"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. Yumi is a silent, gentle, and loving supporter for the most vulnerable of our students. She welcomes them when they arrive in the United States and supports them while they begin to learn English, differentiating her support so they grow to be successful students. Teachers rely on her for translation, cultural understanding, and academic modifications. We are hugely lucky to have someone of Yumi's talent and skill as a bilingual aide in Dublin City Schools."
-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
"We moved our family, (4kids) from Erie PA to the Columbus area. We have moved twice in 90 days and my wife has someone managed to keep our family running smoothly and the whole time she has worked. She is new to the district, but I know how hard she works and what a fantastic addition she has been to the school district. I'm a little bias because she's my wife, but I think she is amazing and deserves the recognition. Thanks!"
-Dustyn Risner on Glacier Ridge Intervention Specialist Kristen Risner
"I have served 3 years as Dublin Coffman Marching Band Hospitality Chair. We are responsible for feeing these 200+ kids several times during the Fall Season. I could not have done this over the years without the above-and-beyound help of Danny Wilson. Danny has the best attitude and is always willing to help; even if it means lugging 200 cases of water to the PTO closet! He sets up for us, cleans-up and tears down without complaint and is always readily present during our events. I am particularily impressed with Danny's work ethic and his kind personality. Danny is very positive and eager to make things as good as possible for the kids. Danny has helped me many times with booster work, which is not his job, that required physical labor. He is no stranger to hard work. I know I can call him at any time for for a request and he is happy to help. He truely loves the kids and serves them willingly. He is a unique employee and deserves to be recognized. Thank you Danny!"
-Lisa Cotter on Coffman head custodian Danny Wilson
"Marsha drives out of Karrer Middle School, on bus #37. One of our students who rides bus #37 has special needs, and in the past has become emotionally upset when he is unable to find the bus due to a change in placement in the line up, a bus change or simply because he is rushing to get to his locker and out the door. At one point last year, the student even climbed on board the wrong bus, only to be found as the buses were leaving the building. Marsha took it upon herself to take action, and assist this child daily. She stands outside of the main entrance to the school, and physically waits for the student to exit the building. At that point, she escorts him to the bus, ensuring that he is delivered home safe and sound. Marsha goes above and beyond for our students, thank you!"
-Brooke Menduni on bus #37 driver Marsha McCall
"The entire transportation department is deserving of recognition. From the caring and dedicated bus drivers, who every day show our students their dedication by making sure each and every student arrives safely to their destination, to the drivers who go out of their way to bring into our buildings lunches, phones and sports equipment left on their buses. The entire group of dispatchers who are always willing to work and help us with whatever problem we have, even sending buses back to pick up students who have no one to call and no way to get home. We are always thankful for this staff of professionals and are proud to call them coworkers."
-Davis Middle School on the DCS transportation department
"Principal Schwartz has made such a big difference in Wyandot since she has arrived one and a half years ago. She is not one of those administrators sitting in her office doing paperwork all day, she is involved in everything. She welcomes our "kiddos" (that's how she lovingly calls our kids) to school every morning making sure drop off works fine, and sees them off home in the evening. One of her first actions was to revamp drop-off and pick-up with great success, making it so much safer for everyone. She is very approachable to parents and kids, always helpful, always the problem solver. Never happy to settle with mediocre, always looking for improvement, but never pushing or making students feel bad while doing so. Kids love her too. What kid looks forward to have lunch with the principal? Our kids do! At our school the principal is no longer the figure you are sent to when you do not behave in class (we had days like that) but she is the captain of the team, encouraging everyone, helping everyone, there for everyone. As parents we are beyond thrilled to have Mrs. Schwartz as our principal and feel that she played a big role in the recent Blue Ribbon recognition. Ever so humble, she credited her staff, us parents and the kids, but we feel that she deserves a lot of credit too."
-Irem Eryilmaz on Wyandot Prinicpal Renae Schwartz
"Mrs. McGovern always presents the face of calm and efficiency whenever I have entered the building. She handles visitors and students with grace and charm and even provided a shoulder for this Mom to cry on. Michelle is the perfect person to be the first point of contact for Coffman. I can’t think of a more deserving staff person to be recognized."
-Lois Mahdi on Coffman secretary Michelle McGovern
"Mrs. Sutherland is a model example of going beyond in her everyday life at Coffman. In the beginning of the school year I went through something very traumatizing and missed a lot of school. When I got back to school Mrs Sutherland was right beside me encouraging me, supporting me, and telling me things that I needed sometime to tell me. She always has been there for me and helps me through every obstacle no matter big or small that comes up and has really made a hige impact on my life by showing me that someone genuinely cares. It wasn't just this example that Mrs Sutherland has been there for me, but countless other occasions throughout my time at Dublin Coffman High School. I personally believe that there is no one else more deserving of recognition than Mrs Sutherland.
-Kaylie Stearns on Coffman guidance counselor Nicole Sutherland
"This is my very first year working with Dan as an administrator. From the beginning, he maintains open lines of communication between himself and staff, as well as families. One thing that I believe Dan does exceptionally well at, is establishing positive relationships with parents. His demeanor in meetings and the way in which he interacts with parents and students is respectful, comforting when needed, and incredibly approachable/relatable. This is something that is crucial to effective communication. The number of students and families that he has impacted since beginning his career in 1988 is not something that I feel occurs very often. Dan goes above and beyond in all that he does."
