Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

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

Dec. 20, 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 December, 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, Jan. 9. Read about our October honorees and our November honorees.

Tiger Team Members of the Month - December

Heights High School
Karen Blair, Adaptive PE Teacher
“Karen is simply outstanding! She does such a phenomenal job with her students every day even while she has had some health setbacks recently Her students really miss her, and we are praying for a healthy return.”
Delisle Options Center
Claude Holland, Interim Site Supervisor
“Mr. Holland is the face of the Options Center. He is outside in the morning and the afternoon greeting parents and sharing positive stories about students. Mr. Holland makes everyone who enters the doors of the Delisle Center understand that they are welcome. His dedication to engaging parents and caregivers dropping off students has really been inspiring.”
Claude Holland 
Monticello at Heights Middle School
Ann Bradley, School Counselor
“Ann is the glue that holds us all together, staff and students alike. She has the ability to calm any situation and is highly dependable, regardless of her jam-packed schedule. Ann deserves the highest praises!”
Ann Bradley
Roxboro at Heights Middle School
Amy Statler, Technology/Multimedia Teacher
“Amy is a role model educator who puts the staff, students and climate above anything else. Amy supports teachers, staff, and students at all times. She goes above and beyond to assist us all with our technology questions and needs and does so without complaining and ALWAYS has a smile on her face. I truly don't know what I would do without her, and I know many other teachers feel the same.”
Amy Statler
Boulevard Elementary
Betsy Race, School Counselor
“Betsy is an expert problem solver. She works tirelessly as our counselor, wearing many hats around our building. She has been in our district for OVER 30 years and enriches all of our lives. I have learned more from her example, expertise and leadership than I could express. We are blessed to have Betsy Race at Boulevard.”
Betsy Race
Canterbury Elementary
Brenda Gadowski, Administrative Assistant
“Brenda takes care of all of us! I cannot imagine Canterbury without her expertise and her smile in our office. She makes you her first priority.  She is just a genuinely good person who puts everyone else's needs in front of her own. She does this without looking for praise but simply out of the kindness of her heart.”  
Brenda Gadowski
Fairfax Elementary
Jessica Friedland, Art Teacher
“As an art teacher, Jessica integrates the practice of mindfulness and yoga into her instruction with elementary students, extending the learning from the classroom. Jessica has worked to create a culture of excellence at Fairfax. Her mindset is one of positive optimism.”

Jessica Friedland
Gearity PD Elementary
Vivian Colston, Cleaner 
“Mrs. Colston is a ray of sunshine at Gearity. She keeps our school bright, shining and clean, giving our students a pleasant and welcoming environment for learning. She always goes the extra mile to help anyone in our Gearity family with a cheerful smile for all. At the end of every school day, she greets students with a smile, hug, and even little treats. Mrs. Colston is a true gem and an AMAZING Tiger!”

Vivian Colston
Noble Elementary
Tracey Tyrrell, First Grade Teacher 
“Tracey always goes above and beyond for her students and fellow teachers. She plans meaningful lessons for her students and takes their interests into consideration when planning her lessons. She has helped me countless times find an activity to help with a specific concept or just to get my room set up in the morning for a substitute. Tracey is an integral part of our Noble Community.”

Tracey Tyrrell
Oxford Elementary
Patrick Carpenter, Teacher and Interim School Administrator 
“Patrick has taken on the temporary role of School Administrator while Ms. Pronty is out, and he has hit the ground running! He has been extremely positive, student and academic focused, dealt with some hard situations, and all with a smile on his face. He has kept Oxford together, afloat, and focused. His positive energy and enthusiasm have helped the culture of excellence blossom at Oxford. He is truly the heartbeat of our school.” 

Patrick Carpenter
Roxboro Elementary
Shelley Pulling, Principal 
“Mrs. Pulling is an exemplary leader who is hard-working, fair, and encouraging of the students and the staff. She is goal-oriented and is willing to put forth an impressive effort to help children to achieve academic and behavioral success, as well as emotional wellbeing. She creates relevant and motivating learning experiences for our staff and works with parents to be involved and informed.  Shelley Pulling is a valued member of the Roxboro learning community and a leader in CH-UH.”

Shelley Pulling
Board of Education/Bus Depot/Millikin
Erin Hanna, Coordinator of Student Services
“Erin is a kind and compassionate person who gives 110% to our special education department. She has excellent communication and problem-solving skills and answers any question or concern in a timely manner. When dealing with teachers, students, and parents, she makes all team members feel valued. She is always willing to lend a helping hand or find a way to support us in our work so we can be better at what we do. She is truly a positive representative of Tiger Nation.”

Erin Hanna

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