Congratulations to Webster Groves district teacher, Mary Ann Howard. She's been named the 2010 Humane Teacher of the Year by the Humane Society of Missouri. The announcement was made in a surprise ceremony at her school on February 16, 2010. Following the ceremony there was a celebration at the Clark School Library and included many dogs, rabbits, a mini horse and a mini donkey.
The Humane Society of Missouri recognized Mary Ann for her achievements incorporating humane, environmental and character education into her class curricula, and for leading an after-school community service club benefitting animals called Club HOPE (Helping Our Pets and Environment).
For the past 27 years, the Humane Society of Missouri has had the pleasure of acknowledging area teachers who strive to incorporate humane education into their daily lessons and activities and more importantly serve as humane role models demonstrating values of kindness, respect and compassion for animals and people alike.
Mrs. Howard was chosen for her concerted efforts to teach invaluable animal-related character education lessons to her students in the Webster Groves School District for more than two decades. Mary Ann has been leading an after-school kids club called Club HOPE for the last two years. Club HOPE membership at Clark School is now 83 students. Under her guidance, her students have completed numerous and remarkable community service projects benefitting the animals in our community including various donation drives, crafting blankets and toys for homeless animals, donating to various animal rescue groups and through community education at neighborhood events.