Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation announced the 2022 Eisinger Teacher of the Year Award Finalists.

Amy Backes, of North Elementary School, started teaching at Osage County R1 in Chamois in 2004. She joined JC Schools in 2014 as a K-5 music teacher and directs the 4th and 5th grade after-school choir.

Todd Beaulieu, of Capital City High School, has taught English for the past three years. He graduated from Missouri Western State University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing a specialist degree in education from Arkansas State University.

Nate Brinkley, of East Elementary School, is a K-5 behavior interventionist with more than 10 years experience in education. He strives to find new ways to reach and engage students to help them manage their emotions and behaviors.

David Gale, of Jefferson City High School, is in his 20th year of teaching. During his time there, David has taught a variety of history topics to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Toree Hamilton, of Belair Elementary School, has been at Belair for 22 years. She spent seven years as a 5th grade classroom teacher before transitioning to become a special education resource teacher. For the past five years, she has been the K-5 professional school counselor.

Jordan Hart, of Jefferson City High School, has taught English and speech & debate in the district for eight years. Since taking over, the competitive classes and the speech and debate team have earned more than 1,000 individual student trophies, 40 team titles, and several state and national titles.

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In an effort to develop Bay Farm Research Facility operations and grow relations with leading agricultural conservation organizations, Missouri Soybean Association has promoted Clayton Light to director of conservation agriculture and farm operations. Clayton previously served as the conservation programs manager. 734 S. Country Club Dr. (573) 635-3819 I

The Capital Arts board of directors recently named Sarah Scheffer the organization’s new executive director. Sarah brings more than 20 years of art experience to the position. This includes participation in multiple exhibits and shows across several states and the commissioning of various drawings, photographs, and paintings within the United States and abroad. Scheffer’s goals include boosting the community ceramics program by adding more wheels and increasing studio space. Some of Scheff er’s other responsibilities will include overseeing day-to-day operations at the Capital Arts gallery, organizing educational opportunities for members of Jefferson City and surrounding communities, and increasing online visibility and interaction through marketing and communications. 1203 Missouri Blvd. I (573) 635-8355 I

The Beth McGeorge Team with RE/MAX Jefferson City, has earned the RE/MAX Diamond Club Team Award, which honors high-achieving real estate teams for their service to buyers and/or sellers during the past year. This is the first year anyone has received this high honor in Jefferson City. Beth McGeorge has been a real estate agent with RE/MAX Jeff erson City for 18 years. 2316 Saint Marys Blvd. | (573) 761-3489 |

American Elm Co. has opened its new location in downtown Jefferson City. American Elm partners with leading national and international designers, suppliers, and local artisans of the most eclectic, unique, and fascinating products in home décor, furnishings, and gifts. 211 E. High St. I (573) 207-0010 I

Riversong Spa & Salon has moved to a new and improved location. The spa has seen many changes over the past 24 years and is proud to offer the same great service in a larger facility with a modern vibe, a more single-level floor plan, and better parking. 2014 William St. (573) 636-9796 I