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September 27, 2016


ECC Teacher Olivia Strazewski Named 2016-17 MRH District Teacher of the Year

Superintendent Karen I. Hall, Olivia Strazewski, and ECC Principal Cyndi Hebenstreit  The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District recognizes teachers each year who go above and beyond - both in their classroom, and within the community. This year, Early Childhood Center (ECC) Kindergarten/1st Grade Looping Teacher Olivia Strazewski is the 2016-2017 MRH District Teacher of the Year and Early Childhood Center Teacher of the Year.

Strazewski, along with her colleagues, who also received recognition at their respective school levels, will be honored at the District’s annual employee appreciation event held in the spring.

The MRH District Teacher of the Year award recognizes a teacher who demonstrates excellence and commitment to teaching. The awardee is honored for his or her passion and commitment to the teaching profession; success of the individual’s classroom teaching approach; professional growth and development; innovation and creativity in the classroom; and knowledge of current teaching techniques and educational issues.

Strazewski has been with MRH Early Childhood Center for the past six years and is currently a looping kindergarten/1st grade teacher. Prior to MRH she taught at the North Side Community Charter School and the Eben Ezer Primary School of Gobila in West Africa. She has also done extensive volunteer work in Honduras and locally with the ECC Running Club, Mosaic Services, and Go St. Louis Read, Right, & Run program.

In addition to Strazewski, MRH is also honoring a teacher from each of its other three schools:

  • Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Sally Saldana, art teacher     
  • Middle School Teacher of the Year: Whitney Strubhar, communication arts/expedition leader
  • High School Teacher of the Year: Ryan Rzeszutko, mathematics teacher

“These teachers exemplify the very best of MRH and they continually inspire our students with their passion and dedication to excellence,” said MRH Superintendent Karen I. Hall. “They, along with every MRH staff member, are committed to the success of all our students and instilling in them the four cornerstones of MRH - leadership, scholarship, stewardship, and citizenship.”

The selection process began at the school level, where building administrators nominate a “School Teacher of the Year.”  These four nominations are then reviewed at the district level with one being awarded “District Teacher of the Year.”

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.