Pariss Barnes Named RGSD Teacher of the Year
Pariss Barnes, a fifth-grade teacher at Danforth Elementary School was named the Riverview Gardens School District Teacher of the Year.
Barnes has served as a teacher at Danforth for two years. She earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State University.
"I decided to go into the education field because I believe that representation matters and is important for the success of future generations," Barnes stated.
“Every day I walk into my classroom I am reminded that 'a teacher's purpose is not to create a student in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.' "
Barnes will proceed as the representative for the Missouri State Teacher of the Year nomination.
Cetina Banks, a physical education teacher at Koch Elementary School, was named the Second Place Winner for District Teacher of the Year.
Pamela Barsh, a first-grade teacher at Moline Elementary, was named the Third Place Winner for District Teacher of the Year.
The top three finishers were presented their awards by Interim Superintendent Joylynn Pruitt-Adams, Ed.D.
The Missouri Teacher of the Year Program is facilitated annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education collaboratively with the National Teacher of the Year Program.