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July 8, 2016
Darbie Valenti, a Northwest Missouri State University alumna and fifth grade math and science teacher at Minnie Cline Elementary in Savannah, Missouri, has been named the Northwest Regional Teacher of the Year by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in Missouri.
Valenti was selected for the honor from a field of 12 finalists.
“After working with many teachers in the Northwest Region, I know how many truly excellent educators are working with the students in our schools,” she said. “It is an honor to be recognized and to represent my fellow teachers at the state level. I’m proud to be a voice for the ‘Great Northwest’.”
Valenti graduated from Northwest with a degree and certification in elementary education and art. She has 14 years of experience at the third-, fifth- and sixth-grade levels.
Some of her past honors include selections as a DESE Select Teacher As Regional Resource (STARR), Employee of the Quarter for the King City School District, KQ2 News/Apple Market Teacher Who Makes a Difference, and 2015 Teacher of the Year for the Savannah R-3 School District. She also has presented at various state conferences including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics state conference and interface. She is a master teacher for Science Pioneers Inc., and she serves as a community liaison for district student council-sponsored activities.
As Regional Teacher of the Year, Valenti will have the opportunity to compete for Missouri Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017. The Missouri Teacher of the Year will be announced in September and honored at a ceremony in Jefferson City, Missouri, in October.
DESE conducts the Missouri Teacher of the Year program with financial support provided by the Boeing Company and the Monsanto Fund.
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