-Denton Warburton on Scioto Assistant Principal Dan Morris
"Dan exemplifies the dublin difference through his selfless work with teachers and with students in the Scioto family. He has been a great mentor to a lot of young teachers and always gives time when we need him."
-Arby Jones on Scioto Assistant Principal Dan Morris
"Jessica has been working with me as an interpreter for one of my 5th graders and amazes me each day. While Jessica does not have a music background, she asks questions and works hard to understand the musical concepts being presented in class as it applies to learning the violin. What has impressed me most about Jessica is the fact that she took the initiative to rent a violin and learn on her own how to play in order to provide a better instructional experience for the student. Jessica comes eager to string class, sits with the student, taps out the music, signs the notes, writes the notes out, and anything else to help me modify the lesson to make it accessible for the student. On top of her amazing work ethic, Jessica is just a pleasure to work with each day and ALL of the students love having her around. In my view, Jessica truly shows #thedublindifference in class and all around."
-LaShell Dauterman on District hearing Impaired Specialist Jessica Harris
"My daughter had Mrs. Julie Alloway as an intervention specialist and reading teacher throughout her three years at Sells Middle School. Mrs. Alloway went beyond, helping to build my daughter’s confidence and self-esteem along with improved study habits. Mrs. Alloway also make sure she had an exceptional experience while on the Washington D.C. trip. She was ready for high school because of Mrs. Alloway’s hard work and dedication. Mrs. Alloway changed her life and she is very grateful."
"Ms Bonnie Smith the bus driver for Route 90 has really made an exceptional effort in transporting our kids to school. She is extremely patient and ensures safety of each child onboard. She keeps us all well informed and takes every care to reach our kids to school and back home every single day. Thank you"
"I had to write about the bus driver on route 90 of Scottish Corners elementary - Ms Bonnie Smith. She has always gone above and beyond her responsibility to make sure the kids on her bus are safe and happy. She goes the extra mile to ensure that every kid on her bus reaches school and home safely everyday. She has done her best to make sure that the roads are clear when the bus is here for pick up/drop, talks to vehicle drivers who aren't paying attention to the school bus, keeps in touch with the Rental office at the apartments that the school bus stops at to ensure they are all on the same page! She has always gone the extra mile to keep us parents well informed and will patiently wait till every kid on the bus is safe home. We really appreciate what she has been doing to the community and school and are very thankful to have someone we can trust completely!"
Mrs. Blaeser has a specialized skill and utilizes it to give students-- those would would otherwise not have equal access to our curriculum--open and equal access to learning opportunities. Her interpreting skills, paired with her natural infinity for teaching and understanding young learners, have helped the students of Indian Run in countless ways. She seamlessly weaves academic learning with other important life skills-- teaching behavior modification skills, life skills, and social/emotional coping strategies. For some of our our most at-risk students, she provides a safe and thorough learning environment. I am so grateful to her for everything she brings to Indian Run Elementary.
-Jen Shwanke on Lori Blaeser, Indian Run Paraproprofessional
Cyndi McNeal exemplifies an ideal 1st grade teacher. Anyone who enters her room will immediately see that she puts her heart and soul into her class. She is able to strike the perfect balance of warmth and nurture with structure, order and discipline. But, what really sets Cyndi McNeal apart from all the rest is the way that she reaches out to her parents and brings them into the educational process. When my daughter was having difficultly learning to read, Cyndi McNeal reached out to me and offered up her time to work with me, showing me strategies that I could incorporate into my home. She came in early to school to meet with me and show me techniques used in reading lessons. I have had children in the district for over 6 years now and this is unprecedented. I know that Dublin Schools places a great value on educating parents and involving them in the education process. That is clearly shown through events such as Parent University. Having teachers such as Cyndi McNeal that are reaching out to parents to involve them in their own children's education in ways that are specific to their child's needs is an invaluable asset to this district.
-Denise Ochs on Scottish Corners 1st grade teacher Cyndi McNeal
Randy is in charge of keeping all of the districts visual/projectors for all interactive technologies and he rearranges his schedule constantly in order to accommodate teachers and buildings needs for their video to be fixed as soon as possible, he also runs new data and video cables to fix room needs for phone adds and repairs and also he is one Great Santa Clause.
-John Mack on District computer technician Randy Bope
Mr. Stroh evidently cares about his craft and is willing to go to great lengths in order to ensure that his students learn the content that is required of them, regardless of how difficult that content is. Moreover, his genuine passion for math is contagious, as he does not shy from taking occasional tangents in his classes in order to demonstrate proofs for more abstract concepts. In doing this, he shows just how interesting and complex math can be, piquing the interest of his students (I speak from experience). For both his devotion to teaching his students and his love for math, I think he deserves recognition.
-Jerome student on Jerome math teacher David Stroh
Mr. Oglevee always goes above and beyond for his students, he is dedicated and is always ready to jump at an opportunity to help a kid. He is the most amazing teacher I’ve ever had.
-Coffman student on Coffman teacher Zach Oglevee
He is a very kind-hearted person in math class and outside of class. I look forward to coming into his classroom every single day. Being able to see him work in the classroom and on the basketball court is very awesome. He shows that he cares about everyone.
-Sells student on Sells math teacher Scott Hadley
Mr. Sraver has been one of the most helpful teachers I have ever had. He goes above and beyond to make sure his students understand what's going on, and is always willing to give up his own time to help anyone in need. Mr Sraver has the best personality and is the nicest person you'll ever meet.
