5 UMSL alumni honored with Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards

UMSL alumni win Emerson teaching awards

UMSL alumni (top, from left) Jamie Buchner, Julie Eckhoff, (bottom from left) Deborah Meyer, Steven Spoljaric and Fawn Ruch (not pictured) earned Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards. (Photos courtesy of Emerson)

Emerson, the St. Louis-based global technology and engineering company, honored five University of Missouri–St. Louis alumni at its annual Excellence in Teaching Awards ceremony and reception, held Nov. 11 at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.

Each fall, Emerson recognizes area educators, selected by their schools’ administrators, who display steadfast dedication to the teaching profession. This year, UMSL alumni Jamie Buchner of Fort Zumwalt West High School, Julie Eckhoff of Henderson Elementary, Deborah Meyer of Orchard Farm High, Fawn Ruch of Northwest High and Steven Spoljaric of Bayless Junior High were among the 109 educators honored.

All the awardees received an engraved Tiffany & Co. crystal apple box at the ceremony, and they will all have the opportunity to apply for a Gold Star Grant from Emerson. The grants are designed to fund educational projects in technology, innovation and leadership – the pillars of the Emerson brand – and will be awarded in the spring.

“Every year, Emerson looks forward to honoring and recognizing the outstanding teachers in the greater St. Louis area,” said David J. Rabe, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Emerson. “Their role in our community is vital and irreplaceable, and we are delighted to celebrate their achievements through this annual awards program.”

More than 50 UMSL alumni have earned Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards over the past five years.


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