13th Annual Community Breakfast
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 | 9-11 a.m.
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Featuring Dr. Jim Wipke, Superintendent and Honoring Ms. Reva Weinberg Davis, Retired Social Studies Teacher (1975-2004) and LMS Science Olympiad Volunteer
Honorary Guest, Ms. Reva Weinberg Davis
Retired Social Studies Teacher (1975-2004) &
LMS Science Olympiad Volunteer
I began my teaching career in the St Louis City Schools from 1956-1960 where I earned my lifetime teaching certificate.
My family became a part of the Ladue School District in 1965 when my sons (four of them) began attending Dielman School. I became active in the Parent Association and did some substituting beginning at Dielman then quickly branched out to Grandview, Central and Wright. I began teaching fulltime in November of 1975 at Spoede School and remained there teaching 4th grade until I was transferred to Reed School. At Reed I also taught 4th grade until I was transferred to the Junior High (now Ladue Middle School) where I spent one year with 7th grade Language Arts then moved to 6th grade social studies.
At the middle school I emerged myself into the Latin American curriculum along with becoming a part of the geography movement by studying with the newly formed Missouri Geographic Alliance sponsored by National Geographic Society and the State of Missouri. We traveled, attended conferences, and had an obligation to present lessons that included the elements of geography. I was able to incorporate these elements into the Ladue curriculum. I also organized the Geography Bee until my retirement, in addition to helping with the with The State Bee for a number of years.
About 1989-90 I became a coach for Road Scholars with the Science Olympiad Program. Which to this day, continue to coach. I have traveled with the team to Nationals countless times, twice winning first place and many others in the top ten throughout the years. Since Mr. Trippe’s passing, I have taken on his responsibility to update, create and proctor the Regional and State competition. His parents gave me all his materials and like to feel I am honoring him as a young man who passed away too soon. Terry loved to come to help our kids and taught me all about Road Scholars
For a few years I was also secretary at the Middle school for our Ladue Education Association. Now I am and have been for a number of years president of The Retirees LEA. We meet three times a year for lunch and have a directory that keeps us together. Other volunteers take care of the funds and thru emails and a phone call we are well informed about what is happening in Ladue, the State Legislation that involves pension and education and sadly bereavement.
As all teachers in Ladue, we have attended many workshops to help us improve our teaching skill from Madaline Hunter to Thoughtful Education. And many theories in between along with many Administrators. I enjoyed 29 years of teaching in Ladue (and still volunteer) and continue to be aware of the wonderful things happening in our schools. I treasure the friendships made in my career and love connecting with former students.
Guest Speaker, Dr. Jim Wipke
Ladue Schools SuperintendEnt
Dr. Wipke began his career in education in the Rockwood School District as a fifth-grade elementary school teacher, then moved to Crestview Middle school as a sixth-grade World History teacher before starting his administrative career at Parkway South Middle School as an assistant principal. Dr. Wipke then returned to Rockwood as a middle school assistant principal, subsequently serving as a middle school principal, high school principal and finally executive director of secondary schools in Rockwood, before taking on the superintendency in Fox C-6.
Dr. Wipke received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Harris-Stowe State University in 1993, his masters degrees in Administration and Education from Southwest Baptist University in 2000, and his Educational Doctorate from Maryville University of St. Louis in 2008.
He received the New Superintendent of the Year Award for the region in 2018-19.
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