Six Webster Alumni Receive Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards

| November 20, 2012

In addition to faculty member Allan MacNeill, professor, History, Politics, and International Relations, six Webster University alumni were also among the 93 local educators honored with 2012 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards. Recipients were selected by their schools’ administration to celebrate their achievements and dedication to the teaching profession. A ceremony and reception was held at the Ritz-Carlton on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Among the Webster University alumni who received the award:

Constance M. Bachmann
Archdiocese/St. Louis School District
Most Sacred Heart School, Kindergarten – 8th Grade
Social Studies, Art, Enrichment

Jena C. Bohn
Festus R-6 School District
Festus High School, 9th – 12th Grade
Special Education

Wayne Hesse
Lutheran Elementary School Association
Green Park Lutheran School, 6th – 8th Grade
Mathematics

Denise Stevens
Meramec Valley R-III School District
Zitzman Elementary School
Reading Specialist

Tracy Childress
Northwest R-I School District
Northwest High School, 9th – 12th Grade
Social Studies

Janice Wenger
Rockwood School District
Center for Creative Learning, 3rd – 5th Grade
Gifted Education

Together, these Webster alumni are examples of how the Webster University School of Education provides students with the knowledge, experiences and practical tools to guide themselves and others toward life-long learning.

“Quality teachers are instrumental in helping students achieve the highest level of success,” said Patrick J. Sly, Emerson executive vice president. “And their achievements ultimately enable our communities to grow, companies to succeed and increase jobs, and provide more progressive employment opportunities in the future.”

Award recipients are also given an opportunity to apply for a Gold Star Grant from Emerson, which will be presented in spring 2013. Honorees from this year and the past five years are eligible to apply for the competitive grants, which are designed to fund educational projects that reflect the pillars of the Emerson brand – technology, innovation and leadership.

Since 2006, Emerson has awarded $295,000 to area educators and schools through the Gold Star Grant program. The Excellence in Teaching Awards program is sponsored annually by St. Louis-based Emerson, a diversified global manufacturer and technology leader. Emerson and the Emerson Charitable Trust gave $10.6 million to more than 700 educational organizations and institutions globally for the year ending September 2012.

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