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Two Francis Howell educators receive teaching excellence award

By: Ellen Lampe


Julie Eckhoff [left] and Andrea Head

Julie Eckhoff and Andrea Head, with the Francis Howell School District, have joined 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. 

Julie Eckhoff has worked in the Francis Howell School District since 1999 and teaches in the primary essential skills classroom at Henderson Elementary. She consults with occupational and physical therapists and brings that knowledge into her classroom. She has a team of paraprofessionals that she trains 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.”

Andrea Head has been a Library Media Specialist at Francis Howell Central High for nine years. A pioneer in her field, she has transformed the idea of a quiet library into a collaborative common learning space. 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 Real World Wednesdays, engaging sessions that focus on life lessons for teens to apply beyond school.

“Her passion for teaching and learning is evident in all that she does,” said Assistant Principal Brian Warner. “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 annually recognizes educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area  who are examples of excellence in their field.

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