“She went above and beyond to have fun while teaching. She moved all the chairs and desks out of the room before we got to school for April Fool's Day! Mrs. Dowden is simply one of those teachers that remains in their student's hearts forever. My son, Ryan, had her 3 years ago and now my son, Ben, has her. She is kind, supportive, loving and understanding to all who enter her room. She instilled a love of learning, the environment, and important issues all while learning about her student's own passions. She is truly one of a kind.”
-Ryan and Kari Perman on Wyandot 3rd grader teacher Gloria Dowden
"Gloria Dowden is an incredible teacher and person. She truly makes a difference! My son in college had Mrs. Dowden as his 3rd grade teacher and he still talks fondly about her. No matter when you see her, she always has a smile on her face."
-Kathy Greenwalt on Wyandot 3rd grade teacher Gloria Dowden
"Charla Rae Bartelt is one of the most giving educators I know. She is always searching for ways to motivate students on her caseload, in addition to looking for creative ways to reach alternative learners. She also develops strong relationships with families. Charla Rae truly reaches out and engages families in a way that separates her from her peers. Charla Rae is also an important piece of our staff. She is kind and supportive, and she always looks for the positives in any situation. She is always willing to help out her colleagues. DWE and DCS is a better place because she is in it!"
-Kelli Traber on Wright Intervention Specialist Charla Rae Bartelt
"I have been in his classes for two years now and have witnessed firsthand the love and understanding exhibited by Mr. Hardesty towards his students. Despite the difficult material, he is a charismatic math teacher, successfully engaging students on a daily basis. You can tell he loves his job, is a very hard worker, and always tries to put others before himself. In addition to his 5 consecutive precalculus classes, he seamlessly handles being the varsity golf coach, math department chair, senior class staff representative, and acting in Dublin Scioto's recent production of Into the Woods. His students are always treated as a priority, and you always feel a little bit better after spending time with him. Because of Mr. Hardesty's efforts, he has earned the respect and gratitude from students, parents, and colleagues. Every day I am grateful for having Mr. Hardesty as a teacher. Math teacher aside, I have nothing but admiration for this man."
-Michaela Strausbaugh on Scioto Math Teacher Todd Hardsety
"Stephanie has gone above and beyond in working with the students as well as the parents and staff. But more so with parents to keep us all calm and in the know."
-Sabrina Groth on Thomas kindergarten teacher Stephanie Anders
"She works well with the children and she works just as hard with the parents."
-Anthony Booker on Thomas kindergarten teacher Stephanie Anders
"My son attended Bailey as a peer. His older sister is the complete opposite of him. She is very extroverted and he is extremely introverted. Over time, my husband and I noticed that his sister kind of ran the show and he was her shadow. When asked what he would like for a snack, his response was always "whatever my sister is having." Lisa Gates and her team was the best thing that happened to my son. By the end of the school year last year, he found his voice and confidence. Lisa really took the extra time with him noticing how his brain works, his actions, listening to him, and adapting to ways that best helped our son grow and communicating with us constantly. When the last day came, we were so sad to have to say goodbye to this wonderful, hard working woman who was such a huge inspiration in my son's success. She is such a gift to the Dublin school district and such a passionate teacher. He is a different little man and is exceeding expectations this year in kindergarten and I owe it all to her!"
-Gretchen Proemm on Bailey preschool teacher Lisa Gates
"Megan is a phenomenal teacher who goes above and beyond in her classroom. She does an excellent job connecting educational content to real life situations where the kids can manipulate and use what they are learning to understand their world. Megan shows the students how to be an advocate for change and she works with her class to improve our world and environment. Her third grade class participated in a kindness project this winter and she also worked with her class to reduce waste at our school. Megan embraces inclusion and is an advocate for each child to reach their own best potential. She is an impact teacher that changes lives!"
-Ellen Seif on Deer Run 3rd grade teacher Megan Shalek
"During lunch a distraught parent notified Kate that she thought a student was choking. Kate calmly assessed the situation. Kate then preformed the heimlich maneuver on the student freeing her blocked airway and took her to the clinic. Her calm demeanor enabled her to rely on her training to ensure the safety of the students here at Olde Sawmill."