-Scioto student on Scioto teacher Drew Sraver
"My son just began Kindergarten this school year and the support and care I have been shown has been incredible. It has started from day one with the impressive introduction to his teacher Mrs. O'Brien and has continued on with all of the staff that I have had the pleasure to speak with. My son has had a few difficulties adjusting the transition of school. Mrs. O'Brien, Mrs. Davis (Principle) Mrs. Melissa Klosterman-Lando (Vice Principle) and Mrs. Jodi Cooper (Guidance Counselor) have been instrumental in his development and progress. They have worked with him immensely and shown both him and I extreme patience and compassion. I appreciate everything that they have done and continue to do. I will not be leaving the Dublin School District and share my experience with everyone. The communication, patience, caring and experience is highly appreciated. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help these wonderful team members get the acknowledgement they more than deserve."
-Loni Long on the Thomas Elementary staff
"Moving to Dublin was not an accident for my family. We knew the way special education was handled in this community would give our daughter the best start in life to fulfill her potential. We were nervous about her transition to High School. But we needn't have worried. It went smoothly. Lauren D'Alessandro has been my daughter's Intervention Specialist since Freshman year. My daughter has blossomed under her guidance and support. My husband and I are now able to effectively plan for college and Mrs. D'Alessandro has been with us every step of the way; answering our many questions and giving us resources we need to help our daughter make the right decisions. Educators like Mrs. D'Alessandro go above and beyond, helping our daughter become the best version of herself. I don't know what we would do without her. "
"There is something so special about that feeling of serving the places that helped make you who you are, because #theDublinDifference is a real feeling. For those of us Alumni who are lucky enough to work here, know just how much it means."
-Coffman 2002 graduate and current ELL teacher at Scioto
Mr. Aaron Rowe has been such an amazing mentor and support system for my daughter. When she was dealing with a serious bullying situation he helped bring the issue to an end. When she was feeling left out at school because she doesn't do sports at school he found several groups for her to take part in and feel a part of the school. He has been an amazing help to her and her self esteem. I am extremely grateful for his help and constant guidance.
-Jill Havens on Scioto school counselor Aaron Rowe
Holly Hall has been a teacher in Dublin City Schools for 32 years. She was at Dublin High School and made the move to Scioto when it opened in the fall of 1995. She taught (and still teaches) French, has worked as the IB Coordinator for Scioto, has been the National Honor Society advisor, and is now teaching Young Professionals Academy students. Next year she will be at the Emerald Campus with YPA. Holly is one of the hardest working, most dedicated teachers I know. Her first concern is always for her students and for doing what is best for them. She always goes above and beyond what is required of her and she works tirelessly to be certain that each student succeeds. As the IB Coordinator, she refused to let a student fail. She worked tirelessly to recruit students and once in the program, she did everything in her power to retain them and see them get their IB Diplomas. She believes in her students and they know it! As the IB Coordinator, Holly always had time to advise any IB teacher or to help in any way she could. She is working so hard this year to become the best YPA teacher possible. Holly puts 100% into everything she does. I believe that this recognition is long overdue for her.
-Pat Santanello on YPA teacher Hollys Hall
Mark is an amazing teacher! In his classroom of 27 students, there are 5 students varying in severity of disabilities, and 2 students who are ELL. His calm demeanor and positive attitude make his classroom a safe environment for kids to take risks. He has high expectations for all and will meet the students at their ability levels. Mark advocates for all students and is very student-centered. After one extremely challenging day with a student engaging in many aggressive behaviors, Mark stated, "We are going to continue to fight for this kid and do what is best for him." Mark's lessons are differentiated and reach multiple types of learners. He pushes students to their full potential and has established an environment that is caring and welcoming. Mark sees the whole child. He considers their social and emotional well-being, as well as their academic success. Each student receives a greeting in the morning and a fist bump at the end of the day. Mark is a collaborative team member, always willing to provide support and work with others. As an IS and paraprofessional working with Mark, he is constantly asking questions about students and modifying their work. He builds an inclusive classroom and truly wants what is best for all. His classroom is a close community of students who care and accept one another. Mark has a passion for working with students. He is dedicated, professional, and truly has the qualities that make an amazing person and teacher. He models acceptance, and he never gives up.
