FHN Teacher Dawn Hahn Receives Missouri HOSA Educator Excellence Award

Posted on 04/12/2021
From left to right: Ben Ell, Dawn Hahn, Dr. Nathan Hostetler


Francis Howell North science teacher Dawn Hahn recently received the Missouri HOSA (Future Health Professionals) Educator Excellence Award. She was nominated by one of her students, senior Ben Ell, who wanted to recognize Hahn for all that she has done for him and other students.

Ell always had an interest in pursuing a career in medicine, but it was Hahn who noticed his natural leadership skills and encouraged him to run for state office through HOSA. 

“She always placed an unwavering belief in me, providing me with a confidence I didn't think I could ever achieve,” shared Ell. “I take risks and put myself into new situations, like running and being elected to state office in HOSA, largely because she made me feel capable.”

As a result of Hahn’s encouragement, Ell is currently serving as the Missouri HOSA state president and has just recently been elected as the Vice President of the post-secondary chapter of Missouri State HOSA.

Just like Ell, Hahn says she owes her own success in life to teachers and coaches she had while in high school. 

“I really didn’t have a path in my future that I saw. They let me see that there were other things out there that I didn’t really see for myself,” said Hahn. 

Years later, Hahn is passing on that same wisdom and guidance to her own students.

Dawn Hahn holds HOSA Award“Mrs. Hahn emphasizes self-discovery in her classroom, allowing her students to take ownership of their education,” said Ell. “Her classes taught me to utilize resources and pursue my interests actively, instead of passively hoping they occur. She also showed me how to take action and ownership of my goals, as I actively seek opportunities to better myself and my community.”

After 19 years of teaching in FHSD, Hahn will be retiring at the end of the school year. 

“Dawn is a remarkable educator,” said FHN principal Dr. Nathan Hostetler. We’re really proud of what she has done and we are certainly going to miss her.”

While the students will miss their beloved science teacher, Hahn’s impact will certainly be long-lasting. 

“I don’t remember all of the things that my high school coaches and teachers taught me,” said Hahn “But I remember the way they treated me and the way they talked to me.”

It is evident that Hahn’s belief in her students, like Ell, will be what they remember most in the years to come.

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