-Rhonda Hanks on Olde Sawmill Media Specialist Kate Hastings
"Michelle is the friendly face of Coffman. She is so sweet to the student workers. In fact, we always have several students that want to be office workers due to Michelle's kind heart and caring nature. She is a role model for the students on how to treat people when they enter the doors of Coffman. She is friendly and courteous to all. She loves her job and is excellent at it. I'm so happy that I am a part of the Coffman family and Michelle is my co-worker."
-Margie Miller on Coffman Building Secretary Michelle McGovern
"Melody Allen works hard to grow thinkers in her classroom. She successfully implements best practices through Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop. Promoting literacy is what she does best as she helps her students find a passion for language through the endless novels they read, discuss and write about. On our Saturday morning drive to a basketball game, my daughter was able to discuss the ways cause and effect relationships not only occur in everyday life, but also was able to demonstrate how these relationships happen in a piece of text. She brought up the topic and explained how much she had learned in a small group setting during her Language Arts class, described in detail the story, what occurred and why. Her spelling and vocabulary skills have grown tremendously through the word study provided in her daily routine. Most importantly she has a new found appreciation books she is reading and the ability to think deeply about the world around her because discussion of the many themes and topics she encounters during her many hours spent reading is the norm in Mrs. Allen’s class. Mrs. Allen is passionate, caring and kind and has been a life saver for a child who struggled with reading. We have witnessed a tremendous growth in her reading ability as Mrs. Allen has helped her to become more independent with each day."
-Karen Gynn on Thomas 4th grade teacher, Melody Allen
"It is important to recognize Valerie Cutteridge to show the importance of consistent best practices. The year prior this growth and love for reading began in her class. We had always noticed how our daughter struggled with language so we asked for assistance. A meeting was held and Mrs. Cutteridge had been proactive and already had a plan to spend extra time throughout the school day to begin intervention in word study. Helping our daughter to break down difficult words and vocabulary during small groups was critical to the success and growth that has continued through this year. Mrs. Cutteridge implements the workshop model to foster a love of reading and writing. Because Dublin teachers are highly qualified and masterful at employing this teaching method our daughter is now excelling in reading. It is the reason we moved to this district. Both of these teachers provided a smooth transition in the learning process for our child and have shown the dedication and attention to detail it takes to be an outstanding educator. Mrs. Cutteridge was able to determine exactly how to help our daughter grow in her literacy skills."
-Karen Gynn on Thomas 3rd grade teacher, Melody Allen
"Thelma Call is the front office secretary at Karrer M.S. She is an ideal 'first person' the public meets at Karrer. Her bright and warm smile is comforting considering the numerous reasons for why a parent must go into the front office. Thelma is kind, patient, and respectful to all. Thelma Call makes a difference in Dublin!"
-Meaghan Miller on Karrer building secretary, Thelma Call
"I want to give a special thank you to Lindsay Law of Scottish Corners Elementary for making my daughter's first grade experience so wonderful, for helping her to enjoy school and learning, and for helping her to overcome her academic challenges. Miss Law is a cheerleader for her students and deserves recognition and praise for her hard work and enthusiasm for teaching and supporting students."
-Samantha Razem on Scottish Corners 1st grade teacher, Lindsay Law
"Heather Sorensen is deserving of recognition based on her tireless effort teaching, reteaching, and reaching students. I have a desk in Ms. Sorensen's room, and many days after school I see IB and AP students visit her for help. She is an excellent role model and has a tremendous talent for helping students find their own voice in their writing. She has such strong content knowledge and the ability to break down assignments and really reach students who are struggling. In addition, she has excellent rapport with her students, and I can tell she genuinely cares about the integrity of Scioto as a whole. She spends many hours outside of her contracted time assisting students that are in her classes and gives above and beyond what is expected as a teacher. Throughout the years, she has been a tremendous mentor teacher to me. When I was getting back into teaching, she made transitioning from another school to Scioto a pleasant experience. She welcomed the new experience of working together, sharing her room, and planning together. I always felt valued as a professional teacher in her presence. Ms. Sorensen has a true gift for teaching as I have watched her in action teach Honors English I freshmen. She is one of the most supportive and helpful teachers I have ever encountered in my career. She is thoughtful, kind, and funny with students and colleagues. Ms. Sorensen makes working at Dublin Scioto worthwhile, and I appreciate the effort she puts into her classroom preparation and the devotion she shows the students and staff at Scioto."
