Sperreng Middle School teacher Adam Taylor has been selected to receive a 2021 Key to the Classroom Award from Special School District, honoring his achievements and dedication for service to students. Taylor was nominated for the award by several parents of students in his class.
The Key to the Classroom Award honors SSD’s top teachers throughout the St. Louis County district. Among the more than 2,700 teachers in the district, just 10 are selected for the prestigious honor. All Key to the Classroom Award winners are also considered for the 2021 SSD Teacher of the Year award.
Taylor is a special education teacher for the Personalized Academic and Life Skills program (PALS). He has been serving Lindbergh Schools for eight years, first as a paraprofessional and for the past five years as a teacher.
“Mr. Taylor creates a community for his students, builds relationships with kids and families, and meets each student’s personalized needs by taking a creative and innovative approach to teaching and learning,” said Erin Lynch, SSD area coordinator.
Taylor promotes independence and life skills by creating jobs for his students within the school environment. PALS students assist in the district’s copy center, helping bind books, make copies and deliver completed orders. They also assist in the cafeteria, stocking food items. In addition to teaching, Taylor coaches Special Olympics and is sponsor of the Sperreng Gaming Club.
Special School District provides special education services to all students with disabilities in St. Louis County. The district also operates two technical high schools that provide a wide range of career and technical education opportunities for area high school students.