John Culver Wilson was awarded overall 2014-15 Teacher of the Year by Saint Louis Public Schools. He is the elementary music teacher at Stix Early Childhood Center. He was selected by the district’s Professional Development Office from a pool of 17 stellar educators honored in November as subject-matter-specific SLPS Teachers of the Year.
Howard Richards is the new senior manager of external relations for the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He will be responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating an overarching outreach strategy for St. Louis. He served for 13 years at the Central Intelligence Agency after an NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys.
Patricia J. Brown was selected as a 2015 Lead PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator. She will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, and invitations to special events. She is a technology integration coach for Ladue School District, an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University and an Edtech consultant.
Maurice Thames has joined KAI Design & Build as project manager. He will be responsible for the internal and external success of project design, schedule, deliverables and budgets. He will also develop project objectives while exercising his independent judgment in achieving the objectives and manage team members. Most recently he was deputy director of Architecture for Jacobs.
Devon Moody-Graham received the Power Moves Award in Business and Entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Black Alumni Network. An entrepreneur and small business advocate, Moody-Graham will also be opening the first coworking center in East St. Louis and the first black-owned coworking space in the region this summer.
Valden Campbell received the University of Missouri-St. Louis Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in World Languages. The award recognizes high school juniors who demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics and languages, as well as participation in foreign language-related activities and studies. Campbell, whose achievement was for his study of the Spanish language, is a junior at McCluer High School.
Alan Byrd received the Peggy Clinton Memorial Service Award from the Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling. He is dean of enrollment at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. The award is reserved for an admissions professional who has shown commitment and dedication to students throughout his or her career.
Nichalos Gardner was appointed director of St. Louis County Department of Transportation and Public Works by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. Most recently he served as the Regional Water and Wastewater manager for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He also has been director of Public Works for Jackson, Mississippi.
Simone Cummings is the new associate dean for the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University. She will serve as the chief assessment, accreditation and academic quality assurance officer for all academic programs offered by the Walker School worldwide. Most recently she was associate professor of management at Webster, teaching finance and statistics.
Jennifer Fowler earned special recognition for her Ferguson coverage from the Missouri Journalism Education Association. She is a two-year editor-in-chief of the McCluer North Stargazer newspaper. She’s been on the Stargazer staff since her freshman year, accumulating awards for reporting and page design, as well as leading the paper its first superior award at the School Sponsored Publications Conference.