-Mandy Roebuck and Marty Schultz on Wyandot teacher Mark Howell
Dan Stowell decided to do a play called "Does my head look big in this?" which is based on a book by a female muslim author. The play and book are based on a young girl's decision to don the muslim head scarf, the hijab and the struggles she faces. It was awesome to witness such a play that actually portrays a muslim female and the struggles she faces on a daily basis by her family and friends and to show muslims in a positive light. As a female muslim american woman who does not wear hijab but whose daughter has decided to, this play was so meaningful to both of us and made us proud to be a part of the Dublin community. My daughter attends Deer Run in the 5th grade and is the ONLY student to wear hijab and has faced struggles by "being different" and this play made her feel like she was just another kid in school. Deer Run took a field trip to Jerome to watch the "Little Mermaid" but I so wish they saw this play instead since it is about real life issues and how to engage all people. Kudos to Dan for encouraging this play that is the essence of " the Dublin Difference"
-Fatima Chawdry on Coffman drama teacher Dan Stowell
"My son has a very rare genetic condition. This condition robs him of his ability to walk or talk. It is common for children in wheelchairs to have issues with their hips dislocating. He had major hip reconstruction surgery in November 2017. The recovery from this surgery was extraordinarily challenging. He was in a full body cast for 6 weeks. After he came out of the cast, he had a foam pillow strapped between his legs for another 3 weeks. He was not able attend school during this time. Overall, he missed about 2 ½ months of school. As you can imagine, caring for a very tall 7 year old boy in a full body cast was quite challenging. However, I was completely blown away by the amount of love and support shown to my family by the students and staff at Scottish Corners. My son was in the hospital for 6 days following the surgery. During that time, we received countless messages of support. The principal, Janet Rinefierd, made a personal phone call to check on him. We were visited in the hospital by Lindsay Law, who was his 1st grade teacher last year. Lindsay saw the challenges we were about to endure first hand and took it upon herself to organize a meal and snack train for our family. In the weeks to come, our family was blessed with food and snacks from many staff members including Janet Rinefierd, Lindsay Law, Sherrie Gill (my son's 2nd grade teacher), Nancy Sweet (his Intervention Specialist), and all of the Para Professionals Connie, Winzeler, Christa Vanbuskirk, Anna Maria Conti-Gessner, and Becky Terry. Words cannot describe how wonderful it was to not have to worry about meals or snacks while we were helping my son to recover. In addition to all of the food, we received very sweet get well cards from everyone in Mrs. Gill’s class and in Mrs. Sweet’s class. They definitely put a smile on my son's face! I also couldn’t believe it when the doorbell rang one day and it was his bus driver Buzz and his bus aide Miss Susie. They knew he loved Star Wars and dropped off a handmade Star Wars blanket! My son is still sleeping with that blanket right now! We moved to Dublin in 2012. We moved here because of the reputation Dublin has for working with children with special needs. However, I never dreamed how caring for children would travel so far outside the classroom. The students and staff at Scottish Corners Elementary treated my family as if we were their own family and for that I will be forever grateful. They truly exemplify #theDublinDifference."
“Mrs. Hudson goes above and beyond for my son. Not only is she invested in his daily class work, she emails me every night with a report from all the teachers my son has to tell me what homework he needs done and tests coming up. My son had a very hard time staying on task, but since Mrs. Hudson made it her priority to email me daily, my son is doing so much better in school. Mrs. Hudson cares for her students and wants the best for them not only academically but socially. She can read the look on my son’s face and know something isn’t going his way. She cares enough to pull him aside to see if he’s ok and and if she can do anything to help. She always responds quickly to my emails and phone calls. As a parent, all this put together, brings me a piece of mind that my son is in great hands when he is at school.”
-Julie Coy on Karrer math teacher Cassey Hudson
“Mark Mann is such a formidable mentor to his theatre students because he is, before all else, an artist. Each of his shows at Coffman is selected with weighty deliberation, considering each of our talents and his own vision. He is never lacking ideas or inspiration, and has created and collaborated on new works at Coffman and beyond. His active involvement in the Ohio theatre community at large is what allows him to treat his students with such professionalism. He treats Coffman students the same way he would treat professional actors and actresses. However, his high standards are not difficult to meet. Despite his impressive resumé, he is one of the warmest and most pleasant directors I’ve worked with. Not only does he root for students to succeed in challenging roles and positions, he offers concise, individualized advice, as well as emotional understanding and support. I have also worked with him as an assistant director. He encourages student ideas more than any director I’ve worked with, demonstrating a great deal of trust and confidence in his students. I have been so gifted to have such a wonderful mentor, director, storyteller, and artist as a guide during my four years at Coffman. Mark Mann is deserving of any and all recognition Dublin has to offer.”
-Coffman student on Coffman PAC theater director Mark Mann
“She is very passionate about her work not to mention kind and and caring. She has made such a difference in the life of my son. She has been key to his success at school. I can not speak highly enough about Katie and her professionalism. She has treated me with the utmost respect and has helped me be able to help my son even more.”
-Nicole Barber on Intervention Specialist Katie Nicholson
“Christina constantly shows compassion and care for her students. She once told her classes about her own struggle with mental health and is a reliable friend and teacher who always offers guidance no matter the situation. She goes out of her way to make sure all of her students are in the best state of mind and has personally helped me with my mental health and outside of school struggles. I’ve never met a more compassionate person.”
-Mary Peters on Coffman teacher Christina Hutchinson
“Sixteen years ago, Grizzell hired a new teacher – Ally Casale. She taught 7th grade Math and Language Arts and it was readily apparent that working with children was her passion. She was friendly and easy-going with a bright, cheery smile. She worked hard to meet each child at their own level and help them move forward. And every step of the way, she let them know that she cared about who they were as individuals. Students loved being in her classroom where they felt valued, safe and successful. I enjoyed working with Ally as a colleague, and a few years later, I would get to experience her talents from a parent’s point of view when my son was a student at Grizzell. Ally was his 7th grade math and 8th grade Algebra teacher. It takes someone special to help an adolescent boy feel good about who they are and she was able to do that. In her class, students learned not only math, but also how to treat each other. I’m grateful for the time that he spent in her care. And now, for the past nine years, I have been fortunate enough to work with Ally as my counseling partner. Every single day, I get to see firsthand her skill helping students navigate the challenges of adolescence. Many times, I have seen her kind, calm demeanor soothe an anxious or upset child. Her skill, knowledge, leadership and her quiet strength are invaluable in her work as a counselor. She goes above and beyond every day to help students be the best they can be. She truly exemplifies the Dublin Difference.”
