Two WWU Graduates Named Outstanding Beginning Teachers

Two William Woods University graduates, Caitlin Steiner and Sarah Zolinski, were honored recently for their excellence as beginning teachers. They received their awards at the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education spring conference April 27.  


Steiner, originally from New Bloomfield, graduated from WWU in 2009 with a degree in middle school education, and she teaches sixth-grade world geography at Hannibal Middle School.  


Zolinski, who lives in Fulton, graduated from William Woods in 2010 with a degree in elementary education. She teaches first grade at Belle Elementary in the Maries R-2 School District. 


Both young women were honored as Distinguished Scholars in their individual majors while WWU seniors.


At the MACTE conference, a total of 45 outstanding teachers were recognized for their excellence in serving children during their first two years of service in school districts across Missouri.


Award recipients were selected based on evaluations of outstanding graduates completed by their college or university and recommendations from the school district that deemed the teacher as highly effective in their first two years in the classroom.



Caitlin Steiner
Sarah Zolinski