Rhonda Weller-Stilson, director and associate dean of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, was honored with a 2016 Educator of the Year Award Oct. 18 by the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce.
Weller-Stilson was among five outstanding educators honored at the Educator Appreciation Reception hosted by Southeast Missouri State University at the Show Me Center. The honorees were awarded the prestigious Crystal Apple Award, a $500 check, resolutions of honor from the Missouri Legislature, and a commemorative video at the reception.
“It is an honor to receive this award,” Weller-Stilson said. “I couldn’t do what I do without the fantastic students we have at Southeast and the wonderful people I work with everyday. It truly is a team effort. I am so lucky to work in a profession that I love.”
This is the 23rd year the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce has honored well-deserving area educators with the Educator of the Year Awards. The selection process opened for nominations in late April and nominees submitted applications in July. A selection committee, made up of volunteers from the Cape Chamber membership, determine the winners every year. Selection criteria encompassed their efforts in professional development, educational history, teaching effectiveness, and community involvement.
Other 2016 Educators of the Year honored were:
Pat Kuper, Cape Central High School
Charles Lindberg, Blanchard Elementary
Carol Strattman, St. Mary Cathedral School
Jeff Worley, Notre Dame Regional High School
The Educator of the Year Award serves as a way for the business community to honor the hard work and dedication of area educators. The Educator Appreciation Reception was supported by many generous companies and organizations, including title sponsor, Wood & Huston.