Collinsville High School teacher Vicki Fuhrhop was named an Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. She was one of 100 teachers from the St. Louis area honored.
For the past 27 years, Emerson has honored kindergarten teachers to college professors who are examples of excellence in their field.
Fuhrhop has taught in the CHS Business Department for the past 18 years. She currently teaches Consumer Education, Web & Graphic Design, Introduction to Web Page Design and Photoshop. She is an instructor in the Collinsville Area Vocational Center (CAVC) and dual-credit instructor for Southwest Illinois College (SWIC). She is co-sponsor for the CHS Kahokian Yearbook.
She’s an active member of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Educator Advisory Board where she has presented at several conferences. She has mentored four CHS students selected over the last five years to serve on the Fed’s Student Advisory Board.
For five consecutive years, Fuhrhop has led CHS teams that qualified to compete in the Illinois Personal Finance Challenge State Competition in Chicago, IL. The event is sponsored by Econ Illinois and is designed to recognize students who demonstrate high levels of comprehension and application of personal finance concepts and skills.
“I have a passion for teaching and helping students increase their knowledge and understanding of personal finances and to become financially literate before graduating high school,” says Fuhrhop. She recently received W!SE (Working in Support of Education) Financial Literacy Certification.
A special ceremony and reception were held at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton, MO. Each of the teachers recognized received a certificate and a crystal apple from Tiffany & Co.
Fuhrhop said, “It was a special evening and I feel very humbled to have received this honor.”
In a notification letter to Mrs. Fuhrhop, David N. Farr, Chairman and CEO of Emerson, said, “Emerson is proud to sponsor this program as a way of helping the St. Louis community express our collective admiration and gratitude for your dedication to teaching our area’s young people.”