Crying may not be the emotion you expect a person to have when they are notified of good news, but that was the exact emotion an area teacher displayed upon realizing she was being honored for her dedication to education.
The St. Louis American Foundation selected Tiffany Fane, a seventh grade science teacher at Hazelwood East Middle School in the Hazelwood School District, as one of its Salute to Excellence in Education winners.
“I am grateful,” Fane said in a statement about winning the award. “Before I finished reading the e-mail about my selection, tears were streaming down my face.
"I am overjoyed to have been chosen for such a prestigious honor.”
Fane and seven other St. Louis area educators will be recognized at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 26th Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala on September 13.
Fane has taught at East Middle for the last 10 years, and was a middle school science teacher in the St. Louis Public Schools prior to that.
Fane was named HEMS 2007 teacher of the year and she was also a semi-finalist in the Loeb excellence in teaching science and mathematics program. In 2010, she was a St. Louis Science Center Paleotrek scholarship award recipient. In 2011 and 2012, Fane was selected to serve as a National Endowment for Humanities Summer Scholar.
HSD is near and dear to her heart. Fane is a Hazelwood West High School alumna.