More than 100 local educators were honored during Emerson’s 30th annual Excellence in Teaching Awards ceremony on Nov.17 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Clayton. The event recognizes classroom instructors, selected by their schools’ administrators, for their accomplishments and dedication to their students and the teaching profession.
This year’s recipients include Keith Mug, Chaminade College Preparatory; Lindsay Klasing, Chesterfield Day; Lisa Donald, Living Water Academy; Melissa Gebhard, Parkway South High; Tony Dwiggins, Parkway West Middle; Meghan Menchella, Crestview Middle; Andrew Ribbing, Eureka High, Ali Pennycuick, Ridge Meadows Elementary; Michelle Wirick, Valley Park Elementary; and Allen Schwamb, Westminster Christian Academy.
The Excellence in Teaching Awards program began in St. Louis in 1989 and is sponsored annually by Emerson, the St. Louis-headquartered global technology and engineering company. Excellence in Teaching Award recipients, who teach students in kindergarten through grade 12, have the opportunity to apply for a Gold Star Grant from Emerson. These competitive grants fund educational projects that reflect the key pillars of Emerson’s identity – technology, innovation and leadership. Since 2006, Emerson has awarded $669,000 to area teachers and schools through its Gold Star Grant program.