Former Ladue Schools teacher Jo Anne Smiley, now mayor of Clarksville, Missouri, has been awarded the nation’s highest honor for volunteer service, the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
She was recognized for her achievement of contributing more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service during her lifetime.
“To our knowledge, she is one of less than five people from Missouri that have received the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Kathleen Flemming of Forward Focus, a St. Louis firm that certifies prospective candidates for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Jo Anne Smiley was first elected to the position in 2005. She was re-elected in 2013.
Jo Anne grew up in southeast Missouri, where she cultivated a love of music from a young age. She spent 30 years teaching choral music in the Ladue School District. Check out her biography here!