Hank Kauffman taught math for 52 years in the very same high school, starting in 1961. He's been awarded an outstanding teaching award from the University of Chicago and is in the Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Hank's impact is best revealed by the fact that there were more interruptions in his classes than any other. A few short breaks at unannounced times in nearly every class session; when you're an incredible educator and even better friend, there's bound to be interruptions from former students, coming back just to say "Hey Hank," to their favorite teacher. They don't mean to interrupt; they just wanted to say "hi" to their friend, see that smile of his and hear his caring voice. One former student changed careers to become a math teacher himself at age 50. He got a teaching job in an inner-city Chicago high school, but when he struggled with the lessons, he reached out to Hank, who walked him through the math and the best ways to teach it. For weeks on end, he would help this former student. Just as he had done so many years in the classroom, Hank wasn't just teaching math, he was instilling confidence.
Why Hank roots for the Cardinals: "I am a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals because I live in St. Louis and because my friends and family have been huge Cardinals fans all of my life!"
Dee Ann Moran has been a teacher for 22 years for Moore public schools. She taught kindergarten for 12 years and has been teaching second graders for the past 10 years. This spirited Cardinals fan lives her life according to the quote, "Whatever you are, be a good one!" And she is a good one! Dee Ann is determined to provide her students with innovative, engaging and creative activities, all of which cost money that's not in the budget. She still manages to find those resources. More than 50 of her projects have been funded through DonorsChoose.org (totaling $30,000). She has also received two grants from AdoptAClassroom, nine grants from the Moore Public Schools Foundation and $2,500 from Farmers ThankaMillionTeachers program. Barring that, she never hesitates to dip into her own wallet to give her students the education she feels they deserve. This four-time Teacher of the Year recipient protected her students when a devastating tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., in 2013, and then went about helping raise money for two schools that were destroyed in that disaster. She loves going to school every day and always says she is blessed to have a job that doesn't feel like a job.
Why Dee Ann roots for the Cardinals: "I am a Cardinals fan because my aunt and uncle moved to St. Louis, and whenever we visited we would go to a ballgame. Great memories!"
Last year was big for St. Louis Cardinals fan Sam Skibbe. He was named 2013 Teacher of the Year at Craig Elementary, then Parkway's Elementary Teacher of the Year and finally Parkway District Teacher of the Year! That's practically a career's worth of accomplishments for this third-year vocal music educator. But accolades like these do not come without a lot of hard work. Sam spends a significant amount of outside time developing music programming, including a school choir, rehearsing and performing an annual school musical and serving as faculty sponsor of the school's chess club. His energy, enthusiasm and passion have inspired students to be the very best they can be while still allowing them to have fun with music. Sam is a talented motivator whose work ethic and willingness to always go the extra mile for his students separates him from the rest of the pack.
Why Sam roots for the Cardinals: "There is something so romantic and magical about a baseball game, especially at Busch. I remember going to Cards games with my family, and one game when I was younger my mother taught me how to keep score, which is a tradition I have continued for each and every Cardinals game I have attended."
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