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Award Notification:  Deborah Siebern-Dennis (MO '15)

Featured in this video:  Deborah Siebern-Dennis (MO '15)
St. Joseph, MO   |    Feb 11, 2016
Bode Middle School

Deborah Siebern-Dennis Wins Missouri 2015-16 Milken Educator Award

Teachers and administrators describe Deborah Siebern-Dennis' seventh-grade science students at Bode Middle School as problem-solvers and risk-takers. Using the 5E model — engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate — Siebern-Dennis creates a hands-on environment perfect for molding budding scientists who love to learn. Her students have the highest benchmark test scores in the district.

Students' enthusiasm shows when they talk about their teacher after watching her receive Missouri's 2015-16 Milken Educator Award in a surprise schoolwide assembly. "Ms. Siebern is so awesome — everyone should get to know her the way we do," says one. Another calls her "the real MVP." And the feeling is mutual: "We have the absolute best students here," Siebern-Dennis tells the assembly as she holds her Milken Award envelope, embossed with her name in gold letters.