Building Recognition Fifth Grade Center Staff Staff Awards

Art Teacher Emily Taylor Recognized with March Excellence in Education Award

Emily Taylor, an art teacher at the Fifth Grade Center, received the March 2016 Excellence in Education Award at the March 28 Board of Education Meeting. Congratulations to Emily on this prestigious recognition!

Emily began working for the Ladue School District as an art teacher at Ladue Middle School—back when it was Ladue Junior High—in the Fall of 1996.

Emily is known in her building for putting in extra effort every day by finding ways to help all of her students become engaged and find success. Fifth Grade Center Principal Julie Helm said that Emily accomplishes this by building confidence in those students who feel that they “can’t” and by challenging those students who love art to become better and try new ways of being creative.

Not only is Emily constantly on the search for the latest trends and most effective teaching strategies in art, but she also reaches out to community members and the Ladue Education Foundation to support her innovative ideas.

Emily is also a strong supporter of building community in the Fifth Grade Center. She is a believer in character development and providing student leadership opportunities. Every year, she coordinates the building’s ‘Due Time for a Cure campaign, a huge undertaking that not only raises thousands of dollars for Siteman Cancer Center but also brings the student body together as a community.

Emily can always be counted on to do whatever needs to be done—in the classroom, in the building and in the school district. She is an amazing teacher and staff member!

Emily is a native of St. Louis. She and her husband, Joe, have been together 20 years and have three children: Hayes, 15, at Ladue Horton Watkins High School; Mason, 12, at Ladue Middle School and Sullivan, 8, at Reed Elementary.

Emily received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and her Master’s of Arts in Teacher Communication from Webster University.