Jeff Junior math teacher honored with Horace Mann Award

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher shakes the hand of Jefferson Junior High Math Teach Kathy Steinhoff, whom the Board of Education recognized for receiving the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.


A Jefferson Junior High math teacher is headed for Washington this winter after being selected to receive the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.

The Columbia Board of Education recognized Kathy Steinhoff at its meeting Monday. Steinhoff was one of five teachers chosen by the National Education Association Foundation to receive the award.

Each year, every NEA state, federal and direct affiliate can nominate an educator it believes has done an outstanding job, said Wanda Brown, an assistant superintendent for secondary education for Columbia Public Schools.

As a recipient of the award, Steinhoff will receive $10,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., for a gala on Feb. 11, 2011, Brown told the board. At the gala, one of the recipients will also receive the NEA Member’s Benefit Award for Teaching Excellence, which awards an additional $25,000.

“She might be back up here again to be recognized,” said Brown.

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