Worley Street Roundtable Presents Teacher of Hope and Promise Awards



Dee Crosby’s day on Wednesday received an extra boost.

The theater technology teacher at Rock Bridge High School, who worked with Columbia Public Schools for more than 20 years, was interrupted on the stage of the school’s Performing Arts Center by women with balloons and a check for $ 500, followed by several of his colleagues.

Crosby received a Teacher of Hope and Promise Student Nominated Worley Street Roundtable Award, one of many being presented to middle and high schools in the district this week and next year.

“I’m honored,” said Crosby, who also teaches introduction to engineering design at Columbia Area Career Center.

Doris Littrell and Kathryn Chval, members of the Worley Street Roundtable board of directors, presented the award. Worley Street Roundtable is a non-profit organization that promotes the success of all students in Columbia Public Schools and also plays an oversight role with the school district.

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“It’s the happiest week of the year for the Worley Street Roundtable,” Littrell said. “We recognize exceptional teachers.”

The organization received hundreds of applications from students during a pandemic, said Chval, a professor in the MU College of Education. Common themes of appointments are teachers spending more time with them outside of school hours to help them.

“These are teachers that students come to,” said Chval.

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Students wrote the applications individually and were limited to 50 words.

The rewards are all surprises for teachers.

Until Thursday, further prizes were awarded to:

  • Zach Rodeman, social studies teacher at Hickman High School,
  • Rachel Smith, professor of social studies at Douglass High School,
  • Joe Friedrich, Learning Specialist at Smithton Middle School,
  • Jeremiah Settles, science teacher at Oakland Middle School,
  • Madeline Knight, professor of social studies at West Middle School,
  • Stephanie Tranmer, professor of social sciences at Lange Middle School and
  • Gabe Nichols, science teacher at Gentry Middle School.

Another teacher will be surprised by the award on June 4.

The checks were funded by an anonymous donor.

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