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Northwest Missouri State University


Alumni Spotlight

Nov. 22, 2016

Alumna, St. Louis-area educator honored for teaching excellence

Jan Hoth, an alumna of Northwest Missouri State University, was honored Nov. 13 among 100 St. Louis-area educators to receive an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Now in its 27th year, the awards pay tribute to area educators – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – for their achievements and dedication to the field of education. Hoth earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Northwest in 2005 and is a language arts instructor at Northwest High School in Cedar Hill, Missouri.

Recipients are selected by their schools’ administration to honor their accomplishments and steadfast dedication to the teaching profession. They received engraved Tiffany & Co. crystal apple boxes during the ceremony and reception at the Ritz-Carlton.

“Emerson is proud to honor the most dedicated educators in the St. Louis area who are striving to create bright futures for all of their students,” Emerson Executive Vice President Patrick J. Sly said. “We are delighted to support these smart, talented men and women who are an inspiration both inside and outside the classroom.”

Award recipients will have the opportunity to apply for a Gold Star Grant from Emerson, to be presented in spring 2017. Honorees from this year and the past five years are eligible to apply for the competitive grants, which are designed to fund educational projects that reflect the pillars of the Emerson brand – technology, innovation and leadership. Since 2006, Emerson has awarded $500,000 to area teachers and schools through the Gold Star Grant program.

The Excellence in Teaching Awards program began in 1989 and is sponsored annually by Emerson, a global technology and engineering leader headquartered in St. Louis. Emerson and its charitable trust fund the Excellence in Teaching and Gold Star Grant programs. Under its charitable trust, the company donated $9.5 million to more than 590 education programs, individual schools and scholarship recipients globally for the year ending in September.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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