10 area teachers awarded Emerson Gold Star Grants

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Ten area teachers have been awarded Gold Star Grants from Emerson Electric Company totaling $55,000.

Marian Middle School, LaVerna Evans Elementary School, Lexington Elementary School, Koch Elementary School and Rosati-Kain High School teachers received the awards through a competitive process which support a number of projects. All of the recipients have been past winners in the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Here is a list of the winners and their project proposal:

  • Heather Olson, a teacher at Marian Middle School in St. Louis, developed the "Understanding Physical Disabilities" project, and she will receive $2,500. Students will build a wheelchair ramp using the Pythagorean Theorem and meet those with disabilities. Marian Middle School will receive an additional $2,500.
  • Debbie Hargrove, a fourth-grade teacher at LaVerna Evans Elementary School in O'Fallon, Ill., will receive $2,500 to help fund her Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Museum project. The funding will help bring Mobile Ed Productions STEM Museum to the school for a more interactive and engaging experience. LaVerna Evans Elementary will get an additional $2,500.
  • Teachers Russell Arms, Timberly Walton, Marsha Smith-Atkins and Robin Ward of Lexington Elementary School in St. Louis will receive $10,000 to fund The Snapshot of the Day project. The plan is to encourage healthy physical and healthy eating habits by using modern technology. iPads will help students set and track individual nutrition goals and physical activity. Lexington will also receive $5,000.
  • Rachelle Wilson and Holly Redman of Koch Elementary School will receive a $10,000 grant for their capstone program through Junior Achievement called JA Biztown. The program will allow students to learn basic business practices, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. An Additional $5,000 will go to Koch Elementary School.
  • Rosati-Kain High School physics and chemistry teachers Lauren Lester and Karen Daues will receive $10,000 to develop the Science and Technology interpreted through Engineering and the Arts initiative. Students will be able to learn about traditional STEM elements using fine arts. For example, students will attend a Six Flags Physics Day, where students study amusement park rides in motion and the use of accelerometers. Rosati-Kain High School will receive an additional $5,000

For more information on the Gold Star Grant awards or the Excellence in Teaching Awards, check out the Emerson corporate website.


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