Julianne Schankman, an early childhood music teacher at Ladue Early Childhood Center, received the January Excellence in Education Award at the Jan. 22, 2018, Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to Julianne on this prestigious recognition!
Julianne has worked for the Ladue School District since August of 2011, when she took a part-time position as the music teacher at the LECC.
It is without question that Julianne plays such an important role in the lives of all of the young students at the Ladue Early Childhood Center. As LECC Director Kerri Wetzel has said, “Julianne makes it a point to get to know each child’s name in our school, and her tender and warm approach invites them to learn acceptance and understanding of the world around them.”
Julianne works closely with all classroom teachers to meet the individual needs of students and will go to great lengths to learn new approaches to make music a meaningful opportunity.
Not only is Julianne a talented music teacher, but she brings her passion for character education, diversity and American Sign Language into her classroom and integrates them into the learning. “Julianne took the initiative to learn sign language, spending many hours of her own time mastering the language and working closely with the Deaf Hard of Hearing (DHH) teachers in order to better reach those young learners,” says LECC Director Kerri Wetzel. “Her total communication approach is the key to her ability to build a relationship with each student.”
Julianne is beloved by her students, and she receives daily praise from teachers and staff for being so accommodating, flexible and gracious with her time.
Julianne is originally from Hoffman Estates, Illinois. She and her husband, Peter, have been married for four years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Music Education, with a minor in English. She is B-3 Certified in Early Childhood Education.