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Schwendemann Named as District 50 Teacher of the Year

k Emerald Science teacher Meredith Schwendemann was recognized as District 50’s District Teacher of the Year at the August Board meeting at Emerald High School. Schwendemann received a standing ovation, along with a mixture of cheers and applause after the announcement was made.

“I am honored and a little shocked to receive this award because there are so many outstanding teachers in our district,” Schwendemann said after receiving her award. “I wouldn’t be standing here tonight without the hard work and support of the Emerald family. I came here six years ago and they embraced me. I’m so happy to be here and honored to be representing District 50 as the Teacher of the Year.”

Schwendemann has worked in District 50 at Emerald for the last six years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and her Masters degree in Secondary Science from Truman State University.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and former Emerald Principal Brad Nickles was excited about Schwendemann’s recognition.

“Mrs. Schwendemann is determined, engaging, and compassionate,” Nickles explained. “She engages her students with every lesson that she teaches. She is a total team player serving as not only a teacher, but also a coach, mentor, and leader at Emerald. Her service to others at Emerald, District 50, and in the community is second to none.”

“Mrs. Schwendemann is an exceptional educator and very deserving of this honor,” Superintendent Steve Glenn stated. “She has a proven track record in our district of making a difference in the lives of students and staff. She is an exceptional educator because of the quality relationships she creates with her students and staff!”