Blue Springs elementary teacher selected as Missouri’s Teacher of the Year

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Linda Glasgow

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A Blue Springs elementary school teacher was named Missouri’s Teacher of the Year on Wednesday.

Linda Glasgow, who is a a third-grade teacher at John Nowlin Elementary School in Blue Springs, says she always knew she wanted to be a teacher.

“I played school and was always the teacher, volunteered to teach younger children at church, mothered my siblings and neighborhood children and worked at a childcare center in high school,” said Glasgow.

Glasgow, who has been teaching for 30-years, was honored during a surprise assembly at school.

“Truly, I know that I am blessed to have the career of my dreams and to participate in the miraculous journey of each school year,” said Glasgow.

“Linda Glasgow has a unique thirst for learning and positively impacts students each and every year,” said Blue Springs Superintendent Dr. Jim Finley. “She is a leader, mentor and collaborator, and she inspires those around her through her example. The district is honored, proud, and elated to have Linda on our team, and we are confident she will represent our district and state well.”

Other finalist for the award included:

  • Kimberly Dailey, special education teacher at Lindbergh High School, St. Louis, through Special School District of St. Louis County
  • Michael Dragoni, visual arts teacher at Buder Elementary School, St. Ann, Ritenour School District
  • Amy Krinke, music teacher at Lee’s Summit West High School, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District
  • Yulia Kotets, English language learner specialist at Willow Brook Elementary, Saint Louis, Pattonville R-III School District
  • Melissa Nussbaum, 7th grade science teacher at Truman Middle School, St. Louis, Lindbergh Schools