Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award
The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards Program, sponsored by Emerson, annually recognizes more than 100 teachers – from kindergarten to college professors – who are examples of excellence in the field of education in the St. Louis metropolitan area.Recipients are selected by the chief administrators of their school districts or educational institutions. The employing educational institution must be located in the St. Louis metropolitan area, which is defined to include: (in Missouri) Franklin County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County; and (in Illinois) Jersey County, Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County.The Ritenour Emerson Award is awarded to the Diamond Circle first runner up from the previous school year.Colette Love Hilliard, an English language arts teacher at Ritenour High School, was honored with the 2019 Emerson Award.
Emerson Gold Star Grant Program
Current and recent Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award recipients who teach grades K–12 have the opportunity to apply for an Emerson Gold Star Grant. Emerson Gold Star Grants are presented in two categories:
Individual Category (grades K through 12). At least two $2,500 cash grant awards to selected individual teachers, plus a $2,500 grant for each winner’s employing school.
Teamwork Category (grades K through 12). At least one $10,000 cash grant award to a teaching team (two or more teachers, one of which must be an eligible Gold Star Award applicant), plus a $5,000 grant for each winning team’s employing school.
Emerson Excellence Past Honorees
2000 Sue Deines Buder Elementary 2001 Wayne Rathjen Ritenour High School 2002 Catherine Richard Kratz Elementary 2003 Beth Suhayda Iveland Elementary 2004 Yolanda Anderson-Woodard Iveland Elementary 2005 Diane Dowdy Wyland Elementary 2006 Laura Franzen Iveland Elementary 2007 Lisa Hogbin Marvin Elementary 2008 Lisa Williams Ritenour High School 2009 Rebecca Winkler-Leb Marvin Elementary 2010 Jeanna McDermott Marvin Elementary 2011 Holly Kopp Ritenour Middle 2012 Jennifer Carcagno Buder Elementary 2013 Stacey Carman Buder Elementary 2014 Stacey Wilson Wyland Elementary 2015 Mandy Harvell Ritenour Middle 2016 Crystal Sullivan Ritenour Middle 2017 Joe Auteberry Hoech Middle School 2018 Chris LeGrand Hoech Middle School 2019 Collette Love Hilliard Ritenour High School