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Hoech Middle School Science Teacher Honored with Emerson Award

Joe Auteberry Joe Auteberry, a sixth-grade science teacher at Hoech Middle School, was honored with a crystal apple as part of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award on Nov. 12 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

The Emerson Award recognizes St. Louis-area teachers K-college for their vital role in shaping their students’ lives.  He was selected by Ritenour administrators for his contributions to the teaching profession and for his role in the education of Ritenour students.

Hoech Principal Dr. Terrance Peterson said Auteberry is a teacher who is passionate about helping students become excited about science by challenging their critical thinking with relevant, hands-on learning experiences. He has been teaching at Hoech for seven years and was the school’s 2017 Diamond Circle Teacher of the Year.  

“Mr. Auteberry is definitely deserving of this award,” said Dr. Peterson. “He builds strong relationships with his students and is highly committed to ensuring their success. He serves as an example of quality teaching.”

In addition to teaching in the classroom, Auteberry sponsors the Hoech Green Club and has received grants so students can grow vegetables in a school garden that they can share with their families. He also co-sponsors the schools’ Junior Game Changers, a student social justice and leadership organization.

Outside the classroom, Auteberry is active on Hoech’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports committee as well as several Ritenour School District committees, including its Equity Initiative and the district’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) initiative. He also is involved in the National Science Teacher’s Association.

Prior to teaching at Hoech, Auteberry taught at a private school in the St. Louis area and at an English immersion school in Puerto Rico. Auteberry received his advanced certification in science education from Washington University, a master’s in teaching from Lindenwood University and bachelor’s at Lincoln Christian University.

As an Emerson award recipient, Auteberry is eligible to apply for grant funding provided by Emerson to support his science curriculum and instruction.

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