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2023 Teacher of the Year

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The 2023 LSR7 Teacher of the Year is Miss Stefanie Rentie, science teacher at East Trails Middle School.

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District announced the LSR7 2023 Teacher of the Year is Miss Stefanie Rentie, 6th grade science educator at East Trails Middle School at a ceremony on April 12, 2023.

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Miss Rentie has served all 23 years of her education career in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. She spent her student teaching year at Prairie View Elementary where she continued to work for 22 years before being selected to help welcome sixth grade students to middle school at the newest school in the district.

Her teaching philosophy is to try to make each student the best version of themselves through critical thinking. “I believe if students can leave my classroom by gaining confidence in themselves by becoming problem solvers, they can be successful in anything they do,” said Rentie.

A committee made up of representatives from the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and the School District selected Miss Rentie out of a pool of 15 candidates, all recipients of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Teaching or Teacher of Distinction awards.

Miss Rentie is a 2023 Teacher of Distinction. She previously won an Excellence in Teaching award in 2008.

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Did you know that three LSR7 teachers have been awarded the Missouri Teacher of the Year Award?

2011 - Kristen Merrell

2009 - Susanne Mitko

1994 - Marcia Ritter