Wesleyan Alumna Named “Teacher of the Year” at Daviess County Public Schools

Kentucky Wesleyan Alumna Emily Harpenau ’11 was recently named “Teacher of the Year” for high school teachers at Daviess County Public Schools in Owensboro. Read the information below to learn more about Emily and this prestigious award. 

ahs-toy-emily-harpenauThe 2016 DCPS Great Expectations High School Teacher of the Year is Emily Harpenau, a special services teacher at Apollo High School. Emily Harpenau is efficient, effective and engaging and brings energy, enthusiasm and optimism into her classroom every day. She works to modify assignments and differentiate in a way that allows students to succeed. She meets all students at their own individual levels. Students know that working with Harpenau may be challenging, but they also recognize the benefits of their academic growth under her guidance. She is at her best when she is working with a student who wants to give up. She has a way of inspiring and motivating students that is truly incredible to witness. Students respond to her; they like her. As a result, she is able to push them to achieve at their highest levels and meet the great expectations she has for each and every one of them. She goes above and beyond in the classroom and around Apollo High School and challenges her students to live up to their full potential. She also pushes her coworkers to be better teachers. As a result of working with Emily Harpenau, her colleagues are better educators as well. 

Candidates for Customer Service and Office Professional Awards were submitted to a district-level committee last spring and were evaluated on the basis of nomination materials. Winners will receive a $1,000 purchase order for professional use; designated parking place for one year; and will represent the district as nominees for statewide honors sponsored by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.

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