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WSD's Jennifer Thies Honored With 2022 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award

Nov. 16, 2022

Jennifer (Jenny) Thies, Stone Creek Elementary kindergarten teacher, received a 2022 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, joining an elite group of teachers from across the St. Louis region with this honor. Miss Thies has worked at Stone Creek since its inception in 2017.

“Miss Thies doesn’t settle for being good enough,” said Mrs. Armbruster, Stone Creek principal. “You can hear music, collaboration, and cheering coming from her room. You can’t walk past her room without wanting to stop and go in. Her students are highly engaged at all times.” 

This award recognizes teachers for their outstanding and innovative work in the classroom on behalf of students, passion for teaching, and impact on student learning.

Mrs. Armbruster shared that Miss Thies is constantly searching to find better ways to instruct. She’s been known to work closely with reading interventionists, the Teaching & Learning Department, and the administration to make sure the approach being used for reading instruction is what’s best for students. 

Last year, 100% of her students ended on grade level on the iReady assessment for reading.

This annual recognition of educators by Emerson, the St. Louis-headquartered global technology and engineering company, is part of the company’s commitment to promoting quality education throughout our community. 

The Excellence in Teaching Awards program began in St. Louis in 1989. Recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award who teach grades kindergarten through high school can also apply for a Gold Star Grant from Emerson. These competitive grants fund educational projects that reflect the key pillars of Emerson’s identity – technology, innovation and leadership.


Jennifer (Jenny) Thies, Stone Creek Elementary kindergarten teacher