86 Educators nominated for Golden Apple Award

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce competition
Joplin Golden Apple Awards logo over books and an apple

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce received 121 nominations for 86 educators for the Golden Apple Award meaning some teachers were endorsed by more than one student, parent or peer. Teachers nominated will submit paperwork answering questions about their teaching style and goals and then finalists go through an interview process.

The Golden Apple Awards recognize excellence in the teacher profession. Winners in four categories will be announced at the 102nd JACC Annual banquet on April 25th. All the following nominees will be recognized at a reception February 28th at MSSU. This year’s Golden Apple Awards are sponsored by Liberty Utilities and Missouri Southern State University.

Kindergarten-2nd Grade
Betsy James Cecil Floyd Elementary
Kelsey Vene Cecil Floyd Elementary
Whitney Terry Eastmorland Elementary
KyLeigh Garrett Eastmorland Elementary
Kayleigh Woodruff Eastmorland Elementary
Meg Carlisle Jefferson Elementary
Nicole Thorn Jefferson Elementary
Chelsey Junker Jefferson Elementary
Sheenah Briggs Kelsey Norman Elementary
Chelsea Simpson Kelsey Norman Elementary
Bette Schoeberl St. Mary’s Elementary School
Staci Saunders Stapleton Elementary
Elaina Watkins Stapleton Elementary
Beth Arnold West Central Elementary

3rd-5th Grade
Hannah Graham Eastmorland Elementary
Jinger Lee Eastmorland Elementary
Janet Parker-Spain Eastmorland Elementary
Vanessa Gage Irving Elementary
Kim Grigery Jefferson Elementary
Alex Smith Jefferson Elementary
Crystal Weltha Jefferson Elementary
Tylan Harris Jefferson Elementary
Shea Stehm Kelsey Norman Elementary
Lauren Frieden Stapleton Elementary
Clayton Carnahan Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School
Mary Arnold Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School
Gay Currence Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School

6th-8th Grade
Breanna Clark College Heights Christian School
Eric Lang College Heights Christian School
Anthony Ficken East Middle School
Julie Metcalf East Middle School
Lara Stamper East Middle School
Nash Brodsky North Middle School
Angela Graves North Middle School
Marcia Himes North Middle School
Ashleigh McFarland North Middle School
Laurie Olson North Middle School
Crystal Robinson North Middle School
Cheryl Sieber North Middle School
Vashti Stevenson North Middle School
Jeni Vieselmeyer North Middle School
Rachel Bowyer South Middle School
Abbie Durr South Middle School
Tanya Tupper South Middle School
Heather Van Otterloo South Middle School
Deborah Zellmer South Middle School
Linda Foxwell South Middle School
Sr. Joan Schwager St. Peter’s Middle School
Becky Hendrickson Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School

9th-12th Grade
Charmagne Stanley College Heights Christian School
Jennifer Barksdale Franklin Technology Center
Steven Bradfield Franklin Technology Center
Doug Donnel Franklin Technology Center
Karen Essley Franklin Technology Center
Marc Smallwood Franklin Technology Center
Don Turnbull Franklin Technology Center
Sara Adcock Joplin High School
David Armstrong Joplin High School
First Sergeant Richard Banks Joplin High School
Charli Jo Baugh Joplin High School
Don Carey Joplin High School
Heather Coble Joplin High School
Amber Cooney Joplin High School
Courtney Escoto Joplin High School
Wendy Henady Joplin High School
Charlie Jenkins Joplin High School
Gina Lee Joplin High School
Alan Linden Joplin High School
Misti Meads Joplin High School
Tina Movick Joplin High School
Tim Oster Joplin High School
Levi Reed Joplin High School
Lacey Santillan Joplin High School
Amanda Smith Joplin High School
Kelly Taute Joplin High School
Kylee VanHorn Joplin High School
Sheila Ward Joplin High School
Mike Wassenaar Joplin High School
Jim Whitney Joplin High School
Holly Yust Joplin High School
Brendan Cooney Joplin High School
Edie Harrison Joplin High School
Elsie Morris Joplin High School
Paula Bohm Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School
Gabby Heth Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School
Fang Martin Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School