-Amanda Laucher on Scioto english teacher Heather Sorensen
"While we the IB kids are working on our internal assessments, she is always there to help and encourage us. There's nothing that makes me feel better than Mrs. Kendall-Sperry's bright and sweet attitude. Thank you for all your help!!!"
-Student on Jerome spanish teacher Karen Kendall-Sperry
"Mrs. Kill has always gone above and beyond to help. Most recently, she contacted me to see how my daughter Jordan was doing following our family having been involved in the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting incident. She was especially sensitive to Jordan's needs and the resulting fears from the airport incident. She invited Jordan to come into the Guidance Office for a "hug" so she could check on her. I am so grateful for her caring outreach.”
-Jim Sagona on Jerome guidance secretary Peggy Kill
"Karrer's Mr. Dillard is an amazing teacher who has challenged and inspired my son to try sports for the first time in a number of years. Mr. Dillard has been an upbeat and positive presence in my 7th grade son's life, and I appreciate his dedication to sharing joy with our children!"
-Mary McNamara on Karrer English teacher John Dillard
"Coffman's Mr. Saunders truly "rocks"!! I could fill pages of how he has touched our lives by his inspiring dedication to going above and beyond coaching. He is a mentor, a role model, and a man who challenges students to do their best in all aspects of life. Mr. Saunders has touched our hearts and lives by living by example, and calling forth goodness. Now THAT is what I call an education!!!"
-Mary McNamara on Coffman PE teacher Tim Saunders
"Coffman's Carl Reed is super human I believe. How else can you explain a man that was willing to lead students to the inauguration of the most recently volatile presidential election that our generations have seen? Mr. Reed is a leader, expects and receives the best who follow in his path, and offers gentle guidance that makes a lasting impression on our students. Mr. Reed took our students to the greatest government classroom in the United States- Washington DC, while history was being made. Kudos to him and his family for sharing his wisdom and insight of navigating such an event- a lifetime of memories our students will carry!"
-Mary McNamara on Coffman social studies teacher Carl Reed
"Mr. Sraver is one of the most friendly and helpful teachers ever. He always makes all of his lessons extremely lively and makes everything super simple and easy to understand. Not only does is he an exceptional teacher, but he is always open to help out with anything. I had a website that I created and I would write for; I could go in anytime and he would help with it. There was a time that I was struggling with a couple things this year, but he helped me figure out what I needed to focus on ,and helped me become better at it. Every Friday he takes time and teaches us different life lessons."
-Scioto student on Scioto modern world history teacher Drew Sraver
"Dr. Linda Gayle is the cognitive teacher that works with my son in reading and math at Riverside. She communicates with us about all of his progress frequently. She has a website that she sends photos to us showing what he is working on in his learning journey. In addition to being extremely flexible, (Boston is the only 5th grader at Riverside that qualified for her services so she works with him one on one and arranging a schedule for that was a lot of maneuvering!) she has gone above and beyond the expectations of what is expected. She attended one of his flag football games and she also attended the 5th grade orchestra concert at Davis to show support for her students. Every time we have met to discuss Boston's work, it is more and more obvious that not only does she take an interest in his interests, she takes the time to know who he is and what drives him. We are overjoyed with his progress under her leadership and it will be hard for anyone to fill her shoes!"
-Holli Berry on Riverside gifted intervention specialist Dr. Linda Gayle
"Cathy continues to innovate and create with students. She facilitates a creative maker space in the GRE library with various challenges each Library rotation. When students talk about going to library they are excited about the new things they will be trying and the new experiences that await them. Her depth of knowledge about students goes beyond knowing their name - when a child has a birthday a book is chosen in honor of them, Cathy takes the time to select a book that represents the child and their personal interests. As a teacher in the building I have seen this take place with my students in my class but also as a parent in the building - she has chosen picture/chapter books through the years that represent my children- their interests and passions. Cathy also continues to research grants that benefit the entire school. She actively supports our PTO through engaging the staff to have a representation at our school Meltdown - with a basket that is solely purchased by staff members. This is one of many example of Cathy going beyond the description and caring deeply about our community. Cathy during parent conference nights creates a collection of photos she has taken at various student events and shows it for parents and students to enjoy as they walk through. She is a passionate educator, that works with teachers to educate the entire student. Her capacity of knowledge of books is endless. Her willingness to serve as a mentor to other teachers learning the trade while continuing to be a positive force in our school climate and culture."
