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    • It’s time for the 2024 HMC-1 Employee Recognitions! We are now accepting nominations for your school-based Teacher of the Year and Support Person of the Year, as well as HMC-1 Leader of the Year.

      Claudette Scott District Teacher of the Year

      The Teacher of the Year will recognize one educator from each school building who structured their classrooms knowing that every student can grow every day, no matter what. Teacher quality and effectiveness are among the most important school-based factors impacting student learning. Teachers create a learning environment where children flourish and grow.

      To nominate someone for the Claudette Scott District Teacher of the Year, use this Google form. Nominations are due by Friday, March 1, 2024. Once nominations are received, we will email selected teachers with an invitation to apply for the Claudette Scott District Teacher of the Year, along with information about the Employee Recognition Celebration. 

      Criteria includes:

      • Each teacher nominated must hold a valid Missouri Teaching Certificate and be employed full-time in HMC-1.
      • Will be returning to the HMC-1 District next school year.
      • Must not have been placed on a performance plan within the last school year.
      • Has not been named Building Teacher of the Year or Claudette Scott District Teacher of the Year in the past two years.
      • Be a full-time, returning teacher who regularly leads classes.
      • Understands the concepts, structures, and tools of inquiry of the discipline(s) he/she teaches.
      • Understands how students learn, develop, and differ in their approaches to learning.
      • Provides learning opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
      • Supports the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
      • Recognizes the importance of long-range planning and curriculum development.
      • Develops, implements, and evaluates curriculum based upon standards and student needs.
      • Exemplifies the use of culturally responsive teaching methods.
      • Uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
      • Creates a learning environment that encourages active engagement, social interaction, and motivation.
      • Models effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques with students and parents.
      • Understands and uses formative and summative assessment strategies to assess each learner's progress, plan instruction, monitor performance, and devise instruction to enable students to grow and develop.
      • Is a reflective practitioner who continually assesses the effects of choices and actions on others.
      • Actively seeks opportunities to grow professionally in order to improve learning for all students.
      • Engages in a variety of leadership roles.
      • Has excellent communication skills.
      • Has effective working relationships with students, parents, school colleagues, and community members.
      • Articulates state and national educational issues.

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      Millie Harness Support Person of the Year

      The Support Person of the Year will recognize one building-level staff member who supports the ongoing mission of HMC-1 to maximize academic success and foster civic engagement. Through their support – whether it’s answering phones, keeping the building clean, providing emotional support, or other key programs and services – our students can thrive.

      To nominate someone for the Millie Harness Support Person of the Year, use this Google form. Nominations are due by Friday, March 1, 2024. Once nominations are received, we will email selected support personnel with congratulations and with information about the Employee Recognition Celebration. 

      Criteria includes:

      • Nominees must have completed a minimum of three years employment within the district.
      • Nominees must not have been placed on a performance plan within the last year.
      • Nominees must have 90% or better attendance.
      • Full-time employee of the district
      • The nominee demonstrates an unwavering commitment to students' overall well-being, actively contributing to creating a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment within the school district.
      • The nominee collaborates effectively with colleagues, fostering a sense of teamwork.
      • The nominee exhibits outstanding problem-solving skills.
      • The nominee's efforts have resulted in a positive impact on the overall success of the school district.
      • The nominee possesses strong communication skills.
      • The nominee demonstrates adaptability and resilience in the face of challenges.

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      HMC-1 Leader of the Year

      For the second year, HMC-1 is honoring a district Leader of the Year. This award is designed to recognize an outstanding leader within the organization, whether principal, vice principal, instructional coach, director, assistant director, etc. You are invited to nominate a leader who demonstrates abilities in managing their department or school, evoking high standards and commitment to excellence, and has a track record of exceptional work. Please nominate your Leader of the Year by Friday, March 8, 2024, by completing this Google Form. Once nominations are received, the Selection Committee will review nominations to select this year’s honoree.

      Criteria includes:

      • HMC Leader of the Year was designed to recognize an outstanding leader within an organization – principal, vice principal, instructional coach, director, assistant director, manager, etc.
      • Executive Leadership, Executive Director, and others cannot be considered for the Leader of the Year recognition.
      • Will be returning to the HMC-1 District next school year.
      • Actively seeks opportunities to develop professionally to improve learning for all students.
      • Engages in a variety of leadership roles.
      • Has excellent communication skills.
      • Has effective working relationships with students, parents, school colleagues, and community members.
      • Nominees must have completed at least three years of employment within the district.
      • Nominees must not have been placed on a performance plan within the last year.
      • Nominees must have 90% or better attendance.