Kaci Lueking, a first grade teacher at Wabash Elementary, has been selected as the Wentzville School District 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year.
Candidates are judged on their ability to inspire and educate students of all backgrounds and abilities, as well as their ability to lead and inspire their colleagues. “As I sat there listening to all the names [of the other WSD Teachers of the Year] being read, I felt so fortunate just to be sitting there with them,” Lueking said, following the announcement at the Board of Education meeting on Dec. 20.
Lueking has worked for the Wentzville School District since 2015.
“I enjoy every day I walk into Wabash because I don’t see this as a job, but as a passion, and I’m so lucky to work with people who feel the same way,” Lueking said. “Wabash is an amazing elementary school with amazing leaders, and I would not be here today without the outstanding administrators, teachers, parents and students who make up the Wabash community.”
Lueking’s principal at Wabash, Matt Schulte, said Lueking is a model educator who is dedicated, passionate, caring and focused on student growth and who is also a leader in professional learning.
“The Wabash community is fortunate to have Kaci on our team and I can’t think of a better ambassador for the Wentzville School District,” Schulte said.
Lueking is now eligible to compete at the regional and state level in the Missouri Teacher of the Year program, which is conducted annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year program.