Michelle Schmitt, librarian at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, was presented with the January 2012 Excellence in Education Award at the January 23, 2012 Board of Education meeting.
Ladue Horton Watkins High School Principal Dr. Bridget Hermann describes Michelle as a highly valued member of the Ladue Horton Watkins’ family who has worked very hard to make the library a center of activity, as opposed to simply a quiet place to study and read.
According to Dr. Hermann, “Michelle believes that a library should also be a space to build community and explore the force of ideas. During her time in the district she has worked to make the physical space more inviting and to ensure the high school’s collection is up-to-date and meeting the great variety of needs of our students. Perhaps not surprisingly, Michelle is an avid reader and generously shares her knowledge of books with both teachers and students.”
Beyond her contributions inside the library, Michelle understands the importance of “life” events and, as Prom Sponsor works hard to make prom a special event for students.
Michelle’s professional life also goes beyond the walls of the library. She works with teachers to help meet their curricular needs and also serves on many school committees regarding the general operations of the school and the planning and development of creating effective programming for the future. “Michelle doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk,” according to Dr. Hermann, “using every way she can find to make the high school better and to instill a love of reading and a passion for learning in the students and staff at the high school.”
Michelle has been the librarian at the high school since 2005 and is the mother of two girls, Lanie and Jordan. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from North East Missouri State which (now known as Truman State) and received her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.