Two FHSD Teachers Receive Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award

Posted on 10/01/2018
Two FHSD Teachers Receive Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award

FHSD teachers Julie Eckhoff and Andrea Head join an elite group of St. Louis area educators selected to receive the 2018 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes teachers for their passion for teaching, their impact on student learning, and their knowledge and creativity in the classroom. The recipients are chosen for their outstanding contributions to the teaching profession and to the students they teach.

Julie Eckhoff has worked in FHSD since 1999 and teaches in the primary essential skills classroom at Henderson Elementary. In addition to the usual metrics for student success, Julie also measures growth in smiles, hugs, and watching her students move up through the grade levels. She makes “I can” videos to start off
Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, and provides a warm and loving learning environment. She consults with occupational and physical therapists and brings that knowledge into her classroom. She has a team of paraprofessionals that she trains day in and day out to help each student achieve more and “reach for the stars.”  

“Julie helps take each child’s unique personality and mold them into fine young citizens, playing to each child’s strengths,” said Henderson Principal Dr. Jennette Barker. “Julie has so many talents and facilitates learning for some of our most vulnerable students.  Henderson is a great big place for these new elementary students, yet they all are welcomed and encouraged where goal setting is a priority.”

Andrea Head has been a Library Media Specialist at FHC for nine years. She is a multi-talented professional who is a pioneer in her field, and she has transformed the idea of a quiet library into a collaborative common learning space with all of newest technology and resources for students and staff to access on a daily basis. She is a respected presenter at various media specialist conferences, including METC and ISTE and is always striving to improve herself. With her team, she has developed a program that showcases innovative learning techniques that have been proven to enhance all subjects at the secondary level. Andrea and her team also lead out Real World Wednesdays, which are engaging sessions that focus on life lessons for teens to apply beyond FHC in their daily routines.

“Her passion for teaching and learning is evident in all that she does,” said Assistant Principal Brian Warner. “Whether she is working with Epsilon Beta to promote literacy, conceptualizing lessons with teachers, or pushing into classrooms to model new technology, Andrea Head is promoting greatness within the walls of FHC. As a lifelong learner, she is an inspiration to us all.”

The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards program, sponsored by Emerson, annually recognizes more than 100 educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – who are examples of excellence in their field.

 


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