What I find most impressive about Ms. Woolley is her knowledge of early childhood pedagogy and her delivery of instruction,” said Crystal Cauley, director of Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Education Center. “This school year she has implemented writer’s workshop in her preschool classroom and the results are astonishing. Ms. Woolley’s room is full of emerging young writers who truly enjoy the experience of putting their ideas and experiences on paper.”

Woolley will represent the School District of University City in the Missouri Teacher of the Year competition. 

“I was honored enough to be nominated, but actually winning was shocking,” said Woolley. “I am so excited that I was chosen out of the nominees. There are so many great teachers in University City, and I know it was a difficult choice.  I am happy to represent our school district.”

Carter has been a custodian in the School District of University City since 2008 and has worked at Jackson Park, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Delmar-Harvard Elementary Schools. 

“I try to encourage the students to do the right thing, and they know I want them to be successful,” wrote Carter in his personal statement after being nominated for the award. “The students are aware of everything that takes place in the building, and I do my best to set a good example.”

Colleagues describe him as always having a positive attitude, going above and beyond the call of duty, and doing whatever is necessary to support students in the District.

“Mr. Carter is a friend to all he encounters and a role model for our children, parents, and fellow staff,” said Elliott Shostak, principal of Jackson Park Elementary School. “His strong work ethic is unmatched. He is always upbeat and has a kind word for others.”

Woolley and Carter were honored at the University City Board of Education meeting on April 19 and will be honored at the District’s annual Honorees and Retirees event on Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Education Center. The Honorees and Retirees event is free and open to the public. As 2012-2013 Teacher and Educational Support Person of the Year, Woolley and Carter will address staff at an opening day event in the fall. 

Click below to access videos presented during the Aug. 14, 2012 Opening Day Ceremony (Please note that it may take a minute or so to download depending on computer speed.): 
TOY12 Corrie Woolley
ESPOY12 Key Carter

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