A music teacher who says he was called to be an educator is Missouri’s 2022 Teacher of the Year. James Young, a Musical Theatre, Vocal Music, and Guitar teacher at the Ferguson-Florissant School District has been selected by a committee as the 53rd Missouri Teacher of the Year. The reality is still sinking in for him.
Young was chosen among six other finalists for the top award. Before starting his teaching career, Young served in the United States Army and joined the U.S. Army Chorus during his tour in South Korea.
Young will serve as Missouri’s representative in the National Teacher of the Year program. He will be honored during DESE’s Teacher of the Year recognition event in Jefferson City on Tuesday, October 19.
He was selected by a committee of his peers and education partners across the state.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says Young has worked with organizations like St. Louis Dancing Classrooms, St. Louis Classical Guitar, Strings Attached, and LIFE Arts Inc. to help bring high-quality arts education to his students.