Partners in Education Presents the First Winners of the School Year

Every school year the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education program recognizes hardworking teachers and students across Ohio.  The winners for September and October Academic All Stars are in, and here are their stories.


Griffin Vacchelli

Griffin Vaccelli is an 8th grader at Heights Middle School who has meticulous work and uses kind words toward his classmates and teachers.

Wade Huelsmeyer, an All Star at Paulding Elementary, puts forth great effort. His teachers say that he “deserves to be recognized for his determination”.

Paige Barnes, is an true asset to her school, Milton-Union Middle School. Her willingness to help others who are struggling makes her a standout.



Paige Barnes

Reagan Holzbacher is a very positive role model, and her positive attitude is described as contagious by her teachers at Teays Valley West Middle School. 

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Walter Tidenberg III

Academic All Star Kaliegh Hummer is a kind, caring honor student at E.L. Bowsher High School.

Reagan Fullen of Teays Valley West Middle School, is an outstanding leader in the classroom and on the athletic field.


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Aleks Martinez is an Academic All Star at Edison Middle School. He is a trained peer mediator  and a leader who leads by example.

Jacob Sloppy of East Palestine Middle School is being recognized as an Academic All Star because his manners and attention to caring for others is commendable.

There are thousands of amazing teachers throughout the great state of Ohio. Here are the few that earned Teacher of the Month honors. Beth Kelly and Emily Miller are both outstanding teachers at Paulding Elementary. Kelly is described an awesome teacher that runs her classroom with “love and discipline,” says Jan Kohart, a staff member at the school. Miller is known at her school to take each child and accept them for who they are.

tomChristopher Randolph and Jennifer Damon are two winners from Mark Twain Elementary. Randolph cares about his students and takes a great interest in them, both inside and outside the classroom.  He attends their sports games and is happy to come to after school events.  Damon is described by her peers as being humble, compassionate, giving, and inspiring.

Tamette Duckworth, a 25-year veteran teacher and coach at Princeton High School, developed the boys’ volleyball program and helped form them into not only great players but outstanding young men.

Reba Fisher of  Teays Valley West Middle School, is an outstanding educator because she is an amazing, helpful teacher. Georgean Lazzara is an algebra teacher at East Palestine Middle School. She is a very kind and understanding teacher who is dedicated to student success.  Adrianna November, an Intervention Specialist at Heights Middle School, is described as encouraging to all students, giving in every single way and generous with her time teaching.

Patricia Meeks teaches at Teays Valley East and West Middle Schools and is dedicated to working with the high school band. According to Assistant Principal Allison Swanger, “Each day Patricia brings character, knowledge, skill, and passion to the classroom and beyond.”


Courtney Vogt

Courtney Vogt is a teacher at Morrison Gordon Elementary. Vogt is changing the lives of her students in the classroom and is giving them the confidence and self-worth that they need.

Patrick DiNapoli, a teacher at East Palestine Middle School, is an asset to the school and is an outstanding teacher who cares about his students.

Kudos to all of the September and October winners! Your hard work is appreciated!

You can nominate an outstanding teacher or student for Teacher of the Month and Academic All star by clicking here. All nominations are due by 5:00 pm on the 10th of every month.


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