Shelly Farinella, counselor at Fern Ridge High, and Jason Lievanos, sixth-grade world geography teacher at West Middle, were surprised with Peabody Energy Leaders in Education awards.
The Leaders in Education program rewards dedicated and compassionate educational professionals with awards and recognition at an annual dinner reception. Award recipients are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders and each earn a $1,000 award.
This year marks Farinella’s 21st year in Parkway. Before becoming a school counselor, she worked as a police officer for St. Louis County and the city of Chesterfield for approximately 10 years. During this time, she taught the D.A.R.E. program in several Parkway elementary schools, and soon discovered her love of the classroom and working with students. She also was the first police resource officer in Parkway.
Now in his eighth year of teaching, Lievanos works with students to guide and support them as they learn, whether it is in the classroom, on the field or in the hallway. His goal is to help students attain academic achievement through strong relationships, routines and rules within the classroom. Lievanos was named Parkway’s Middle School Teacher of the Year and the District Teacher of the Year for the 2013-14 school year. Farinella was named the Parkway High School Teacher of the Year for the 2013-14 school year.