Darbie Valenti, fifth grade math and science teacher at Minnie Cline Elementary School, has been selected as Missouri’s Teacher of the Year.
Valenti will be honored at a banquet on Oct. 24 in Jefferson City, Missouri, along with the six other finalists for the Missouri Teacher of the Year. Valenti will serve as the state’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.
Valenti, a 14-year teaching veteran who started at Minnie Cine in 2014, is no stranger to awards, having won this year’s Northwest Regional Teacher of the Year award and last year’s Savannah R-III School District Teacher of the Year award. Other recognitions include selection as a DESE Select Teacher As Regional Resource (STARR) from 2006-2008, King City School District Employee of the Quarter in 2011 and KQ2/Apple Market Teacher Who Makes a Difference in 2014.
“I am extremely pleased that DESE is recognizing Ms. Darbie Valenti with this honor; I know of no one more deserving,” Savannah R-III District Superintendent Dr. David Brax said.
Valenti graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and art education. She has been professionally trained in Kagan’s Cooperative Learning, Standards Based Learning, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Differentiated Instruction, among numerous others.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education conducts the Missouri Teacher of the Year program with financial support provided by the Boeing Company and the Monsanto Fund.