PHS teacher recognized with Challenger Center Inspiring Teacher Award
PHS teacher recognized with Challenger Center Inspiring Teacher Award
Monday, February 5, 2018
Pattonville High School computer science teacher Jeremiah Simmons was selected to receive an Inspiring Teacher Award by the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis after being nominated by one of his students.

Simmons is one of seven teachers recognized who were nominated by a former or current student for inspiring them to pursue a degree or career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field. The award is given in honor of the seven Challenger astronauts who died in a space shuttle explosion more than 30 years ago.

Simmons was nominated by 16-year-old Yasaman Mostafavi, who wrote, "Because of Mr. Simmons, I have not only learned how much I love computer science and the challenges that lie within it, but about motivation, compassion and dedication. Yet, the most important lesson I have learned from Mr. Simmons is that it is imperative you love what you do if you want to make a difference."

The Inspiring Teacher Awards program is co-sponsored by Boeing, Emerson and North County Inc.

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Pattonville High School computer science teacher Jeremiah Simmons, center, is shown with Yasaman Mostafavi, left, who nominated him for the Inspiring Teacher Award and Tasmyn Scarl Front, director of the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis.