Partners in Education is excited to present the Teacher of the Month and Academic All Star winners for the month of March. Keep reading for some really great stories of hard work and dedication.
Peyton Puckett-Cereghin, a second-grade student at Paulding Elementary, is our first Academic All Star. Bethany Smith, a teacher at the school says, “Peyton is full of spunk and tries very hard to get all her work done. She is helpful to others and always tries her best to cheer everyone up.”
Lexi Smith is a outstanding student athlete at Notre Dame High School. “Miss Smith is an excellent role model for our students. She is a well-behaved young lady who sets high standards for herself,” says Thomas Walker, principal at the school.
Mina Boocher is an Academic All Star from Milton-Union Middle School. Gentry Glasscoe, a teacher at the school, says, “Mina worked really hard in class when we were writing argumentative essays. Mina has a positive attitude in class.”
Emily Grim is a hardworking seventh grade student at Langsford Learning Center. Her instructor Sarah Scotland says, “Time and time again, I am impressed by her achievements. Working with Emily is a pleasure. She is a daily reminder of the reason I chose to teach.”
Harrison Payne is a helpful, well-liked student at Teays Valley West Middle School. “Harrison has such a great attitude in class every day. He is a pleasure to have in class, and is able to face any challenge given to him academically,” says Erica Neal, a teacher at the school.
Leila Ligon is a seventh grader at RB Chamberlin Middle School. Leila is described as an enthusiastic learner. Teacher Linda Brown says, “She uses her mature temperament to set positive examples of respect, responsibility and making the right choices on a daily basis. Leila’s multi-faceted and dynamic personality is showcased through her detailed writing, her contributions to class discussions, and her involvement in Robotics Club.”
Cooper Vance is a eighth grade student at East Palestine Middle School. Vance is an honor roll student who has great attendance and is part of the Builders Club, an academic recognition incentive program. He is on the baseball and the basketball teams as well. He is a hard-working young man who deserves to be recognized for his great work in and out of the classroom.
Melanie Porterfield is an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month from Morrison-Gordon Elementary, located in Athens County. Porterfield teaches first grade and is described as a “wonderful” teacher. She is dedicated to her profession and recently put together a “Donors Choose” project to raise money to purchase books for her classroom.
Sue May is a fourth-grade English Language Arts teacher at St. John’s Elementary. “Mrs. May truly enjoys her job and was meant to be a teacher. She actively engages her students in creative projects and pulls out their motivation to learn. She especially does an excellent job working with students who have learning difficulties. She encourages them and makes sure that they feel like they fit in,” says Nancy Bonifas.
Sue Cunningham is a Teacher of the Month at Teays Valley West Middle School.
“She is very helpful and understanding. Her care goes beyond academics and she advocates for her students. Mrs. Cunningham loves being a teacher and believes in providing students with skills they will carry with them in their future. Her kindness and loving attitude help students when they are struggling know that school is a welcoming and safe place to learn,” says assistant principal Allison Swanger.
Heather Ambrus is a Fine Arts teacher at Mentor High School. She is dedicated to her students and to the profession. Ambrus goes out her way to make sure her students are “successful” and that they continue to grow and achieve more in her classroom. She is the head coach and founder of the Sparkle Cheerleader program.
Kristi Wertz is a science/STEM teacher at East Palestine Middle School. School counselor Liz Sherry says, “She focuses on utilizing high-interest materials to engage her students. Throughout the school year, she organized several hands-on events for families and students to interact, such as STEM & Science Nights and the Science Fair. In addition to these events, Mrs. Wertz is the adviser for the middle school Science Club, where she plans activities for members once a month.” She is dedicated to her profession and to the school itself.
Congratulations to all of our March winners! Be sure to submit your nominations for the May winners. The deadline is May 10!