"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
"My family has been impacted in a very positive way by many of the wonderful teachers in Dublin City Schools. My sons were in fifth and second grade when we moved to Dublin. They were warmly welcomed into the Glacier Ridge Elementary School community, and never looked back! Now my oldest is a freshman at the University of Michigan and my youngest is a sophomore at Jerome. Of all the excellent teachers they have had, the two who really had the greatest impact on my children are Brian Stevens and Micah Abrams. They have fostered a love of music in my sons, which I am sure will last a lifetime. Not only that, but they helped them learn to work hard, strive for excellence in all that they do, and taught them to be caring and compassionate leaders. Mr. Stevens and Mr. Abrams have created a supportive and inclusive community in the Dublin Jerome band that truly makes high school better for many of their students. They are both superb educators who are to be commended for their dedication to their students."
"My son is starting his first year in the Dublin school district at Thomas in 4th grade. I have been so very impressed. We didn’t know we would be moving until Mid July, so it was all very last minute.The staff at Thomas have been absolutely FANTASTIC in this transition. The transfer meeting had 7 people in attendance, and they seemed to want to mold the educational experience around my son, as opposed to trying to make him fit in to what they already do. The staff at Thomas have been willing to do anything it takes to make my son successful and happy. We are so excited and happy to be aware of the Dublin Difference! Every single person we have met along the way has been helpful, positive and encouraging. The entire environment of the school and the system is so much different. We finally feel at home. Thank you!"
"Marley attends preschool at Pinney. We have been working on walking FOREVER. But her teacher sent a video of her walking in the classroom. She is THRIVING at school. We like to spread the word about the amazing things happening here for Marley and share the happy and good vibes. Thank you!"
"She is amazing with the kids and the parents and remembers everything - also gets in touch with Parents (at least myself) asap and is always kind."
-Sabrina on Thomas assistant principal Melissa Klosterman-Lando
"Mrs Shalek goes above and beyond a teachers calling. She truly cares for her kids. She's like a second mom to them. She understands each child's strengths and weaknesses and works with them to achieve their goals. She does all this with grace and a rather mellow voice. I have never seen her flustered or temperamental. She has really helped my daughter blossom in 3rd grade and helped her achieve the rather lofty goals she set out for herself. But more than any of this it was the kindness and compassion that she showed when one of her student's mom passed away at the beginning of the school year that rally struck me. She put together a large basket of books, legos, puzzles & other games for the kid so that he could take his mind off his mom's illness. All of this she did on her own and put the class' name on it. This happened in the summer, so she didn't want to trouble parents during vacation time. She truly is a hero in our family's eyes and deserves to be rewarded."
-Anu Kurian on Deer Run teacher Megan Shalek
"Mr. Kurty is such a wonderful example of community, kindness, passion, and dedication for our kids."
-Britt Lakin on Glacier Ridge principal Pete Kurty
"Colleen Whitty was my daughter's third grade teacher last year. Colleen consistently went above and beyond to support my child. My daughter has a specific learning disability, also known, in her case, as dyslexia. My daughter is a smart child who has to work really really hard to achieve the same success as her peers. Colleen provided with constant, consistent support in all academic areas. My daughter always felt comfortable asking Colleen for help and felt success as a result. Colleen's actual desk is a kidney table. It is set up so that there is room for students to come to her desk and get help, encouragement, and support while learning. She knew the tricky balance between helping my daughter try it on her own and understanding when to step in and provide more support. If my daughter was absent due to illness she would go out of her way to provide work she could do at home if she felt up to it which helped her not fall behind. She made learning fun and meaningful for all students. For example, when learning about different types of rocks she set up a hands on experience where students were able to touch and learn about many different aspects of rocks. She used positive reinforcement to encourage learning with rewards and celebrations. Colleen is very approachable and, as a parent, I always knew I could contact her and she'd be happy to help. She consistently had a smile on her face and treated each student as if they were her child. There were many nights when I would drop my daughter off to an activity at 6:00 PM and she would just be leaving school. Despite her many long hours she always possessed a refreshed energy. At the end of the year she put together a movie containing pictures of the students throughout the year set to music. She shared this movie with her class and it brought happy tears to many eyes. I can't say enough about how phenomenal Colleen is, not only as a teacher, but as a person. What a wonderful world it would be if every teacher put 110% into their job like Colleen! She cares so deeply for her students, meets their varied needs, and possesses a positive attitude."
-Jessica Aldin on Scottish Corners teacher Colleen Whitty
"Ms. Myers demonstrated exceptional professionalism, passion, organization, and support during her years working with our daughter. Holly was always responsive, communicative and organized. She collaborated extremely well with our daughter's teachers as well as outside professionals, always demonstrating a commitment towards our daughter's education and progress. We have moved into 6th grade now, but will always remember Ms. Myers as an exceptional talent within Dublin City Schools."
