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Parkway Counselor Recognized as Outstanding Educator

Shelly Farinella, a counselor at Fern Ridge High School, was surprised with the Peabody Energy Leaders in Education award.

The Leaders in Education program rewards dedicated and compassionate educational professionals with awards and recognition at an annual dinner reception. Award recipients are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders and each earn a $1,000 award.

This year marks Farinella’s 21st year in Parkway. Before becoming a school counselor, she worked as a police officer for St. Louis County and the City of Chesterfield for approximately 10 years. During this time, she taught the DARE program in several Parkway elementary schools, and soon discovered her love of the classroom and working with students. She was also the first police resource officer in Parkway.

Farinella was named the Parkway High School Teacher of the Year for the 2013-14 school year.

More information on the Peabody Energy Leaders in Education award can be found here: www.peabodyenergyleadersineducation.org