Honors for the teacher – Confluence teacher to receive Excellence in Education Award
Honors for the teacher – Confluence teacher to receive Excellence in Education Award
Posted on 09/04/2013
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It’s nice to be honored for your work, especially when the honor comes as an unexpected surprise.

D Terrell

Deitre Terrell, a communication arts teacher in the Ultimate Purpose Program at Confluence Preparatory Academy, is being recognized by the St. Louis American Foundation as a 2013 Excellence in Education Awardee.

Terrell is among several educators who will be recognized at the 26th Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala on September 13.

Terrell has been with Confluence for five years, the length of her career as an educator. She has been a substitute teacher, a tutor and a classroom teacher. She has worked at Confluence Academy-Old North and Confluence Academy-Walnut Park. Last year, she taught communication arts to middle school students in UPP at Walnut Park.

The St. Louis American Foundation accepts nominations for the annual award, but only a small number of people are chosen.

“I was nominated for the award by a former co-worker/friend who was impressed with the hard work that I put in with the Ultimate Purpose Program, and for starting and running an after-school program for female empowerment at Walnut Park,” said Terrell. She coordinated the Satin Dolls Youth Empowerment Program last year and hopes to work with Walnut Park to continue the program.

“I feel humbled and honored that anyone would recognize the care and effort that I put into reaching my students. I truly enjoy the challenge of moving students in UPP in a positive direction. I enjoy fostering a positive relationship with the students and watching them become more confident in themselves and their academic achievements,” she continued.

“My philosophy on being an educator is that every child has the right to an encompassing education from a highly qualified teacher who can reach each student at whatever educational level they are on,” said Terrell.

“I would encourage any new teacher to hold the course and never give up on the students. Even when they fight against you, you have to keep fighting for them.”

Education is Terrell’s second career. She was an operations technician with a television station in Champaign, Ill. She has a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism. She earned certification to teach with the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.