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Triad’s Brendel Gets Emerson Award

by Randy Pierce

TROY — Triad High School technical education teacher Andrew Brendel is one of 99 educators from throughout the St. Louis region to receive an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award for 2023.

Brendel and the others so recognized have been honored with this award for their accomplishments and steadfast dedication to the teaching profession. Each award recipient was presented with an engraved Tiffany & Co. crystal apple box.

Those getting the award, according to information provided by the global technology and engineering company headquartered in St. Louis, were selected by their schools’ administrations.

The Emerson Excellence in Teaching award program began in 1989 with support from the corporation’s charitable trust fund that has been the source of over $8.3 million in donations to educational programs, individual schools and scholarship recipients.

Brendel’s specific area of concentration at Triad finds him providing leadership and instruction in technology and engineering education while also heading up the school’s “Project Lead The Way” which is designed to assure student success in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, parts of curriculums better known as STEM.

Having 20-plus years of teaching experience at the secondary level, Brendel also serves as director of career and technical education for all of Triad Community Unit School District 2 which encompasses the communities of Troy, St. Jacob and Marine. In that role, he has provided planning and development responsibilities for the establishment of technology education classes for local seventh and eighth graders.

With his additional responsibilities including duty as head coach of the Triad cross country team and the school’s robotics program, Brendel holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology education from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston plus a masters in educational leadership and education (general) from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he also earned a doctorate in education leadership in 2022.

He has endorsements in teaching, grades six through 12 and, for grades kindergarten through 12, both general administration and superintendent.

“Dedicated and passionate teachers have a profound, long-lasting impact on their students,” said Akberet Boykin Farr, vice president of diversity and social responsibility for Emerson. “Their unwavering commitment to ignite students’ passion for learning and empower them to overcome challenges in and out of the classroom is commendable. For those reasons and many others, we are excited and privileged to recognize 99 teachers as this year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards honorees. Congratulations to all our honorees on this much-deserved recognition.”

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