Lexie Cuppett of the Triad School District has received the Emerson Excellence In Teaching Award.
The program, sponsored by Emerson, annually recognizes more than 100 educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area who are examples of excellence in their field. Recipients are selected by the chief administrators of their school districts or educational institutions.
Cuppett was honored at the Triad School Board meeting on Monday, September 28.
She started with the district in January 2007 as a special education teacher. She has worked both at St. Jacob and Silver Creek as a cross-categorical teacher with students who have a wide array of disabilities. She implements individualized plans for all her students.
“Students who have been in Mrs. Cuppett’s class have made significant gains because of her patience, diligence, and resilience,” said a post on the District’s website. “Additionally, she has built strong rapport and relationships with the parents of her students. Administration, parents, teachers, students, and staff respect her and consider her a positive role model. Even when there are tough days, she maintains an optimistic attitude and strives to always do what is best for students.”
In addition, Cuppett has been working with the Special Olympics organization since 2008 which started with one athlete. Currently, there are now 26 students who are part of the Triad Special Olympics Team. She has organized practices and competitions in bocce ball, track and field, soccer and basketball skills, snowshoeing and bowling, according to the site.
The award recognizes educators for their leadership in and passion for teaching, their contributions to student learning, and their knowledge and creativity.