Claire Belz, a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Ladue Early Childhood Center, received the December 2015 Excellence in Education Award at the Dec. 14 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Claire on this prestigious recognition!
This marks Claire’s 12th year with the Ladue School District. She began working here in 2004 as a BASK assistant, teaching assistant and substitute teacher at the LECC.
Claire is seen as a leader in the building, according to LECC Director Kerri Wetzel. Her colleagues take notice of the hands-on exploration going on in her classroom and frequently request the opportunity to observe her teach. “Claire has mastered the ability to facilitate, instruct and observe her students as they independently investigate and experiment through play,” Kerri said.
And Claire’s passion for teaching is evident through this play-based approach, and her individualized methods demonstrate her effort to meet the needs of every child in the classroom. She strives to inspire those young minds to develop unbounded imaginations and nurture creativity, Kerri said, and that is the reason why she is the perfect candidate for this award.
Claire is originally from St. Louis. She and her husband, Matt Belz, have been married for six years. The couple has one son, James, who is four years old and attends the LECC. Claire received her undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She then attended Webster University to earn her master’s degree in Reading from the School of Education.