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2016 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Honorees from Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis

The Catholic Education Center has announced that four out of more than 2,000 full-time Catholic school educators will be honored this year with the prestigious 2015 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. They join 96 other St. Louis metropolitan area educators “from kindergarten to college professors—who are examples of excellence in their field,” according to the Emerson website.

Recipients are selected by the chief administrators of their school districts. 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.

In a memo sent to all principals last week, Dr. Kurt Nelson, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis wrote, “I am pleased to announce the 2015 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awardees representing Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. These educators represent the standard of excellence held by Catholic school administrators and teaching colleagues across the Archdiocese.”

“The Catholic Education Center is most grateful to Emerson for its sponsorship of this recognition program, and celebrates with this year’s honorees, their school and parish communities, their families and friends.”

“Each honoree has been invited to attend a special award ceremony on November 22, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton. All Emerson teachers have received a personal letter from Emerson informing them of their award along with an invitation to the award ceremony and reception for them and one guest.”

This year’s Emerson Teachers of Excellence:

  • Ms. Jennifer Jung--Holy Cross Academy – Our Lady of Providence Campus, Grade 3 (Self-Contained Classroom)
  • Mr. Kevin O’Brien--Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School, Mathematics
  • Ms. Julie Thompson--St. Ann Catholic School, Math and Social Studies, Grades 6-8
  • Ms. Sarah Weber--Ste. Genevieve du Bois School, Grade 5 (4-6 English)

Emerson, which has its world headquarters in St. Louis, has sponsored this program since 1989 as part of its commitment to promote quality education throughout the St. Louis area.

Back to State - Notre Dame’s WYSE Places 1st at Sectional

 Front, left to right, Coach S. Celine Schumacher, Lucia P., Sydney B., Patricia L., Jeri O. and Madelon B. Back, left to right, Karen M., Ellen D., Abby F., Jade L., Annie M., Julia King, Jacqueline M., Zoe S. and  Anna D.

 By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations 

Notre Dame’s WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) Team competed in the sectionals at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley on March 6, and proudly brought home the 1st place trophy with a team score of 496 out of 500.

The first place finish qualifies the entire team to advance to the April 14 state finals held at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO. This is Notre Dame’s 5th year of participation in the WYSE Academic Challenge, and their 3rd trip to the state finals. Notre Dame’s best finish was 3rd in state in 2012.

Members of the WYSE team and their Sectional Medalists:

Madelon B. – 3rd Chemistry
Sydney B.– 1st Biology, 2nd Chemistry
Ellen D. – 3rd Physics
Anna D. – 3rd Computer Science
Abby F.
ulia K.
Patricia L.– 1st Math
Jade L.– 2nd Physics, 3rd Math
Jacqueline M. – 2nd English
Karen M.
Annie M. – 1st Math, 2nd Physics
Jeri O. – 2nd Biology, 2nd Chemistry
Lucia P. – 1st English
Zoe Schardan




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