Angela Haywood Gaskin, a Spanish teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School received the October 2012 Excellence in Education Award at the October 22, 2012 Board of Education meeting. Angela has taught Spanish at the high school since she came to the district in 2006 and considers both Memphis and St. Louis her hometowns.
She and her husband, John, have been married for 27 years and have three children. Her daughter Christina is a senior at the University of Missouri in St. Louis (UMSL), her son John is a sophomore at Benedictine College, and her son Jay is a freshman at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.
Angela has earned a Bachelors of Political Science degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia and a Masters in Education Administration from UMSL. She is currently working toward her doctorate degree.
Angela gives students at the high school a firm foundation in the Spanish language through teaching Spanish I and II. While that is her formal “full time” job, it is just the beginning of what Angela does for the students at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.
On most days, Angela continues her work with students well after the final bell rings through a variety of clubs and activities. She sponsors LAASA, the Ladue African American Student Association, whose mission is to provide venues for African American students to excel academically, celebrate heritage and culture and develop leadership skills.
In addition, Angela spearheaded efforts to receive a Ladue Education Foundation grant for Cycle of Success, an umbrella organization for efforts to promote academic success and positive role modeling among our African American students. The Cycle of Success grant supports groups facilitated by Angela such as Girl Talk, Young Men with Voices, and RISE, a peer mentoring program.
Angela also oversees a successful after-school study program with regular attendance of 20-40 students. And, because she is so well respected by her colleagues, Angela is also successful in getting them to also stay after school and provide homework help and tutoring for these study sessions.
Finally, Angela also helps coordinate the ACT prep class with the College Advisers during Academic Lab.