Pariss Barnes Named RGSD Teacher of the Year

Pariss Barnes and Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams

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.

Pariss Barnes and Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams