Bob Westerholt, the AP Psychology teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, received the September 2015 Excellence in Education Award at the Sept. 28 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Bob on this prestigious recognition!
This marks Bob’s 23rd year of service in the Ladue School District, time spent imparting knowledge and life lessons to our students. Bob began his career with the district in August 1992, as a seventh grade social studies teacher at Ladue Middle School. He taught at LMS for five years before moving to the high school, where this will be his 18th year.
The students and staff love Bob; he was elected by the senior class on several occasions to serve as the senior class reader at graduation. he is also the Senior Class Sponsor and has been an excellent mentor to Meg Kaupp, the current teacher of the year.
Bob also has the highest number of seniors enrolled in his AP Psychology course, and he produces some of the highest AP score averages in the building. Bob is also a leader in the integration of technology in the classroom and has served in numerous leadership roles supporting the iPad initiative and district strategic plan. And if you have a question, ask Bob; he’s a true intellectual and an authority on many topics.
As for personal characteristics, LHWHS Principal Brad Griffith describes bob as profession, calm and level-headed. Bob strives to prepare students for life after school, and many return to thank him for the impact he’s had on their lives. For Bob, teaching is about the relationships he builds with the kids.
Bob and his wife Jennifer Glon-Westerholt have been married for eight years and have three children: Max, 17, who is a senior at LHWHS; Jack, 15, who is a sophomore at LHWHS; and Jocelyn, 6, who attends Tillman Elementary in Kirkwood. Bob attended both St. Louis University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he majored in psychology and received his B.S. in Education. He then received his Master’s of Education in curriculum and instruction technology at UMSL.
Bob is a native of St. Louis, Missouri.