The Excellence Program was the brainchild of Hal and Catherine Faught. Hal was the grandfather of two Wilson alumni. Catherine continues to be a beloved supporter of Wilson.
In 2006, the Faughts pledged a $2 million endowment to The Wilson School – the largest single gift to an academic program ever given in Missouri history to an elementary school. Through this generous planned gift, the Excellence Program at Wilson was created.
Currently, the program is funded through a dollar-for-dollar matching grant. This program allows us to live the Faughts’ mantra every day at Wilson with our students and staff. Through the generosity of the Faughts, Wilson parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends, the Excellence Program sets The Wilson School apart from all other elementary schools throughout the St. Louis region.
To make an online charitable contribution to this program, click here.
"Do everything with a spirit of excellence."
One key way we foster our exceptional educators is by investing twice the resources in their development versus other area schools. Almost half of Excellence Program funding is allocated for ongoing professional development for faculty and staff, allowing every teacher to attend conferences and workshops to inspire new ideas. Wilson also selects an Excellence Award Honoree from among the faculty to recognize innovative and exceptional projects – an award funded by the Excellence Program.
Excellence Award Honorees
2021 - Debbie Wilhelms
2020 - Laurie Finkenkeller, Kevin McGinnis, & Melika Panneri
2019 - Angela Zinkl
2018 - Michael Taylor
2016 - Diane Signor and Mary Beth Tipton
2015 – Melika Panneri
2014 – Charla Gray and Joseph Thomas
2013 – Michael Hinkebein
2012 – Joana Ocros-Ritter and Linda Noel
2010 – Rebecca Donaldson
2009 – Mark Wooley
2008 – Laurie Finkenkeller and Melika Panneri