Jefferson Junior High math teacher to receive national teaching award

Thursday, February 3, 2011 | 4:39 p.m. CST; updated 12:07 p.m. CST, Monday, February 28, 2011

COLUMBIA — Kathy Steinhoff, a math teacher at Jefferson Junior High School, will be recognized as one of the top educators in the country at the NEA Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on Feb. 11 in Washington, D.C.

Steinhoff was one of 31 public school educators selected by the Missouri National Education Association for the awards, according to a release from the foundation. She was one of five recipients for the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.

The award comes with a $10,000 cash reward and qualifies Steinhoff for the $25,000 NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence, according to the foundation. The Member Benefits Award is the event's highest honor.

In summer 2011, as an addition to the award, Steinhoff and the other award recipients will travel to China for a 10-day cultural and educational tour that will include visits to many Chinese schools.

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