Stacy Butz, Fourth-Grade teacher at Old Bonhomme Elementary School was presented with the May 2012 Excellence in Education Award at the August 27, 2012 Board Meeting. (Due to scheduling conflicts her award could not be presented in the Spring.
Stacy has been working in the Ladue School District since 1996, where she started teaching Fifth Grade at Old Bonhomme. Before coming to the Ladue School District, she taught two years of Fifth Grade at St. Anthony of Padua.
She and her husband, Tim – who is also an educator, have been married for 14 years and have two children who both attend Old Bonhomme Elementary School. Stacy was born in Chicago, but having moved here at the age of eight considers St. Louis, and particularly the Chesterfield area, home. As proof, she can answer the all-important St. Louis question of “where did you go to high school” with Ursuline Academy.
Stacy graduated from Quincy University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She received her Master of Education in Elementary Education degree in 1997 from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Principal of Old Bonhomme Elementary School Cheryl Kirchgessner describes Stacy as “a wonderful example of the exceptional teaching staff in our district.” She describes Stacy’s instructional skills as “exceptional” and her ability to motivate students as “beautiful to observe.”
Her continued pursuit of curriculum knowledge is evident in her pursuit of additional professional development and in the research-based pilot programs she uses in the classroom. She masterfully uses differentiation in her classroom, and student input is both sought and valued so her students are encourage to self-reflect on their learning and goals.
Stacy’s consistent collaboration with colleagues to design student learning opportunities is evident in her Professional Learning Community work as well as in her work with the other literacy leaders. Stacy is also a published writer, having recently written a children’s literature book called “ A Mother’s Gift.”
She is described by colleagues as a “wonderful professional and warm, caring individual who is a pleasure to work with and an inspiration for adults and children.”