Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

CH-UH Recognizes Tiger Team Members of the Month for November

Nov. 30, 2017 -- The theme across the CH-UH School District this year is “A Culture of Excellence”. In that spirit, each month CH-UH is recognizing employees who go above and beyond to create a culture of excellence in our district.

For November, CH-UH is honoring 12 people as the “Tiger Team Members of the Month”. Each honoree was nominated by a colleague--and in some instances multiple colleagues--and the nominees were then voted upon by a committee comprised of staffers across the district. 

The honorees will be recognized at the CH-UH Board of Education regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Read about our October honorees.

Tiger Team Members of the Month - November

Heights High School/Delisle Options Center
Joshua Luton, Dean of Students
“New to the high school, Mr. Luton has been awesome with the students and staff. He is making a difference in the building, and it is noticed by all. Mr. Luton is positive with both staff and students. He has a ton of ideas to improve and build school spirit!”
Joshua Luton
Heights High School
Becky McDonald, Math Teacher
“Becky works incredibly hard to collaborate with other teachers. She regularly gives up her lunch to work with/reteach concepts to students. She also runs a collaborative special help session after school in her classroom. She gets here early every morning and puts in extra time after school.”
Becky McDonald 
Monticello at Heights Middle School
Tony Dean, Head Custodian
“Tony is one happy custodian. We are very lucky to have him here at Heights Middle School. He is always friendly and very helpful. He is always moving throughout parts of the building assisting staff members.”
Tony Dean
Roxboro at Heights Middle School
Linda Rudy, Head School Nurse
“Linda is an amazing nurse, who always goes above and beyond for not only our students, but our staff as well. She takes time with all the nurses and aides, to talk to them on a personal level, and supports them with things that they might need help with. Linda works so very hard at what she does, and people really need to know just how great she is at being our head nurse for CH-UH.”
Linda Rudy
Boulevard Elementary
Karen Spinks, Administrative Assistant
“Mrs. Spinks is the heart of Boulevard. She is always willing to help where needed. She multi-tasks with a positive, caring attitude even during critically busy times. The entire Boulevard Community benefits from her strong work ethic, commitment and extreme wittiness. Kids love her, the staff loves her, and our families love her. She is truly ‘Mrs Boulevard’.”
Karen Spinks
Canterbury Elementary
Roberta Warren, Security Monitor
“Roberta goes above and beyond her job description. She helps students in the lunchroom and outside at recess. She helps direct traffic during dismissal and helps get the students on and off the bus. She is always willing to help Canterbury and do whatever is necessary to help Canterbury's climate be peaceful while doing her job as a security monitor.”  
Roberta Warren
Fairfax Elementary
Leslie Garrett, IB Program Specialist
“Leslie has worked tirelessly with our staff on the IB process. Leslie is dedicated to helping our students achieve success by utilizing the IB framework. She brings enthusiasm, knowledge and unending support to the staff. She has been a driving force in our building and district, and deserves to be honored!”

Leslie Garrett
Gearity PD Elementary
Deltha Gray, Administrative Assistant
“Mrs. Gray truly is the backbone of Gearity! Without her we would be lost! She is always on the run making sure the day runs smoothly for all of us and does it all with a smile on her face. We greatly appreciate all that Mrs. Gray does for our students and staff!”

Deltha Gray
Noble Elementary
Elizabeth Bruce, Third Grade Teacher
“Liz consistently sets the bar high for her team and her students.  She provides her students with the most rich educational experience, one that is individualized and personalized in order to help each student achieve their own personal greatness.  You will never hear Liz say a student "can't" regardless of their situation. I have been inspired by her, learned from her, and having had the opportunity to work with her has made me a better teacher.”

Elizabeth Bruce
Oxford Elementary
Kristie Marbury, Fifth Grade Teacher
“Kristie is willing to do whatever is best for kids and other teachers at all times to make sure that academics are the focus and that all students are given the opportunity to learn. She puts her entire heart into teaching and is amazing at inspiring students to achieve higher than they know they are capable of achieving. She teaches them to rise above their previous expectations of themselves, and the growth that you see in her classroom is truly exceptional.”

Kristie Marbury
Roxboro Elementary
Melissa Garcar, IB Program Specialist 
“Melissa does an amazing job of making sure that several buildings across the district are meeting the high expectations of IB. She works with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members to be a champion of IB. Not only does she bring her years of experience and knowledge to the table, but she also is such a kind and sweet colleague.  She is loved by students, parents, and staff members. She is a true asset to our district.”

Melissa Garcar
Board of Education/Bus Depot/Millikin
Cameron Afzal, Bus Driver
“Mr. A takes pride in his job. Every time I have been lucky enough to have him escort our class on a  field trip he has made the trip enjoyable and truly cares about our kids and this school system. Furthermore, he drives my kids home daily and they both agree he is the highlight of their day. He spreads Love Peace and Happiness wherever he is!”

Cameron Afzal

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