HANNIBAL | Amy Rendel, a teacher at Hannibal High School for the past seven years, was recently named a Northeast Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Rendel, who is preparing for her 23rd year as an educator, was humbled by the recognition.
“My initial thought was that there are so many talented teachers out there who would be great candidates for this honor,” she said.
Rendel is worthy of the honor, according to Superintendent Susan Johnson and HHS Principal Ted Sampson.
“Our district is very excited and proud of Amy,” Johnson said. “She is a skilled and dedicated educator who inspires her students to learn. Amy demonstrates leadership and innovation both inside and outside of the classroom. She is respected by her students, parents, administrators and colleagues.”
“Amy Rendel has been an amazing team member at HHS for the past seven years,” Sampson said. “She has high expectations of each of her students and pushes them daily to achieve at their highest level. Her personal drive and willingness to think outside the box has directly benefited students and her fellow staff members. We are proud of Amy for being selected as a Northeast Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year.” Rendel teachers both English 10 in College Prep English 10.
“I love helping students make their worlds bigger through literature,” she said. “Seeing the world beyond your own experiences makes you more empathetic of others - and that makes the world a better place.”
Because of the COVID-19 virus the 2019-20 school year was like none other, according to Rendel.
“The shift to virtual learning was a challenge for all teachers. But across the nation, teachers stepped up to that challenge, transforming their teaching, and providing learning opportunities for students. I learned teachers are both resilient and willing to share. It’s been fun learning from teachers around the country,” she said.
Rendel, whose teaching resume includes stops at Jennings High School and McClure North High School in St. Louis County, is enjoying her time teaching in Hannibal.
“The Hannibal School District values teacher professional development and has created a system where teachers learn and bring back what they’ve learned to other teachers. This sharing between teachers leads to student success in the classroom,” she said. “Ted Sampson, the high school principal, has never said ‘no’ to a learning opportunity I wanted to attend, and I feel I have really grown in the seven years I’ve been at Hannibal High School.”
Rendel, along with the 33 other regional honorees from around the state, are now under consideration for the 2021 Missouri Teacher of theYear award. Semifinalists and finalist for the 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year award will be selected in August, with the 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year being named in early September.