St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Announces 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year – Michael Herries
St. Louis, MO, May 31, 2017– St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School announces Michael Herries the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. If you are part of the St. Francis community you have been blessed and humbled to be in the presence of Michael Herries.
On grandparents day Mr. Mike brought us into his classroom and let our grandchildren show us how the root control robots work. Then he explained some technical things the computer is able to do. We were quite impressed with his ability to teach such complex structures to children at a young age. I love this man’s brain!! CONGRATS!!! – Antoinette Georger, Grandparent of SFA Student
Mike Herries teaches Computer Classes and Science in the Middle School at SFA. He coordinates the STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) programs at SFA. Specifically, Mike helps the K-5 teachers with Project Lead The Way (PLTW). Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students by creating an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive.
Mike implemented Genius Hour, a program where SFA students pick an Essential Question and research it through the year and present to the school in a Poster Session in the spring. Mike facilitates STEM Time, a program for students to sharpen their academic skills and learn more about STEM. In STEM Time, they work with our Sphero robots, build video games in Bloxels, design in TinkerCad, do some 3D printing, and do research. Mike Herries also leads the Green School’s Quest, SFA School Community Garden, and Green Means Grow from the Donald Danforth Science Center.
Mike Herries has a BS in both Geological Engineering and Geology & Geophysics. He is a Registered Geologist in Missouri and spent 25 years as a Consulting Engineer in the Gulf South. This is Mike’s third year teaching and changing lives at St. Francis of Assisi School. He and his wife are SFA parishioners and both of his children are alumni of SFA School.
This year, Mike Herries has completed a total of 161 hours of Professional Development while the state only requires 15 hours each year. His development hours included Google Apps for Education, Elementary STEM, Missouri Google Summit, Climate Change, Earthways Sustainability Network (ESN), Missouri Education Technology Conference (METC), Missouri Education Technology Conference (METC), and many, many more.
Awesome!! You go above and beyond for the children at SFA and it is very much appreciated!! You are so very deserving of this award!! Thanks for all you do!! – Gina Richter, SFA School Parent