SLPS honors Kindergarten Teacher of the Year

St. Louis Public Schools has presented the 2013 Gertrude Faust Potthoff Kindergarten Teacher of the Year Award to an experienced educator who encourages her students to explore, try new things and learn from their mistakes.

To earn the Kindergarten Teacher of the Year Award, nominees must explain their teaching philosophy and approach to teaching; be recommended by an administrator and a professional colleague; and complete an interview process. 

Kimberly Davis, a teacher at Mann Elementary School, has been recognized as the St. Louis Public School District’s 2013 Kindergarten Teacher of the Year for her approach to teaching, in which she focuses on the whole child – from life skills and academics to addressing basic needs like warm clothing and adequate food, which can keep a child from being able to focus in the classroom.

“Ms. Davis works hard to ensure the needs of her children are met on both an academic and personal level by pursuing relationships with parents and finding out more about each child,” says Nicole L. Conaway, principal at Mann Elementary School.

“She consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty, by waiting at school to ensure all children are picked up, and even driving to meet a child at his bus when he accidentally got on the wrong one.”

Davis has been teaching since 2004. She started her career with St. Louis Public Schools, moved out of state, and rejoined SLPS in 2011. During this school year, she has taken on added responsibilities, serving as the coordinator for Mann’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and as the school’s induction coordinator – a point of contact within each school to assist new teachers.

The 2013 Gertrude Faust Potthoff St. Louis Public Schools Kindergarten Teacher of the Year was honored with an awards reception and presented with a $1,000 award from the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation. In addition, she received a trophy, a plaque and a $500 award for related education materials through the Parsons Blewett Memorial Fund. 

Willis J. Potthoff, in collaboration with friends and family, created this special award in honor of his wife, Trudy. Trudy Potthoff played a significant role in the restoration of the Susan E. Blow Kindergarten Museum, the site of the first continuous public school kindergarten in the United States. It was founded in 1873 by Miss Susan E. Blow as part of the St. Louis Public School District.


Library of Congress paid internships 

Now in its 10th year, the Library of Congress’ Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program once again is offering special 10-week paid fellowships to college students.

For a stipend of $3,000, the 2014 class of Junior Fellows will work full-time with Library specialists and curators from May 27 through Aug. 1, to inventory, describe and explore collection holdings and to assist with digital-preservation outreach activities throughout the Library.

The focus of the program is on increasing access to collections and awareness of the Library’s digital-preservation programs by making them better-known and available to Members of Congress, scholars, researchers, students, teachers and the general public.

The fellows will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright deposits, digital preservation, reference, access standards and information management.  From 15th-century German woodcuts and Civil War battlefield maps to Abraham Lincoln’s life mask and a braille copy of the book “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” published in 2003, rare and unique treasures were processed by the 2013 Junior Fellows, who were given access to a wide variety of collections housed in the Library of Congress.

The program is made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson and the James Madison Council, the Library’s private-sector advisory group.

In addition to the stipend (paid in bi-weekly segments), fellows will be eligible to take part in programs offered at the Library.

Applications will be accepted online only at, keyword:357481100, through midnight, Friday, Jan. 24.

For more details about the program and information on how to apply, visit Questions about the program may be sent to

The Library of Congress is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

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