East Central College NEA Honors Inspiring Local Teachers

East Central College NEA Honors Inspiring Local Teachers

Educators have a profound effect on students in many capacities. The East Central College chapter of the National Education Association (NEA) is honoring those educators with the Inspirers of Excellence Award.

“This award is about teachers who are making an impact on a student’s life,” said ECC-NEA President Sue Henderson. “We want to celebrate their positive influence and dedication.”

Students were asked to nominate former teachers in March. This year, more than 30 recipients were selected!

2018 “Inspirers of Excellence” Award Winners:

  • First Sergeant Connell Anthony, Kershaw City School District
  • Justin Bellows, Pacific High School
  • Melissa Bestgen, Union High School
  • Shonda Boyer (retired), Sullivan High School
  • Christian Buenniger, Washington Middle School
  • Sherry Byram, Owensville High School
  • Jane Curtman-Schroeder, Union High School
  • Rachel Dake, Pacific High School
  • Patrick Dell, Hermann High School
  • Donald Dement, St. Clair High School
  • Brian Elder (retired), The Fulton School at St. Albans
  • Jessica Fitzgerald, Washington High School
  • Lauren Grover, Hermann High School
  • Todd Jones, Bourbon High School
  • Kristen Kloeppel, Dixon High School
  • Carolyn Kluesner, Four Rivers Career Center
  • Ashley Korn, Kingston High School
  • Christina Manolis, Washington High School
  • Ben Martin, St. Clair High School
  • Anna Maschmeyer, Sullivan High School
  • Kelsey McCroskey, New Haven High School
  • Danika Novak, Union High School
  • Ryan Novak, Dixon High School (formerly)
  • Jamie Opfer, Washington High School
  • Leslie Quint, Four Rivers Career Center
  • Jennifer Schwentker, Union High School
  • Kathy Smith, Sullivan High School
  • Ed Stahl , Washington High School
  • Anna Trautman, St. Clair High School
  • Kelly Wood, Washington High School


On May 2, teachers were invited to a ceremony at East Central College where they received a certificate acknowledging the achievement. The award corresponded with National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Appreciation Day.