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What keeps St. Louis teachers returning to the classroom?

Aug 18, 2016
Biology teacher LaJuana Stidmon examins at microscope she received as a gift at Clyde C. Miller Career Academy in St. Louis earlier this month on Aug. 11, 2016.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Comparatively low pay. Long hours. High — and often changing — expectations. A sometimes reluctant audience. Two months of vacation isn’t a big enough perk to lure anyone into the teaching profession for long. So what inspires St. Louis teachers to return each year?

With most St. Louis area schools now back in session, St. Louis Public Radio asked local teachers what keeps them coming back, what are their biggest challenges and what advice they have for parents.

Cappies: Genius does well at MICDS

Nov 28, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 28, 2011 - What happens when an artistic genius and a master of physics walk into the same bar on an evening in Paris? Well, you get MICDS's recent production of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" to tell you how it all turns out.

Written in 1993 by Steve Martin, the story follows the tale of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein at the Lapin Agile bar in 1904 Paris. Each man is a savant in his own right; one a rising artist destined to align his ideas and his canvas in perfect unison, the other a budding genius of physics with a fascination for the world around him.

MICDS gets $21.5 million gift

Aug 30, 2011
(Courtesy Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School)

A St. Louis County private school has received a $21.5 million donation from the James S. McDonnell family.

Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, or MICDS, will use the money to build a new, 52,000 square-foot science and math facility.

MICDS head of school, Lisa Lyle, says the goal is to involve students in the process of scientific research.