Inspiring Teacher Awards
Now in its sixth year, the Inspiring Teacher Awards honors the seven astronauts tragically lost in the Challenger space shuttle accident by recognizing seven teachers who are inspiring the future generation of STEM professionals. This year’s program will take place on Thursday, January 27, 2022.
2022 Missouri Teacher of the Year
Watch the event LIVE on January 27 at 5:30pm CT:
2022 Award Recipients
Dan Easterday, Nokomis High School (retired)
Nominated by Philip Chrostoski, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Appointee, Sandia National Labs
Tanjanika Foster, 7th-grade math teacher, Collinsville Middle School,
Nominated by Kayla Stevenson, Foresenic Science major, Kaplan University
Tiffanie Fowlkes-Comninellis, Ph.D. Biology teacher, Hazelwood Central High School
Nominated by Wesley Agee, Graduate student in Molecular Cell Biology, Washington University
Paul Wallis, Physics teacher, Desoto Senior High
Nominated by Kassy Rowden, Desoto Senior High student
Christopher Sellers, Physics and Computer Science teacher, Jennings Senior High
Nominated by Jamila Latimore, University of Missouri S&T
Martha Warren, Jennings Senior High
Nominated by Javahn Watkins, Jennings Senior High
Cherron White, Jennings Senior High
Nominated by Kan’ya Cooper, Jennings Senior High
with generous support from
Companies, organizations, and individuals – show your support for educators in the St. Louis region by becoming a sponsor of the 2022 Inspiring Teacher Awards. Information about the event and teacher nomination opportunities will be shared with public and private schools and universities throughout the region.
Last year, our event featured astronaut Bob Behnken as our keynote speaker and over 200 individuals who tuned into the virtual event.
The Inspiring Teacher Awards pays tribute to the Challenger crew and recognize teachers who seek to continue the mission of inspiring the future generation of explorers and innovators. Each year, the Awards honor seven teachers, each nominated by a current or former student whom they inspired to pursue a career path in STEM.
Employee Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis
Emerson Charitable Trust
Clark-Fox Family Foundation
Express Scripts Foundation
Albrecht Family Foundation
The Saigh Foundation
Missouri Space Grant Consortium