- Jefferson City School District
JC Schools Teacher of the Year Todd Beaulieu Named Mid-MO Regional Teacher of the Year
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City School District and the Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation are proud to announce that Todd Beaulieu, the 2022 Eisinger Teacher of the Year, was chosen as a Regional Teacher of the Year by the Heart of Missouri Regional Professional Development Center in Columbia. Beaulieu is one of three regional winners from mid-Missouri and 34 regional winners from across the state.
“Todd Beaulieu has honed his teaching craft over his more than 20 years in education,” JC Schools Superintendent Bryan McGraw said. “His model for infusing high energy and high expectations into his classroom has proven to effectively increase student engagement, which helps him to build long-lasting relationships with his students. We are incredibly proud to have a teacher like Todd representing our JC Schools team as a Regional Teacher of the Year.”
"My greatest contribution in education is, quite simply, the hundreds of relationships I have made with teachers, staff, parents, coaches, and, most importantly, my students," Todd Beaulieu said. “I want my students to remember how positive, how fun, and how different learning was when they were in my classroom."
For the past three years, Beaulieu has taught English at Capital City High School. He graduated from Missouri Western State University with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. Beaulieu earned his Master of Science in educational leadership from Arkansas State University. He has over 20 years of teaching experience beginning with his first job as a fifth grade teacher in the St. Joseph School District.
"I want students to feel safe in my room — like they can give a wrong answer or mispronounce a word or have an opinion that is different from others. I want them to know it is OK to mess up or sway a little differently," Todd Beaulieu said. “Even though no two school days are the same, my thoughts going into each and every day are the same - bring fun, entertainment, and energy to the classroom while making students better than they were the day before."
Sam Uptergrove, one of Beaulieu’s former students, and his mom Jenny nominated Beaulieu for the Eisinger Teacher of the Year award. In the nomination, Jenny said: "Mr. Beaulieu has high expectations when it comes to behavior and assignments. Reading materials are chosen based on a high schooler's interests, which is impressive because high schoolers are tricky to figure out. For the first time in many years, Sam liked reading and writing. It was so much fun to see the ‘fire’ in Sam’s eyes that challenged him and excited him in reading varied texts and writing about that. Sam remembers Mr. Beaulieu modeling the importance of being a lifetime learner. We believe he is an exemplary teacher because of his high expectations, ability to teach complicated concepts, and above all, build relationships with his students."
Regina Roe, the 2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year, and Jacob Baker, the 2020 Eisinger Teacher of the Year, were also named as Mid-Missouri Teacher of the Year in their respective years.
Jefferson City School District Eisinger Teacher of the Year
The Eisinger Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, composed of Jefferson City area community members, chose the six finalists based on their written applications submitted in February. The selection committee then conducted personal interviews with each of the finalists to choose the Eisinger Teacher of the Year and the Eisinger Outstanding Educator. These awards were announced at a ceremony in April 2022.