Fort Zumwalt honors educator, employee

Kelsie Ballmann, special education teacher at Rock Creek Elementary, was named Fort Zumwalt School District Educator of the Year. Tony Perotti, facilities Maintenance II at East High School, was also named Fort Zumwalt School District Employee of the Year. Both were nominated and selected by peers. Ballmann previously graduated from West High in 2008 and was one of the first recipients of the Fort Zumwalt Education Foundation’s Grow Your Own Teacher award. She is in her seventh year as a teacher. “From day one, Kelsie has spent countless hours researching the general education curriculum for every grade level and then ...

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Local police detective honored

Det. Russ McDermott of the O’Fallon Police Department recently received a Champion for Children award from The Child Center, Inc. The award recognizes the efforts of individuals who have made exceptional contributions in promoting the health and well-being of children and families.

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Bilingual students awarded for mastery

During an awards ceremony at Francis Howell Central, more than 70 high school students from the Francis Howell School District were presented with the Missouri “Seal of Biliteracy” recognizing proficiency in two languages and sociocultural awareness.

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