Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

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

Feb. 28, 2018 -- 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 February, 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. 

Since beginning this recognition program in October, CH-UH has received more than 250 nominations from across the district, including 40 new nominations in February.

The honorees will be recognized at the CH-UH Board of Education regular meeting on Tuesday, March 6. 

Read about our previous honorees:

Tiger Team Members of the Month - February 2018

Nicole MillerHeights High School
Nicole Miller, Science Teacher
“Nicole has a way of making students feel comfortable with themselves just the way they are. Thanks to these awesome relationships she fosters, students are always willing to go above and beyond for her. Nicole supports her department and is always there to help her team whenever they need her. Students not only learn science with Nicole but they learn how to love learning because of her!” 


Michael MurrayHeights High School
Michael Murray, School Counselor
“Michael Murray is always very kind and generous with his time. He greets students every morning in the hallway. He is always first to offer assistance to colleagues. He is highly respected and a valuable asset for CH-UH. He is a team player, loves kids, goes above and beyond, has a great attitude with all stakeholders, great customer service, and attention to detail!”


Deborah FrostMonticello at Heights Middle School
Deborah Frost, Gifted Intervention Specialist
“Ms. Frost works tirelessly for all of our students. Not only does she teach the MSSP gifted enrichment program for Monticello, but also helps run many clubs/sports. She coaches girl's tennis, helps run MSAN, National Junior Honor Society, and Power of the Pen. She serves on countless committees as well. I don't know how she finds the time to do everything she does.”


Josh GoldbergRoxboro at Heights Middle School
Josh Goldberg, Intervention Specialist
“Mr. Goldberg has a fantastic relationship with his students. He plans enriching activities that develop life-long skills. He invests time and energy into his lessons to ensure engaged participation. He's an advocate for students with special needs, and he's also a reliable staff member that others can count on when needed. He is patient, kind and extremely dedicated.”


Michael JenkinsBoulevard Elementary
Michael Jenkins, Principal
“Dr. Jenkins goes out of his way to build relationships with students. It is a joy to see students seek him out during the day for a hug or to play a game of football at recess. He has kept the staff focused and is a great leader. He has made quite an impact on the students and staff by building meaningful relationships. He is a shining example of what a principal should be and leads with integrity. We are blessed by his humor, kindness and ongoing support!”

Emily HesseCanterbury Elementary
Emily Hesse, Intervention Specialist
“Emily is such a committed, hard-working special education teacher--truly, one of the best.  She has such high standards for all of her students and backs up those expectations with excellent, effective instructional strategies and techniques. Emily is a great advocate for her students, and speaks up to make sure their needs are met at all times. The Canterbury staff are lucky to have someone as knowledgeable as Emily as a go-to resource for ideas to support ALL of their students.”

Mindalore HamiltonFairfax Elementary
Mindalore Hamilton, Intervention Specialist
“Mindy ALWAYS goes above and beyond for her students. She is an amazing teacher and she  always challenges her students to do their best. Mindy's passion for teaching her students and helping them succeed and grow is extremely important to her. She makes sure she does whatever she can in order to support her students and their extraordinary needs. More times than not, that means getting to school an hour early, staying late, writing and editing endless IEPs, putting out recess and lunch fires and making her students feel safe, cared for and loved. She is an invaluable teacher at Fairfax.”

Danielle VighGearity PD Elementary
Danielle Vigh, Early Childhood Program Specialist
“Danielle goes above and beyond to serve students, teachers, and parents to the best of her ability! She has done an immense amount of work to get funding for programs, attend and participate in parent meetings, and listen to and help with staff concerns. She is a constant advocate for our district. Her efforts make a difference in the lives of children! We are so lucky to have her as part of our program!”

Marian StephensNoble Elementary
Marian Stephens, Fourth Grade Teacher
“Marian makes class fun! The kids learn and crave for more. She has a way of getting the kids involved and wanting to learn. She is caring, compassionate, and makes each child feel special. She has students from last year coming to say hello in the morning because they miss her. She has a unique way of being warm and inviting. This makes for a wonderful classroom to learn. Those kids want to learn from her. She always has their attention and respect.”

David MossOxford Elementary
David Moss, Head Custodian
“David is indispensable to Oxford. He keeps the building safe and clean and can fix any problem with a smile on his face. He is often the first face you see when walking into the building in the morning. He is willing to work with students for "meaningful work" to build a sense of responsibility.”


Linda SteffancinRoxboro Elementary
Linda Steffancin, Administrative Assistant
“Linda is eager to assist the teachers in copying needs, stuffing report cards, or handling purchase orders. Her creativity serves her well when she plans events and organizes the brochures. She works closely with the PTA to bring in amazing experiences for the students and has a heart of gold. Linda is the brains, heart, nuts and bolts, and the grease that keeps Roxboro functioning smoothly at the highest level. We love her here at Rox!”

Lynda HollandBoard of Education/Bus Depot/Millikin
Lynda Holland, Confidential Administrative Assistant (Student Services)
“Lynda is a true professional. She handles multiple tasks for the Student Services/Special Education Departments. She is very dedicated and hard-working. She is also caring and considerate of others and maintains an extremely positive attitude. She helps with anything that needs to be done, and will put down whatever she is working on to lend a hand. She is a true joy to have in our department. We are very lucky to have Lynda!”

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