-Lisa Sperry on Grizzell counselor Ally Casale
"Our daughter has been fortunate to have many good teachers during her high school years at Coffman. I am writing this, however, on behalf of two exceptional teachers that she was fortunate to have not once but twice. This is written on behalf of Greg Menssen and Jenny Miltner. These two teachers exemplify characteristics of outstanding educators. Not only are they highly skilled in the delivery of their subject area, they care about their students’ emotional well being as well. Their engaging lessons not only made their class more enjoyable for our daughter, who learns best by being actively involved, but also ensured the material was truly learned to be successfully applied beyond the time in their class. We attribute her increase on the writing section of the ACT to Mrs. Miltner’s work with her in IB English. She went into the test as a confident writer and demonstrated mastery of what Mrs. Miltner had taught by her high score. Our daughter never felt like just another student in either of their rooms. Math and Writing have always been weak areas for her. Mr. Menssen and Mrs. Miltner’s fun loving, encouraging and positive attitude gave her the confidence to be a risk taker in their class. It is imperative that there be good rapport and a sense of trust and comfort in a classroom with the teacher to facilitate learning. For our daughter, this is especially important and occurred in their classrooms and helped her experience success. Their desire and passion to have their students be successful is demonstrated through their helpful and caring attitude. Mr. Menssen and Mrs. Miltner were always very accommodating and willing to meet her for extra help when she sought it. An example of Mrs. Miltner going above and beyond to do this occurred last year. Our daughter attended Tolles in the morning and came back to Coffman for her academic classes in the afternoon. Travel time made it difficult for her to make it back at the start of Mrs. Miltner’s class. Soon after her class began, it was interrupted for lunch and then resumed after the lunch period ended. Mrs. Miltner allowed our daughter to eat lunch in her room and caught her up on what she had missed prior to the beginning of lunch. In the winter, we especially appreciated Mrs. Miltner’s concern for her safety. She always told her it was more important for her to drive safely and get to Coffman as soon as she could but not to rush and risk being in an accident. Our daughter was a fairly new driver last year and Mrs. Miltner’s patience and willingness to work around this unfortunate scheduling was VERY MUCH appreciated. This is itself speaks for what kind of person and teacher Jenny Miltner truly is and I am fairly certain not many teachers would be so accommodating and understanding. This is just one incident of the concern for her students and kindness that she shows on a regular basis. In years to come, what Maggie will remember most from these two teachers, is NOT the subject matter that she obviously learned in their class, but that Mr. Menssen and Mrs. Miltner cared about her as a person not just their student who sat in a seat in their class? Both of these teachers have made a positive difference in our daughter’s life, and for that, we are FOREVER grateful."
-Beth & Lynn March on Coffman Language Arts teacher Jenny Miltner
"As a parent, every day, I blindly turn my son over to the Dublin School District. I pray that he will be surrounded by teachers who are supportive, kind, engaging and passionate. I feel like Mr. De La Cruz is a teacher who goes way above and beyond all of my expectations for a DCS teacher. This weekend my son was playing a trumpet solo at an OMEA sponsored event in Grove City. Mr. DLC took time away from his family on a Saturday to show up for my sons solo. He arrived with his wife, a huge smile and a pep talk for my nervous son. They had been working together on this song for many months. Mr. DLC made sure the accompanying piano was in the best position (literally moved it), and helped my son to warm up and relax with his trumpet. After the solo was over, he congratulated my son on his hard work, and his strong effort with the solo. We stood around and chatted for awhile, he had many words of genuine praise and enthusiasm for my son. It was very obvious that he truly loves music and his passion is contagious and uplifting for our son and I'm sure for all the other kids that he teaches. The next day (Sunday), my son receives an email from Mr. DLC: "Good morning young man! Just wanted to share with you, I am so proud of all your work and progress. Remember that even though it feels great to get a good rating, it doesn't define you and all the work you put into it. Music is about the journey and growth along the way. Your progress, work ethic, and motivation over the last few months are far more important and exciting. Celebrate your success...you've earned it! I couldn't be more proud of you." That, to me, is the Dublin Difference!! I'm so very grateful for Mr. DLC and how he goes WAY above and beyond the high standards we place on our DCS educators. He is making a huge difference in my sons life, and I'm certain many other kids that he teaches. We are so grateful!"
-Paige Khoury on Ivan De La Cruz, Band Director of Concert Band at Coffman
"Mr. Fred is the first person my kids see in the morning before their school day. He ALWAYS greets them with a smile and knows every single kid by name! He made it his business to know them from the very first day of school. I truly believe that he sets the tone of the day for each and every child that he comes in contact with. We are so lucky that he takes the time to know our children while getting them to and from school safely. The importance of the care that he takes in his role in student's school day should definitely NOT be overlooked!"
