SCHOOLS: JEFF JR.
By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE
Jefferson Junior High School math teacher Kathy Steinhoff is up for a $25,000 award from the NEA Foundation, which will recognize her teaching skills and education advocacy today at an awards gala in Washington, D.C.
She is one of five recipients of the $10,000 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence and the first teacher from Missouri to receive this award. One recipient will receive the $25,000 NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence.
Steinhoff will be accompanied to the gala by her husband, parents, daughter, sister and six colleagues who teach or formerly taught at Jefferson Junior and local schools.
“So many people who mean so much to me are taking time out of their busy lives to come with me to D.C.,” Steinhoff said. “I just think it’s going to be a wonderful, wonderful time.”
Steinhoff was already in Washington, D.C., before the gala, attending classes to prepare for her trip to China this summer to visit schools with the NEA Foundation.