-Erin Marr on Glacier Ridge librarian Cathy Witchy
"Miss Starkey is the most caring and outgoing teacher I've met. She genuinely cares about everyone. She helps every single student no matter what. She works very hard to help the kids during there classes. Miss.Starkey also builds very good relationships which makes it very easy to talk to her. She has made B217 a better place everyday! She brings a lot of smiles and laughs!"
-Jerome student on Jerome intervention specialist Kali Starky
"Becky has a gift for working with students with special needs. In the art room, I have seen Becky help students reach past their goals and she continually has high expectations for her students. The students she works with can tell she truly cares about them and they love her and want to do well. Becky develops a caring relationship with all of the students she works with and she goes above and beyond."
-Janice Kuchinka on Scottish Corners paraprofessional Becky Terry
"Laura Delaney, special education administrative assistant at Deer Run elementary is one of the kindest people I have ever met. In all the 7 years I have seen her at work in the office, juggling student needs, parents coming in with requests, phones ringing off the hook, I am amazed at her patience and grace in handling everybody. She makes you feel special and wanted, regardless of who you are."
-Nancy Sofowora on Deer Run special education administrative assistant Laura Delaney
"Upon moving into the district my son was lucky enough to be assigned to Mrs. Temple for his intervention specialist. Mrs. Temple reached out to us before school even started. As the year progressed, Mrs. Temple continued with her normal communication keeping everyone abreast of my son's progress and needs. With reading being his biggest challenge due to dyslexia I was speechless as I sat last week and had him read to me. Now I won't sugar coat it, getting him started was a challenge. However after getting going, not only was he self sufficient but I could her the enthusiasm in his voice as he read. He was enjoying reading even though it is by far the most difficult part of his life. To top it all off when I asked him if he was excited for school to end I was given the following response: "Not really, I could go all year." There are no words needed beyond those. Thank you Mrs. Temple, you have become a staple in Brady's life and we are forever indebted to you for all your help!!"
-Brian Anderson on Wyandot intervention specialist Megan Temple
"Ally is the counselor for my seventh grade triplets. Each of my girls has challenges, learning and otherwise, that sometimes impede their success. Ally has always been friendly, helpful and willing to go the extra mile to help. I can count on Ally to field my questions and concerns promptly and with compassion and professionalism. I am constantly amazed at how quickly she responds to my often urgent matters and/or requests. Without Ally in our corner, my girls would not have been able to achieve the success and confidence of other seventh graders. I truly would be lost without her. Thank you Ally for all you have done for our family!"
-Kristen Bach on Grizzell guidance counselor Ally Casale
"It is difficult to explain the value of Ms. Osada for the students, staff, and parents of the Indian Run community. She is beloved, respected, and depended on by all of us! She seamlessly bridges culture and language barriers to support our students as they learn to navigate the complicated world of the English language; she helps students academically and emotionally until they build understanding and confidence. She translates the questions and concerns of parents so that IRE teachers and staff can understand and alleviate any worries they may have. She gives so generously of her time and knowledge and knows when to be available at highly emotional times--for new enrollments, at Family Walkthrough, for kindergarten information meetings, at music and arts performances, during transitions between schools. With her relentless work ethic and deep wealth of knowledge about various cultures, Ms. Osada represents what Dublin City Schools is all about-- an inclusionary and loving setting in which all students are given the supports they need to succeed. "
-Indian Run Principal Jen Schwanke on Bilingual Aide Yumi Osada
"I am the Site Director for OSE Dublin Latchkey and we were off to an early 7am start on Aug. 16, 2017! When the bell rang at 9am and my students headed to their classrooms for the first time this year, I watched and reflected on the little kindnesses that were happening around me and just how much Olde Sawmill and the Dublin Schools have been a wonderful part of my life. I’ve lived in Dublin for 31 years and have watched my 5 kids graduate from Dublin H.S. and Dublin Scioto H.S. I retired from Dublin City Schools after working 20 years as a Lunch Lady at Davis Middle School. My son, Jason Colley taught and coached at Dublin Scioto and Jerome H.S. I started my 23rd year of working for Dublin Latchkey today and continue to have the privilege of sharing “First Day” excitement with my students and families!"
-Susan J Colley-Smith