-Ilissa Eiferman on Bus #21 driver, Mr. Fred
"My 3rd grade son is a sweet, sensitive kid that loves school and his friends. We have found with our older daughter that 3rd grade can be a challenging year both academically and socially. Due to his sensitive nature and having an IEP for speech and OT, we worried that this year could be extremely challenging for him. He was very exited to start school after meeting Mrs. Gleeson and she looked a perfect fit for my son. Our annual IEP meeting was about a month after school started. It was clear at that meeting that Mrs. Gleeson had taken time to get to know my son and to how he could be successful in her classroom. She approached the IEP as a tool to understand her student and how to make him successful in her class. As the school year progressed, she would pick up the phone and call when I emailed her. It may seem minor, but things can get resolved more efficiently with a quick phone call instead of trading emails. She typically called in the evening or weekends and took time out of her personal time to talk with me. She also made recommendations for home and continued to work with my son in the classroom to ensure he got back on track in reading for the 3rd grade guarantee. Her instructional style was such that my son never knew he was “off track” (again, a sensitive kid that would have been upset by it). In October, the class found out that my son’s best friend was moving to Japan for 2-3 years in late December. He was devastated. The anticipation of the move was very hard on him. In the time leading up to the move, Mrs. Gleeson checked in with him frequently and enlisted his help in getting together a moving away gift for his friend from the class. Mrs. Gleeson’s actions on the day my son had to say “goodbye” to his friend illustrate why she deserves this award. It was the last day of school prior to winter break. I helped with the chaotic class party and the class said “goodbye” to their friend. My son needed some space to regain his composure. After everyone departed for home, we were the last ones in the class. Mrs. Gleeson walked over to my son and told him “I will be your rock” and gave him a huge hug. They both then talked with him on how they were going to be okay and get through this change together. That moment still makes me tear up. As an observer, it was clear that this was not the first time the two of them had talked about this big change for my son. I feel that this moment is only a small “snapshot” that I saw in person of how Mrs. Gleeson leads her class. As my son was upset, the other students were all empathic and respectful. My son could have been an easy target to get teased, but the whole class knew he was having a hard time and were respectful of him. The reaction of the other students can only be attributed to how Mrs. Gleeson leads her students day-to-day. In closing, Mrs. Gleeson’s compassion and caring made all the difference for my son as he was navigating a challenging social and personal situation. Mrs. Gleeson’s profession is that of a teacher, but her caring and compassion makes her amazing role model for her students. We are lucky to have her as part of the Scottish Corners Elementary community."
-Katie Krasniewski on SCE 3rd grade teacher Kathryn Gleeson
"Mrs. B is the most wonderful, caring teacher. She makes learning fun and truly cares about her students. She has kids of all different learning levels and multiple ELA kids that speak a variety of languages. I’m not sure how she tailors the learnings to 20+ individual needs AND always has a smile on her face!"
-Stephanie Frey on Debbie Borcherding ,1st grade teacher at Wyandot
Our son, who is a third-grader at Bailey, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on November 17, 2017. We were shocked, scared and over-whelmed but after spending the weekend in the hospital, we knew we wanted to get him back to school and into his routine as soon as possible. He was discharged on Sunday and we met with the Bailey team on Monday. Tuesday he went back to school. It was terrifying as his parents to put our trust in other care givers with a disease that we were just on the cusp of grasping and learning about. Immediately, our fears were put to rest by the entire Bailey team. I frankly wish we could nominate them all. However, since group nominations are not allowed, we have to choose someone who stood out from him's perspective, as well as ours. Tricia Palmer, the clinic aide at Bailey, took wonderful care of our soon. To be honest, she also helped me, his mother, just as much. She made him feel special and he trusted her from the very beginning. He couldn't wait to go to the clinic and tell Mrs. Palmer about his Christmas wish list, his latest soccer game, and how he now could administer his own insulin shot. She praised him about all of it. They became fast friends. Instead of dreading his clinic visits to prick his finger and test his blood sugar and administer his shot, he couldn't wait to go and see her. As his mother, I could just tell that she liked my kid. That meant so much to us. They spent a lot of time together because he got off to a rough start. He felt terrible as his little body adjusted to insulin. Tricia got to know my son so she could tell by looking at him if he was unwell and it was time for me to come and pick him up. When I would pick him up because he felt awful, she would hug me and promise me it would get better. I would cry (while trying to hide it from my son) and sometimes, she would tear up as well. So you see, she was amazing to my son, but she was amazing to me too. And you know what? Tricia was right. It did get better. Since December and our rough start, his visits to Mrs. Palmer dwindled down as his body adjusted. He is now in class more than he is in the clinic. He does, however, visit with Mrs. Palmer at least once a day for his insulin and always has a funny story to tell me about. We are blessed to have Mrs. Palmer as the Bailey clinic aide. I frankly do not know how we would have gotten through the early weeks of his diagnosis without her. We feel blessed that we can rest easy that while he is at school he is well cared for.
