James Young named 2022 Missouri Teacher of the Year



Young teaches music at the Johnson-Wabash Grade 6 Center in the Ferguson-Florissant School District

MISSOURI, USA – A local educator made his entry into the history books. His name is James Young and was named Missouri Teacher of the Year.

Young is a professor of musical theater, vocal music, and guitar at the Johnson-Wabash Grade 6 Center for Ferguson-Florissant Schools.

A big reason why a committee of peers and education partners across the state chose Young is because of the successful collaborative partnerships he has built, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said. Missouri. “He has worked with organizations like St. Louis Dancing Classrooms, St. Louis Classical Guitar, Strings Attached and LIFE Arts Inc. to help provide high quality arts education to his students and the school community.

A member of the board of directors of the local non-profit association Suzuki Harmony STL, Young also teaches group lessons there. In his spare time he serves as a youth leader in his local church. It is important for him to be a role model and to influence students beyond the walls of the classroom.

“As the nation and the world continues to grapple with a pandemic, we must make sure that we support students with the tools necessary to be healthy citizens while uplifting them to be problem solvers of the future, ”Young said. “We must rise to the challenge that lies ahead, answer the call to help create classrooms and communities where our students can learn and grow, with a sense of love, acceptance and belonging. “

Young has spent most of his 14-year teaching career in the Ferguson-Florissant neighborhood, which hosts him. Young served in the United States Army prior to teaching, where he joined the United States Army Choir on his tour of South Korea.

Young is the 53rd teacher to receive this award and the first from the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Darrion Cockrell, physical education teacher at Crestwood Elementary School, is Missouri’s current teacher of the year.

“Missouri is fortunate to have so many passionate and dedicated educators, and James is certainly one of those shining stars in our state,” Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven said. “James’s teaching style emphasizes the importance of developing both academic and life skills through arts education, and he strives to educate the whole student. “

Young will serve as Missouri’s representative in the National Teacher of the Year program. He will be honored at a recognition event, along with the others six finalists, semi-finalists, and Regional teachers of the year.

Congratulations to James Young MO Teacher of the Year 2022

James Young, professor of musical theater at the Johnson-Wabash 6th Grade Center, had a big surprise today when district administrators and current 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year Darrion Cockrell walked into his class. 5th hour. Congratulations to our own, Mr. James Young, 2022 Missouri Teacher of the Year! Read more âž¡: https://bit.ly/3C6Rshc #IAmFergFlor

posted by Ferguson-Florissant School District Tuesday, September 14, 2021


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