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‘Superhero’ Dr. Joycelyn Pugh-Walker will receive a 2023 Stellar Award | Local News | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey


Stellar awardee Dr. Joycelyn Pugh-Walker is a “Superhero” in the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

She serves as the district’s executive director of federal programs, making her responsible for financial planning and managing public and non-public school federal funds for nearly 11,000 students.

This does not mean she sits in an office throughout the day. She is active in district schools and her willingness to help students learn and grow has earned her several recognitions.

She received the 2019 Jerry Paul Youth Advocacy award during Unleashing Potential St. Louis‘ Awards Ceremony, and participated on a Missouri AfterSchool Network panel to discuss the importance of investing in children to keep them safe after school.

She received a cape for being an “Afterschool Superhero” during the Show Me Afterschool Community Conversation.

Pugh-Walker is a graduate of Harvard University but is at home in a classroom as she is in a board room.

She has served as an elementary educator, mentor, instructional coach, and data facilitator in Maplewood-Richmond Heights and the Riverview Gardens School Districts. 

A native St. Louisan and North County native, Pugh-Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in special education, a master’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in Reading, and a doctorate in education policy and leadership from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She completed a master’s degree in school administration from Lindenwood University. 

She collaborates with community partners to advocate for out-of-school time support and facilitated the first North County Camp Fair to provide students and families with information about summer camp opportunities. 

As an advocate for child safety prevention, Pugh-Walker obtained the Urban Afterschool Gun Violence Prevention grant to provide safety mechanisms and programming to educate students on gun violence prevention and trauma experienced in the Ferguson-Florissant community.

Dr. Pugh-Walker will be honored during the 36th St. Louis American Foundation Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala on Nov. 4, 2023, at America’s Center.

During the 2022 celebration, about $2.8 million in minority scholarships were presented to high-achieving, under-financed students, and community grants to schools and service organizations.

The foundation and its higher education partners have distributed more than $14 million locally since its inception.

Tickets for the 36th Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship & Awards Gala, Saturday, Nov. 4 at America’s Center, are $125 each or a table of 10 for $1,250, or $175 each for VIP tickets and VIP/Corporate table of 10 for $1,750. Visit stlamerican.com to reserve tickets or call 314-533-8000.

 

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