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Holt Teacher Named Lindenwood Nominee for MACTE Outstanding Beginning Teacher

The future of the teaching profession is here in the Wentzville School District, as Holt High School social studies teacher Sean Haley was recently named Lindenwood University’s nominee for the Missouri Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award. The reasons Lindenwood chose Haley are numerous, and exemplify both the kind of teachers the university strives to develop and the kind of leaders Wentzville instructors are proving to be.

“Sean is very articulate in both his content area (history/social studies) and pedagogy, and has excelled as a student at Lindenwood University,” said Lindenwood Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Secondary Student Teaching School of Education Dr. Amanda Aldridge. “He has exhibited perseverance, passion, and has a commitment to excellence, all while fulfilling the role of being a father of two small children. Sean will make an outstanding mentor to high school students and uses his coaching methods to connect with students and to motivate them towards achievement at Holt High School.”

Haley is in his first year, but has already strived to make a tremendous impact on Holt. He's volunteered to coach wrestling and football, helped organize the school's Veterans Day assembly, and overall has been a beacon of support and trust for students. Haley enjoyed a surprise presentation by the leaders from the Lindenwood University School of Education, a video of which can be seen on the WSD YouTube Channel.

“It is very important that we recognize the great work of our graduates,” said Dr. Anthony Scheffler, the Dean of Lindenwood’s School of Education. “Doing so demonstrates the value we place on quality teaching and serves as an incentive for others. We are very proud of Mr. Haley and of all the Lindenwood School of Education alumni who regularly distinguish themselves as some of the very best classroom educators.”

Universities in the state may nominate up to two first- or second-year teachers for this award, recipients of which are invited to attend the MACTE Conference for a luncheon in their honor on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Columbia, Missouri.

Photo of Sean Haley, Holt Principal Dr. Schlueter, and reps from Lindenwood University Mr. Haley and some of his students