Becky Braddock, an Occupational Therapist for the Special School District at Reed Elementary, received the February 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the Feb. 22 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Becky on this prestigious recognition!
Becky began working for the Ladue School District nearly 30 years ago and has been at Reed Elementary since her first day. When she started working there, Don Flanagan was the principal and Superintendent Donna Jahnke was the resource teacher! Becky has also worked in several Parkway schools, as well as in Normandy.
Becky is well-deserving for this award for her work both in and outside of the classroom. She has high expectations of her students, and is constantly pushing them to take their learning to the next level. Within her role as an occupational therapist, this equates to students becoming independent on specific tasks. In Becky’s class, achieving and trying your best are expectations.
Becky is highly respected by all who have the good fortune to work with her. Her impact on students extends beyond her own classroom, and her knowledge of effective teaching strategies, determination to meet students’ needs and belief that all students can achieve at high levels is evident in problem solving meetings. Becky’s peers seek out her expertise so they can better meet the needs of the students in their own classrooms.
As Reed Elementary Principal Chris Schreiner has said, “Despite all of Becky’s strengths, the one that may top them all is her desire, courage and ability to advocate for others.” She is quick to notify others when is a student is not meeting his or her potential, and she is not afraid to stand up to others if she feels a student’s needs are not being met. In addition, Becky also supports her colleagues in professional and personal matters. She anticipates when her colleagues need support, and she is the first to advocate for them.
Becky is a native of St. Louis and has been married for 28 years to her husband, Steve. The two met at a Schnucks grocery store in Maplewood and have been happily married since! Steve is the Park Superintendent for the City of Des Peres.
The couple had three boys: Their twins, John and Joseph, were born at 30 weeks with cerebral palsy. Joseph passed away in 2007 at the age of 16. John is now almost 25 and began working right after graduating from Maryville University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services. He’s now working at ParaQuad as an Independent Living Specialist. Their youngest son, Jacob, is 18 and a freshman at the University of Missouri, Columbia, in the Engineering Program.
Becky received her Bachelor of Science degree from Washington University in 1981. She then went on to earn her Master of Arts in Education from Lindenwood University in 2003.