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WSD Educators Receive Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award

Two teachers in the WSD have received a 2020 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, joining an elite group of teachers from across the St. Louis region. Rene Wilson, second grade teacher at Journey Elementary and Lauren Farrelly, French teacher at Liberty, have been recognized for their outstanding and innovative work in the classroom on behalf of students, their passion for teaching, and their impact on student learning.



Ms. Wilson has worked for the WSD since 2011. Mrs. Terri Politte, Journey Elementary Assistant Principal shared that Rene is a trailblazer in social emotional learning who has taken it upon herself to research how to support students’ needs in her classroom. “Ms. Wilson is very deserving of this award as she always goes above and beyond to support her students and colleagues. We are blessed to have her as a part of our team at Journey Elementary.”



Mrs. Farrelly has worked for the WSD since 2005 and is the World Languages Department Chair and French teacher at Liberty High School. Dr. Ed Nelson, Principal of Liberty High School shared that Farrelly is known for building strong relationships with students and encouraging them to embrace and understand French culture. “Lauren Farrelly is a world-class teacher and a fine human being, we are proud that she has been recognized by the Emerson organization.”



Typically, recipients of this award are honored at an awards ceremony and reception at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton. This year, recipients have received their award by special delivery and will be recognized in a commemorative advertisement that will appear in the Sunday edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on November 22, 2020. This is the 31st annual recognition of educators by Emerson, which has its world headquarters in St. Louis, as part of its commitment to promote quality education throughout our community.


Rene Wilson


Lauren Farrelly