MRH Superintendent Receives Excellence in Education Award
In recognition of her dedication to education and leadership in the classroom and the community, MRH Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen I. Hall has been selected to receive a 2020 Excellence in Education Award from the St. Louis American Foundation. The honor will be bestowed at the 33rd Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship & Awards Virtual Gala on October 17 on the St. Louis American’s homepage, Facebook and YouTube channel. There will be seven other Excellence in Education awardees, all of whom will receive an educator grant for $500.
Dr. Hall -- who announced in June that she will retire from MRH at the end of this school year -- has spent the better part of three decades pouring herself into public education. She has been a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, an assistant superintendent, and for the last eight years has served as the superintendent of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District. Under Dr. Hall’s leadership, MRH has risen up as a district centered around the quest for equity for all students.
In the District's nominating letter, MRH Alternative Programs Coordinator Melissa Fuoss wrote: "Her vision is one of dismantling the status quo and using systems-based thinking to eliminate disparities. A district-wide social justice initiative that proclaims MRHt’s mission to both acknowledge the barriers that stand in the way of equity and focus on the power of community is evidence of Dr. Hall’s success. She continues to work tirelessly to create a framework designed to ensure all teachers have the tools they need to do their own personal work around identity and racism. As the coordinator of alternative programs, I saw her ability to think strategically about how to create and sustain programs focused on serving our students who are victims of trauma, struggle academically, or just need a different path toward graduation. She is a fierce advocate for social/emotional learning and takes the time to listen to the individual student stories that shape our work. She grew and maintained partnerships with agencies dedicated to educating the whole child and organized an employee-based board for the district’s Weekend on Wheels program which delivers food to more than 70 families in the district. Dr. Hall wants the students of MRH to be well fed, well loved, well supported, and well educated."
The St. Louis American Newspaper will publish profiles on the Excellence in Education awardees in a September issue as well as a major feature story later in the commemorative tabloid in the American published the week of the virtual gala.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.