The Waukee Community Schools Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence has been awarded to Emily House, 9th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher at Prairieview School. Mrs. House was nominated by two of her fellow teachers for the award, honoring one Waukee teacher every year who exemplifies innovation, integrity, and leadership in the classroom. Board members of the Waukee Community School Foundation, Jolisa Fagen from GreenState Credit Union, Prairieview principal Mark Stallman, and students helped surprise Mrs. House with her award on Wednesday morning.

Prairieview teacher Sheena Grove wrote in her nomination form: “Emily House is the kind of teacher who will never be done trying, doing, and seeking to create relevant experiences for students. She does things differently every year, in a conscious effort to create windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors for the students in front of her. Because they change every year, so do her strategies. She’s seeking students out for their ideas, asking for their feedback, and they know, without a doubt, that they are loved in her space. It is palpable and her use of so many types of media to target the kinds of skills and mindsets they’ll need to enter a diverse and fast-paced world never cease.”

Amanda Mahr, 9th Grade Speech teacher, had equally wonderful things to say about Mrs. House. “Emily loves her students like they are her own kids. She loves them unconditionally with tough love and high expectations. She seeks students out when they are struggling instead of waiting for them to come to her. She grows their confidence and advocacy in the ways she shows up for them emotionally and academically. She’s consistently in-tune and responsive to her students’ needs. This has already been a challenging year- for all of us- but Emily has been keenly aware of her students’ needs – both academically and emotionally. Emily’s constantly adapting to the gaps in her students’ learning due to instructional time lost last spring, and reminding colleagues of this as well! Because of this, she is continuously meeting her learners where they are at while still keeping the standards and their high expectations in mind.”

The Waukee Community Schools Foundation is thrilled to recognize Mrs. House for her outstanding efforts to connect with students, cultivate relationships, and create a loving and nurturing atmosphere for all children to learn. She will receive $1,000 for her classroom and will be honored during our April 17th virtual event (register here.)