-Leeanne Beggs on Glacier Ridge intervention specialist Holly Myers
"My most memorable moment of Jara took place at the 2016 Dublin Irish Festival. We were waiting in a food line when a family sprinted to Jara thanking her for the time she spent with their child and the help she provided to identify his dyslexia learning disability. The family lives in the district although their child does not attend Dublin schools. Jara went above and beyond for this family scheduling testing to be done and working with the school that the child attends to ensure the proper steps are taken to enhance his learning experience. The father, almost in tears, told me that because of Jara, his son's life has forever been changed. I've only known Jara as an exceptional friend to me and my family but that moment truly defined the passion and enthusiasm she has for helping others. She is truly a wonderful ambassador of the Dublin Schools brand."
-Shannon Burke on Student Services Coordinator Jara Packer
"In just two full years there, Mr. Wolfe has made Bailey Elementary a better school. As a parent, volunteer and substitute there for the last seven years, I have seen a marked difference in the attitude of the teachers and staff since he has been there. There is a real sense of pride and integrity there; everyone wanting to do their best and contribute. He is a principal that the students go up to and are so comfortable around because he is so un-intimidating. Mr. Wolfe will eat lunch with the students, he will pop into classes and share in what the kids are doing, he takes time out of his duties to have fun with them. He has a student-led philosophy and really respects the students' opinions and input. It is apparent that he loves his job, he loves his staff and he loves his students. He's also great with the parents and in communicating with them."
-Autumn Shah on Bailey principal Tyler Wolfe
"Mr. Hall is the personification of what an educator should be. My daughter is now a freshman at Scioto and she selected to take an advance math class with Mr. Hall this year. Mr. Hall helped her during this past summer by setting up a schoology site with videos, training materials and worksheets for her with the goal of being prepared for the math class. As my daughter finished the worksheets she emailed them to Mr. Hall who provided feedback and guidance on her work. He did not have to do this additional work, nobody asked him to do it. And yet, Mr. Hall took time from his vacation to help my daughter be successful during the school year. This was truly a selfless and kind act to benefit and support a child interested in learning and I can’t thank him enough. This is what true teaching is about!"
-Lianna Barbu on Scioto math teacher Heath Hall
"Michelle Cooper more than exemplifies all that Dublin City Schools prides it’s self in providing it’s students. As a Scioto graduate myself, when my children were struggling in another district, I knew I had to get them to Dublin. When my family met Michelle Cooper 3 years ago we had no idea that she would forever change our lives. All of our children were considerably under grade level, had extreme behavioral issues to the point we were attending expulsion hearings in the other district, and my son in particular could not form attachments or connect with people. Michelle took the time to study him. My son was withdrawn and had violent outbursts. At home there was no consequence good or bad that would motivate him to listen. Getting him to trust people was near impossible. A smile or hug from him was just not a reality when we met Ms. Cooper. Within 4 months of my son working with Michelle he was comfortable in a routine at school and was thriving. He, in April of our first year in Dublin, earned student of the month. As he has continued to work with Michelle and the other amazing staff at DWE he has begun to develop meaningful relationships with adults and children. My son will now cuddle with us and smile. The transformation in him over the last 3 years is nothing short of a miracle in our life. Michelle met my son where he was. She works with him in a way that reaches him. He is not just another student at Dublin. Michelle has made an investment, with her time and talent, into the life and future of my stepson. We have a total of 7 children and all of them adore Ms. Cooper. She has taken the time to get to know all my children, even the ones she does not directly work with. My children light up at the mere sight of Ms. Cooper. I cannot think of a person in this district more deserving of this honor. I look back to the crisis my family was in when we met Michelle and see where we are now and I still stand in amazement."
-Leah Balcer on Wright Intervention Specialist Michelle Cooper
"Mr. Stowell is deserving for this award for many reason. One reason includes him being fun as a teacher but making sure students are being productive. He also makes sure every student in his class feels welcomed and wants to be in that learning environment. Another reason that I feel he should be nominated is because he accommodates for every type of learner. He makes sure he has lesson plans that are beneficial for kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learners. He also goes above and beyond what is required to be taught in the class. Due to the election last year, Mr. Stowell incorporated lesson plans that involved either the election or the process of voting. He also encouraged students to watch the debates with their parents. Finally what sets him apart is his ability to make sure that all the students are taken care for. This past school year on our school trip to Washington D.C he showed this ability. On our trip there was a pre-packed meal that was non-vegetarian. Since I am vegetarian, I could not have the meal. As a result, Mr. Stowell decided that he would buy all of the vegetarians on the bus another meal that was vegetarian so that we would not go hungry."