-Allen, Linda Killworth on Tricia Palmer, Bailey Clinic Aid
For everything that Mrs. Palmer did in the Clinic for him to care for his physical health, Mrs. Wright did exactly the same thing in the classroom to care for our son’s mental health. Mrs. Wright has an absolutely awesome ability to make him feel empowered, unique, and special instead of the kid-dreaded "different." On his first day back, she asked him if he wanted to share his diagnosis with the class. He shared and answered questions that day and came home feeling great. We were all so proud of him. Within the first week back, him's class had a field trip to see a play at Jerome. Mrs. Wright sent me a picture of him at the play. She knew it was nerve-wracking for me, as his parent, for this first field trip and she took the time to let me know (and see) that he was okay. Instead of him dreading the clinic to test his blood sugar and administer his insulin shot, he was excited to "show off" a bit because Mrs. Wright let him bring a friend with him to the clinic in those early days of diagnosis. His classmates were all clamoring to go down to the clinic with him to see all that he had to do to stay healthy. He said his friends couldn't believe he was giving himself a shot and they praised his bravery. That made him feel proud of himself and encouraged him to continue his cycle of bravery. Every time him had a new diabetes "milestone" - for example, when he got his Continuous Glucose Monitor, or Dexcom, or a sample of his pump, Mrs. Wright let him share with the class. He would come home and tell me all the questions Mrs. Wright asked of him and how genuinely interested she was in everything he had to tell her about the management of his disease. I have had several parents approach me to tell me that their son or daughter knows more about Type 1 Diabetes than they do because of all him shared with the class. It is a terrifying thought for a parent to worry that their child may have a life-threatening emergency at school due to high or low blood sugar. Mrs. Wright has told us from the beginning that him's safety at school is a top priority. We believe her completely. We have heard terrible stories from other parents of Type 1 children having a hard time at school because the teachers didn't understand the disease and possible ramifications. We feel so fortunate that our experience with Mrs. Wright has been exactly the opposite. In fact, she goes above and beyond, in our opinion, in all aspects of teaching him and his classmates not only the common core, but also teaching each of them to be kind, compassionate and caring kids.
-Allen, Linda Killworth on Bailey 3rd grade teacher Jackie Wright
"Mrs. Klare is my daughter, Anna’s, 3nd grade teacher at Indian Run Elementary. It’s difficult to write a letter about a woman you’ve only met a handful of times, but yet feel compelled to nominate her for such an award because of the impact she has made on her students in the eight short months she has been their teacher. Simply put, Mrs. Klare is an amazing teacher. She possesses all of the qualities you would expect from a committed teacher that loves her job. She’s kind, caring, thoughtful, fun, and she challenges her students to put forth their best effort in ALL areas of their life. When thinking of Mrs. Klare there is one word that comes to mind – FUN! My daughter has had so much fun in third grade this year! The engaging lessons Mrs. Klare creates for her students are simply outstanding. Not only are the children learning, but they’re having a great time in doing so! Mrs. Klare’s dedication to her students and her lessons is remarkable and it will make an impression on their little hearts and minds which is sure to last a lifetime. Here are just some of the exemplary lessons Mrs. Klare has created for her students this year: 1 – CHOP UP: Students had to search through old magazines looking for non-fiction text features, “chop them up”, and then glue them to their dining menus. This lesson came complete with chef hats and red checkered table clothes! (Photo Included) 2 – MATH DONUTS: Students used donuts to represent fractions in different ways. How fun and yummy is that? (Photo Included) 3 – SCIENCE LAB: Using experiments to understand different states of matter! (Photo Included) 4 – SNOWBALL FIGHT: To review for a division assessment, Mrs. Klare created “snowballs” and had the kids throw them about the room. Once the snowball fight was over, the students had to find the division sentence that matches the quotient. (Photo Included) 5 – 12 DAYS OF KINDNESS: During the holidays, Mrs. Klare encouraged the students to promote kindness. Every day she would reveal a new act of kindness and encouraged the students to preform that act! (Photo Included) 6 – SENTENCE SURGERY: The students had to do “sentence surgery” to practice making compound sentences and using conjunctions appropriately. My daughter still has the surgical mask and hair net props in her desk drawer! (Photo Included) 7 – AGENT SMART IN THE SPY LAB: To wrap up a multiplication unit, Mrs. Klare transformed herself and her classroom into Agent Smart and the Spy Lab. Within this lesson the students had to identify important information in word problems and then use their problem-solving strategies to find the answers. This lesson made such an impact on my daughter! (Photo Included) 8 – FLASHLIGHT FRIDAY: On Fridays students are encouraged to use flashlights during independent reading. You have no idea how exciting this is for a 3rd grader! (Photo Included) 9 – AREA and PERIMETER JUNGLE: The students went on a safari practicing their area and perimeter skills. Students had 10 challenges to complete, testing their knowledge! (Photo Included) Besides her amazing lessons, Mrs. Klare also makes a point to acknowledge positive behavior exhibited by her students. My daughter has received several encouraging notes from Mrs. Klare acknowledging the good choices she has made in the classroom. She has made personal phone calls or sent personal emails informing us of 3rd grade friend issues that we may want to keep an eye on or just to let us know what a great job Anna has been doing in class. I can’t tell you how much that means to us as parents! (Photo Included) Mrs. Klare is an AMAZING teacher. The fun and excitement she brings to the classroom makes ME want to go back to 3rd grade! Seriously, my daughter can’t wait to go to school to see what fun, engaging lesson Mrs. Klare has planned for their next learning standard. Her teaching style encourages a love for learning that I’m sure the students will carry with them throughout their lives. I couldn’t be more proud to have Sarah Klare educate my child. I feel so blessed that my daughter was able to get the “Mrs. Klare Experience” this year."
"Jaymie has a heart of gold and is willing to go above and beyond for coworkers and students every single day. There has never been a task that seems too big to accomplish when Jaymie is on your side. She makes herself available to attend meetings, teach lessons while we observe, help the staff develop meaningful and challenging lessons, and supports us in any way she can. The students in the building all know and love her. Her patience is like no one else’s. She has such a kind heart and celebrates student successes daily. On top of her duties at school, she also plans and holds professional development courses for other teachers in the district. Wright is a better place with Jaymie in it!"
