Hopkins Award Presented to EMS Social Studies Teacher

Feb 4, 2016 | District News Release

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EMS Teacher Amanda Schaefer Wins Hopkins Award

Emporia Middle School teacher Amanda Schaefer received a $2,000 Hopkins Award today during a school assembly. She is a sixth grade social studies teacher and one of five Hopkins Award recipients so far this school year.

The presentation was made by Carol and Justin Hopkins, representing the E.L. & Z. Irene Hopkins Foundation.  In addition to the $2,000 cash award, Schaefer will receive another $1,000 to spend on something to benefit a specific school or district program.

With these latest awards, the Hopkins Foundation has given approximately $374,000 to 190 teachers and support staff members in the Emporia schools since the inception of the awards in 2002. The awards program was a dream of Molinaro’s grandfather, E.L. Hopkins, as a way to reward educators.

Hopkins Award nominations can be submitted anytime during the year by parents, student and staff. An online nomination form is posted on the homepage of the district website, A selection committee meets at least quarterly to review nominations and select winners.


The recipients of the award are individuals who have gone above and beyond their normal job responsibilities. Winners exemplify one or more of these criteria:

  • Innovation/Initiative/Simplification that demonstrates leadership or participation in a project or process of improvement that aligns with the district mission and/or streamlines operations.
  • Collaboration as one team, school or district that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to teamwork by thinking creatively, removing internal boundaries and communicating effectively.
  • Noteworthy Service that is extraordinary and exceeds expectations.
  • Inspiring others to try new things or excel in new ways.
  • Commitment to excellence in any endeavor that enhances the workplace and creates a positive work environment and culture of learning.


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