-Davis student on Davis teacher Matt Stowell
"The Cross Country Boosters held our first home race at Dublin Jerome this year. Although not part of Cross Country, Mr. Slack worked with us to successfully project a live feed from wooded section of the race to our new scoreboard. He also helped with the Dublin Business Academy (DBA) to help the students produce our shirts etc for the race. In addition, he was there early Saturday morning of the race (following working at the football game- homecoming) to ensure all our speaker systems etc were working. He stayed for the duration of the race, leaving at 1:00 PM. We had a very successful race, in large part to people like Mr. Slack who went above and beyond. (PS I see him around the school making various contributions to the school)."
-Jan Findley on Jerome Spanish teacher Randy Slack
"Jessica has been instrumental in helping our daughter transition back into school. From grades 2-5, our daughter, Kara, has been home-schooled, due in large part to some medical challenges. We knew it was time for her to go back to school but were reluctant to take the step. We moved to the district at the end of last year and were amazed by the level of assessment and help offered to Kara by the district. So, we took steps to make it happen. As we moved closer to the start of school, it was determined that Kara needed an IEP. Jessica led this process. From the very beginning, we sensed her heart and desire to help Kara succeed. She provided such a level of comfort for Kara (and mom and dad) about the IEP, the start of the start of school and the transition. For the first week, Jessica emailed my wife and I a couple of times each day to let us know how Kara was doing! Even after four weeks, she's in regular contact with us about homework, camps and school in general. Kara absolutely adores her. She is quickly earning a level of influence in Kara's world that we are so very grateful for! Whenever someone asks Kara what she likes about school, Jessica is at or near the top of her list. I don't know how we would be doing this without Jessica's help, her hand and her heart."
-Brian Webb on Sells Intervention Specialist Jessica Tyler
"This teacher goes above and beyond for the students in her class. She has bought notebooks for every student that has her, She has made exceptions to students on vacation, and even gives one on one lessons to people need help. This teacher is kind in every way and never gives up on a student."
-Taseyana Booker-Hopkins on Davis teacher Kristy Storm
"He goes out of his way to make students and families feel special and important. He goes above and beyond. My daughter does not have her father in her life and instead of allowing dad's and donuts day to impact her in a negative way and possibly hurt her because she doesn't have a dad, he asked her to go with him. It meant the world to her and he will never know what it meant to me. He is amazing and though this happened a couple years ago he has never been honored and would never expect to be, but he does deserve it. He still checks on her to this day. What an amazing teacher the DUBLIN school district is lucky to have."
-Carri Stearns on Thomas teacher Devin Bowman
"Mandy Reutzel started off the year at Indian Run. She was open to support me and my colleagues in any way we needed from coming in the summer to help organize books of a first year teacher to helping a veteran teacher (me) focus and organize lesson plans. She is extremely positive and empathizes with our stress and needs. She is friendly with everyone and always has a smile on her face. She even supports teammates teaching math and content with non fiction reading and writing. She is willing to help anytime and has been know to work in the evenings and on weekends to support us. She continues to check in and communicate with me and my colleagues each week. Mandy genuinely cares for everyone...staff, students, and other colleagues. She will help us in anyway we need it and we have really appreciated her support this year!"
-Katie Mathews on Indian Run Intermediate Literacy Coach Mandy Reutzel
"Mr. Schuster deserves this award for his unbelievable dedication to his students and former athletes. From my personal experience, he taught me to not only believe in myself, but that making mistakes is okay, and is the only way to learn. He teaches his students to have confidence in themselves which is extremely important for every person out there. I have always struggled in Math, but after taking Mr. Schuster’s IB Math Studies class, I have improved tremendously. He also taught me not to hate math which for the longest time, I loathed it, and now I kind of like it. I personally would like to thank Mr. Schuster for everything he has done for me to help me get through Math. He is an incredible and selfless teacher."
-Ella Chennells on Jerome teacher Ken Schuster
"My son started in Chris ball's preschool class when he was almost 4 years old he could only say mom and dad because of his developmental delays and Autism. After 1 year in Ms. Ball's class my son is talking and is a very social boy I owe her everything she changed my sons life I can't thank her enough."
-Salah Al Lami on Wyandot teacher Chris Ball
"I can’t begin to put into words how Thomas Elementary’s Jodi Cooper and Melissa Klosterman-Lando have meant to my family. Three years ago, my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. These two women helped my then 1st grade son cope with his dad’s illness. As Kevin’s disease progressed, they followed my children through their process of dealing with watching their dad fight cancer both in and out of the hospital. Last year as Kevin entered hospice, Jodi started a Monday lunch with my 3rd grade son and 1st grade daughter, building such a bond and keeping in touch with both them and myself. Melissa was always there to pop in their rooms when I emailed that it was a bad morning. The day Kevin passed away they were both there with breakfast and dinner for my family and they were also at the funeral and calling hours. In the year since, they haven’t left our sides! They are the Dublin Difference!"
-Traci Arway on the Thomas staff