-Alisha Caldwell on Wright math coach Jaymie Obney
"My daughter has autism and can have some severe behaviors. Christy is not just patient, but really takes the time and effort to “get” my child. My daughter is a freshman this year and our transition was nothing short of spectacular. Actually all of our intervention specialist at elementary and middle school here in Dublin are phenomenal people and educators. I can’t say enough good! Christy loves my child and I can feel it, she’s an amazing example of how all teachers should think about their students."
-Lina Berling on Coffman intervention specialist Christy Fields
"Andrew is a needed daily at Indian Run by not only students, but staff. He is consistently calm and always knows what words to say. He is honest, caring, and professional. He can somehow naturally read anyone’s thoughts and feelings. He wants to help everyone in anyway he can. He works hard to help students share their feelings and emotions to really get to know them. He is determined to get students to love coming to school and feel safe."
-Katie Matthews on Indian Run counselor Andrew Phillips
-Melinda Norfleet on Indian Run 3rd grade teacher Sarah Klare
"Mrs. Buzzard is my son, Will’s, 1st grade teacher at Indian Run Elementary. Mrs. Buzzard has been such a positive force in my son’s academic, social and emotional growth this year. Simply put, Mrs. Buzzard is a wonderful, impactful teacher. She possesses all of the qualities you would expect from a committed teacher that loves her job. She is kind, caring, thoughtful, and she challenges the children to put forth their best effort. Just a few reasons I believe Mrs. Buzzard should receive the Gold Shamrock Award: POWERFUL BLOG: She is diligent in her efforts to keep parents informed as to the latest happenings in classroom. Seriously, you should see this blog! It is nothing short of a production with photos, videos, extra lessons for further home instruction and more. As a parent, the thought and effort she puts forth in these weekly blog is so very much appreciated. IMPRESSIVE CLASSROOM MANAGMENT: I wish the committee could visit Jill’s classroom. There is a calmness about it as soon as you walk in and Jill will instantly greet you with a smile. The children know what is expected of them, and they, in turn, provide her with the respect she deserves. Her demeanor and management style exudes calmness and caring. As former teacher myself, I will tell you there is nothing more important than providing a warm, comforting, safe learning environment for your students. HELPFUL FEEDBACK: The feedback she provides on completed assignments she sends home is so helpful. She often provides an encouraging comment or asks questions of the student in an effort to promote further understanding. This provides a wonderful resource for us to use at home to go over Will’s learning. THOUGHTFUL LESSONS: She has many wonderful lessons throughout the year that have truly impacted my son. The level of student participation and student collaboration is phenomenal! Mrs. Buzzard is an OUTSTANDING teacher. She has a heart of gold and truly wants to shape her students into upstanding, proud, kind, giving members of their community. As we all know, the world needs more citizens with those qualities and we certainly need more teachers like Mrs. Buzzard. I couldn’t be more proud to have Jill Buzzard educate my child."
-Melinda Norfleet on Indian Run 1st grade teacher Jill Buzzard
"Kendra Sowards is a 1st grade teacher at Glacier Ridge Elementary. She has exceeded my expectations this year by creating a classroom culture that not only meets the educational needs of the students, but encourages them to be creative, think flexibility, and thrive on their strengths. Kendra deserves recognition because she has done an outstanding job in the following areas: • Creates a Small Community Feel – Even though we are in a large District of 16,000+, and a big elementary school with 700+ students, Kendra makes her first grade classroom feel like a family. There is open communication between her and parents, she welcomes parents to be involved whether through being a Mystery Reader, helping in the class, or allowing all parents to come to the classroom parties. • Utilizes Technology to Connect the Home to the Classroom – Kendra uses “Homeroom” daily to give a glimpse into the classroom. Parents see what projects students are working on, what challenging math problems they discussed that day, or demonstrates how writing has improved since the beginning of the year. Homeroom has allowed parents to connect names and faces of other students and “get to know” all the other kids in the class without even stepping foot in the room. • Creates Daily Conversation Starters – Because of Homeroom and Kendra’s daily posts, I have the inside resources to not only ask my child “how was school?”, but specific questions like “how is the science experiment ‘Do Plants Need Air to Survive’ going?” or “I saw today you were working on nonfiction research projects. What topic did you choose?”. • Supports the theory “It Takes A Village” - Mrs. Sowards class has several grandparents who are active in their grandkids lives. Homeroom has given them an idea of what is going in the classroom and is an amazing conversation starter for these extended relatives as well. When my parents pick Taylor up after school they already know what she did that day and if she has any upcoming deadlines. • Incorporates Student Interest into Classroom Activities – Kendra constantly tailors the 1st grade educational requirements to include the individual interests of the class. • Encourages Parent Participation – Kendra allows all parents to join classroom events. For some parents they may only get to come once a year into the classroom and instead of limiting the number to only two, she welcomes all parents who would like to come. She welcomes weekly Mystery Readers such as parents, grandparents, and siblings. Kendra has done an amazing job this year by not just checking the boxes of what she must cover, but by creating a classroom environment where learning is fun, interesting, and something the kids look forward to everyday."
-Melissa Bogner on Glacier Ridge 1st grade teacher Kendra Sowards