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JC Schools Announces 2022 Eisinger Awards for Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Educator

The Jefferson City School District and JC Schools Foundation are proud to announce the 2022 Eisinger Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Educator Awards. The Eisinger Award recipients were chosen from a field of full-time certified teachers, school librarians, guidance counselors, behavior interventionists and instructional coaches who were nominated by colleagues, parents, and students for possessing the qualities of a great educator. Don and Linda Eisinger established the Eisinger Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Educator Awards in 2015 with plans to support the awards for a total of 15 years.

2022 Eisinger Teacher of the Year, Todd Beaulieu (BO-YOU), Capital City High School 

The recipient of the 2022 Eisinger Teacher of the Year award is Todd Beaulieu, an English teacher at Capital City High School. At CCHS, Mr. Beaulieu strives to bring fun, entertainment, and energy to the classroom every hour of every day, while making students better than they were the day before.

In interviews, Mr. Beaulieu said, “My greatest contribution to education is quite simply the hundreds of relationships I have made with teachers and staff, parents and coaches, and most importantly, students. The rewards of teaching are many and plentiful. It is such a rewarding moment when success is achieved by a student. It’s even more sweet when that success was earned by working harder than ever before, putting in more time and effort than ever before, and seeing oneself do something never envisioned before.” See more from Mr. Beaulieu’s interview here

2022 Eisinger Outstanding Educator, Amy Backes, North Elementary

North Elementary music teacher Amy Backes was named the 2022 Eisinger Outstanding Educator. Mrs. Backes knew she wanted to be a teacher at a very young age, and believes that all children deserve an education and an adult who is excited about teaching and leading them.

“In my role as a music teacher, I see a fourth of my school’s student body every day. It’s a powerful thought that I could possibly lift or let down a fourth of our building on a daily basis. This is what motivates me to project my excitement every day. I want my students to be engaged and connected to their learning.” See more from Mrs. Backes’ interview here

The other educators selected as 2022 Eisinger Teacher of the Year finalists include: 

  • Nate Brinkley, East Elementary behavior interventionist
  • David Gale, Jefferson City High School history teacher
  • Toree Hamilton, Belair Elementary guidance counselor
  • Jordan Hart, Jefferson City High School speech & debate teacher

The Eisinger Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, composed of Jefferson City area community members, chose the six finalists based on written applications. The committee then selected the Eisinger Teacher of the Year and the Eisinger Outstanding Educator following in-person interviews. These awards were announced during a ceremony at the Miller Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 26.