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Rockwood Educators Among Those Honored with Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards

Rockwood grade-level teachers of the year were among St. Louis-area educators honored at the Emerson 30th annual Excellence in Teaching Awards program Nov. 17. 

Rockwood high school Teacher of the Year Andrew Ribbing, middle school Teacher of the Year Meghan Menchella and elementary school Teacher of the Year Ali Pennycuick were among more than 100 educators honored at the event. Emerson recognizes classroom instructors, selected by their schools' administrators, for their accomplishments and dedication to their students and the teaching profession. 

Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award recipients, who teach grades K–12, have the opportunity to apply for a Gold Star Grant from Emerson. 

"The role and importance of teachers in shaping young people's lives cannot be overstated. Emerson's Excellence in Teaching Awards provide an opportunity for our company to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the best teachers from across the St. Louis area," said David J. Rabe, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Emerson. "We are very proud to recognize our 30th annual class of Excellence in Teaching honorees, who give their time and talents unconditionally to their students." 

Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles attended the event. 

"The recognition of teaching excellence is always a worthy endeavor," said Miles. "It focuses on the relationships our teachers build with students every day in bringing alive content, creativity and innovation in the classroom. We are certainly very proud of Meghan, Andrew and Ali and their efforts in Rockwood School District."