Leo A. Ganahl, a third-grade teacher at Bermuda Elementary School, is Ferguson-Florissant School District’s 2011 Teacher of the Year. Ganahl is the district’s first male elementary teacher to receive the award.

He is a product of Ferguson-Florissant, having attended Griffith Elementary School and graduated from McCluer High School, and lives in the district.

Ganahl earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate from the University of Missouri at St. Louis and a master’s degree in education from Lindenwood University.

Bermuda Principal Alice Aldridge describes Ganahl as a “very dedicated and hard working teacher who strongly believes in the power of working together to reach goals.”

On his application for the award, Ganahl reinforced that description by writing, “My greatest contributions in education are being able to work with teammates to prepare children for future successes. A team has never won with one player.”