Southeast Alumna Honored with Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award

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Patrick Sly, executive vice president of Emerson, presents Lisa Kraus with a 2014 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, Nov. 24, 2014 – Southeast Missouri State University alumna Lisa Kraus of St. Louis, a special education teacher at Pevely (Missouri) Elementary School in the Dunklin R-V School District, recently was awarded a 2014 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

“I am very honored to be acknowledged for the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, and am thankful for all of the opportunities I have been given,” Kraus said. “Seeing the everyday small successes of my students continues to keep me so dedicated and driven. I am happy to make a difference in the lives of my students, as well as the district I work in.”

Ninety-nine local educators were honored at the 2014 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards presented by Emerson Electric. Recipients were selected by their schools’ administration to celebrate their achievements and dedication to the teaching profession. Sherri Lindquist, Pevely Elementary School principal, and the Dunklin R-V administration, nominated Kraus for the award.

A ceremony and reception, where recipients received Tiffany & Co. crystal apples, were held Nov. 16 at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis.

Now in its 25th year, the awards pay tribute to area educators – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – for the vital role they play in shaping students’ lives.

Kraus graduated cum laude from Southeast in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, majoring in exceptional child education.

“My education at Southeast gave me a great foundation for my teaching career,” Kraus said. “I gained much experience through extracurricular activities and clubs, and was surrounded by knowledgeable staff and students.”

She advises Southeast students pursuing teaching careers to always focus on the success of their students.

“Your teaching to-do list will always be never-ending, but it’s important to keep priorities in perspective,” she said.

Kraus along with the other award recipients will have the opportunity to apply for a Gold Star Grant from Emerson, to be presented in spring 2015. 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 $405,000 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 diversified global manufacturer and technology leader headquartered in St. Louis. The Emerson Charitable Trust gave $9.6 million to more than 540 educational organizations and institutions globally for the year ending September 2014.

“Emerson is proud to recognize and celebrate the St. Louis area’s most dedicated educators for their endless commitment to educating and helping our students achieve the highest level of success,” said Patrick J. Sly, Emerson executive vice president. “These outstanding individuals have laid the foundation for our students to become future leaders who enable our communities to grow and prosper.”

Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions.