Betsy Lindner, preschool teacher at the Ladue Early Childhood Center (LECC), received the December 2012 Excellence in Education Award at the December 10, 2012 Board of Education meeting. Betsy has been working in the Ladue School District since 2001 when she joined the district to teach a three-day a week, three-year-old class at the Ladue Early Childhood Center. At the same time, Betsy also worked with the district as a Parent Educator for the Parents as Teachers program.
Betsy has been at the LECC ever since, and now teaches a 5-day preschool class. She and her husband, Eddie, have been married for 39 years. They have two daughters – Anne and Maggie, who have married, adding two sons-in-law to the family, and the family continues to grow with Betsy’s first grand-daughter expected on April 1, 2013.
Betsy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri, and a Masters of Science and Certification in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Maryville University.
Betsy is described by the LECC’s Director, Dr. Dawn Hogan-Lopez, as “hard-working and organized, with a model classroom at all times.” Betsy is genuinely child-centered and passionate about early childhood education.
She has served for years on the LECC’s curriculum committee, as well as being a regular on the LECC’s interview team. Dr. Hogan-Lopez says Betsy is naturally a very nurturing spirit with children and adults alike, and is often the veteran teacher new teachers go to for advice, ideas and reassurance.
As an education professional, Betsy is held in exceptionally high regard and is looked to as a leader by the entire LECC staff. Dr. Hogan-Lopez adds as a personal note that her favorite thing about Betsy is her contagious laugh and how Betsy