Tools for teacher nominee wins $500

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Teachers have many roles as coach, tutor, adviser, guide, mentor, expert, friend and partner to their students and families. We all have teachers who have made a lasting impact in our lives. And, KPLR 11 honored a local teacher today with our Tools for Teachers program presented by Weber Chevrolet.


We received a heartfelt nomination from a parent nominating Mr. Joel Gherardini from High Mount Elementary in Swansea, IL.



Joel Gherardini is a dynamic charismatic 6th-8th grade autism teacher. His students are learning social skills daily, as well as their needed academics.  The students all have Asperger's Syndrome, a condition along the Autism spectrum.  It's a small self contained class with 6-9 students.  Joel has brought these children up to grade level learning through his innovative teaching techniques.  He has not only taken into account their academic needs but also physical.  Mr. Gherardini is currently on a quest to acquire "busy body seating/stability ball chairs" for these students in order to provide a safe, passive way to keep their bodies busy during the school day. Mr. Gherardini is a young innovative teacher that would put this award to wonderful use in his classroom.



And today, Mr. Gherardini was our Tools for Teachers recipient of $500.00 from our sponsor, Weber Chevrolet that he can use in his classroom and 2 tickets to the St. Louis Science Center for students in his class



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