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Hopkins Awards Presented to Two Emporia High Teachers

Dec 18, 2015 | District News Release

Bob Haselhuhn and Laura Schwinn Are Hopkins Award Winners

Two Emporia High School teachers were recognized as 2015 Hopkins Award winners during Friday night’s basketball game at the high school.

EHS Band Director Bob Haselhuhn and EHS journalism teacher Laura Schwinn each received a $2,000 cash award from Michelle Hopkins-Molinaro, vice president and managing director of the foundation.  In addition, each honoree will receive another $1,000 to spend on something to benefit a specific school or district program.

Haselhuhn joined the district as band director in 2006. Schwinn, an EHS graduate, returned to the high school as a language arts and journalism teacher in 2003EHS Hopkins 3 WEB

With these latest awards, the Hopkins Foundation has given approximately $372,000 to 189 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.

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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, www.usd253.org. A selection committee meets at least quarterly to review nominations and select winners.

Award Criteria

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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