Francis Howell School District teachers Gail Anderson and Karey Fitzpatrick joined a select group of St. Louis area educators chosen to receive the 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.
Gail Anderson, a physical education teacher at Henderson Elementary, has been a member of the Francis Howell community for 26 years. Through her doctoral work, she is giving students more opportunities than ever before to attend PE classes in a weekly rotation by restructuring the class schedule. Now, over the course of one quarter, students attend PE 26 out of 40 days as opposed to 14 out of 40 days.
“Due to her creative problem-solving and outside the box thinking, she was able to work within the existing structure to make the curriculum and its implementation better for students,” said Henderson Principal Dr. Jennette Barker.
Karey Fitzpatrick has served Francis Howell High School as the choir teacher and director for 14 years. During her time at Francis Howell High, she has grown the choir program and enrollment in her classes to new levels. Students in her classes compete both locally and at the state level. Fitzpatrick doesn’t just focus on music; she also puts a strong emphasis on character and leadership development. This year, she has become an integral part of the Viking Leadership Academy that is focused on developing student leaders within the building.
“Mrs. Fitzpatrick’s commitment to developing the entire student has led to the positive growth of students both in and out of the classroom,” said Dr. Dave Wedlock, Francis Howell High principal.
The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards program, sponsored by Emerson, annually recognizes more than 100 educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area.