St. Louis Teacher Wins $500 For Putting Students First

Tools for Teachers

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A teacher from the St. Louis Public Schools district has won $500 for the commitment she shows to her students.

Ms. Nina Harris, a former veteran and current 5th-grade teacher at Lexington Elementary School, has won KPLR 11’s Tools For Teachers award of $500 from Weber Chevrolet for the level of care she offers students both inside and outside the classroom. Harris’s friend, Brenda Mahr, said she deserved the award for a number of different reasons: working late into the evening, tutoring on weekends, collecting donations for her classroom and empowering parents to play an active role in their child’s education were just a few.

“Her kids come first!” Mahr wrote in her Tools For Teachers nomination. “It is not unusual to call her at 6:00, 7:00 or 8:00 at night and find her still in the classroom working on a project to help motivate her kids the next day.”

Harris joined KPLR 11 for a Skype interview Monday, April 27, 2020 so that she could be recognized for the award.

If you would like to nominate a local teacher for our Tools For Teachers award, click here.

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What happens when kids get great teachers? Their world of possibilities open. In 2014, KPLR in partnership with our friends at Weber Chevrolet, will show our appreciation for the local teachers in our area. We need your help! Tell us about a teacher who has made an impact in your life and once a month, Weber Chevrolet will give a local teacher $500 to use in their classroom.

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