The best term to describe Margaret Shockley, a fourth grade teacher at Old Bonhomme Elementary School, is a relationship specialist. Her people skills, as well as her experience and expertise in education, have earned Margaret the 2015 January Excellence in Education Award. Principal Cheryl Kirchgessner cited endless examples of why this honor was bestowed on the fourth-grade teacher. “Margaret is a wonderful example of the exceptional teaching staff in our district.”
Margaret has been building relationships since joining the Ladue School District in August 1999, whether it’s with her students, existing colleagues or welcoming new additions to the teaching staff. Cheryl says she does it with excitement and has availed herself to mentor young teachers who have thrived under her guidance.
As part of the Olweus Planning Team, she has led “class meetings” with staff members at Old Bonhomme to reflect on the implementation of this anti-bullying program and model the strategies. She’s also known for setting high expectations for herself and her students, so that everyone is a winner. She regularly reviews the achievement data of her students, then sets goals for herself and her students that are rigorous and developmentally appropriate, so that everyone is a winner. It’s not surprising that some of her former students keep in touch with her long after they have left Old Bonhomme Elementary School.
Margaret, a St. Louis native, has been married to David Shockley (a Ladue Schools alumni) for 35 years, and they have two adult children who are also Ladue alumnae.
Margaret earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Missouri at St. Louis.