Employee of the Month

Annalisa Stonner

Delta Woods Middle School

September 2021

September 2021 Employee of the MonthThe 2021-22 District Teacher of the Year, Annalisa is a life science and STRETCH teacher at Delta Woods Middle School and has been with the district for 12 years. She is the science department lead at Delta Woods, the school’s clubs coordinator, and the Battle of the Brains competition team sponsor. In 2017 her team was a top 20 award winner, and in 2019 her team finished fourth in the Battle of the Brains competition, earning Delta Woods Middle School $15,000.

Annalisa also organizes an annual “Science Girls Night Out” event encouraging young female students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through hands-on workshops and presentations by female mentors.

When members of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education visited Delta Woods to present the Missouri Gold Star Award, Stonner’s classroom was a highlight of the visit. Her students interacted with Missouri Education Commissioner Dr. Margie Vandeven and shared information on their recent lessons.

Fellow Delta Woods teacher Katie White said Annalisa inspires her fellow teachers by looking for new ways to challenge her students.

“I find it so impactful to watch Annalisa always trying to improve,” she said. “She’s constantly looking for ways to make it better – a lesson in the classroom, a strategy to help a student find success, or because the old way just isn’t working anymore. She makes it easy to strive to be my best.”

Delta Woods Principal Damon Weatherspoon said Annalisa brings many different skills and abilities to her classroom and her school.

“Annalisa is the type of person all of us would want to teach our children. Her exceptional content knowledge, patience, kindness, and ability to connect are a rare combination to find in one person. We are proud to call her a Gator and look forward to her continuing to brighten everyone’s day.”

Congratulations to Annalisa, our September Employee of the Month.