Tiger Team Members of the Month

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Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Tiger Team Members of the Month

2021-2022

October 2021
BOE/Bus Depot/Millikin - Becky Townsend
Becky is always helpful, professional, and just so nice to be around. She is extremely knowledgeable about her job and has great attention to detail. Becky cares very much about Tiger Nation and wants to see CH-UH succeed.

Boulevard - Ronna Schuler
Ronna works with our kids who are the most vulnerable with several disabilities and need a lot of extra support in their academics, behavior, and everyday functioning. This is quite a physical job every day every hour, every minute. She works tirelessly to advocate for and support her students. Her families love her and respect her as she has developed strong relationships with them as well. She hands down deserves this award and a standing ovation!

Canterbury - Melissa Garcar
Melissa helps wherever needed - she subs in classrooms, fills in as a lunch aide and does it all with positivity and grace. That is in addition to her role in supports teachers with their IB work and instruction. 

Delisle - Sheree Barnes
Ms. Barnes, the parapro for the Auto Tech CTE program, is a dedicated and passionate member of Tiger Nation. She is a detail-oriented, committed team-player. Ms. Barnes has a true heart for kids. She wants them all to succeed and excel and she will provide support when they need it. The CTE program, the Delisle Center, and the CH-UH district benefit from Ms. Barnes' willing spirit everyday.

Fairfax - George Gee
George is amazing with the students who are in crisis mode. He is so effective in calming them down and refocusing them on the task at hand. What's even more amazing is that he will step in and help his colleagues with challenging students.

Gearity - Emily Dralle
Ms. Dralle is in her second year of teaching at Gearity and has worked hard to gain a deep understanding of our school's instructional approach as she implements Reciprocal Teaching into her lesson design. Ms. Dralle has incorporated our PBIS framework into her classroom management system. She is representing Gearity on the District's new Safe School Advisory Committee.

Heights High - LaJuana Smith
At the helm of scheduling coverage for classes and is always available to help or help people connect in the building. Always friendly and calm regardless of what may be happening in the moment. 

Monticello - Robert Gambatese
Mr. Gambatese is an awesome Individuals and Societies 6th grade teacher. He creates positive relationships with his students. He goes out of his way to connect with their current interests. He keeps a positive attitude and is always willing to help his team out.  

Noble - Tamiko Patton
Tamiko Patton is constantly doing a great job with the young scholars, and she helps in classrooms when there is a shortage of substitutes. Tamiko Patton is a great staff member who wants nothing but the best for Tiger Nation and its students.

Oxford - Millicent Litten
With over 15 years of dedication to Oxford and her Kindergarten students, Miss Litten exemplifies what it means to be a Tiger! As one of the first faces students meet at Oxford, Ms. Litten is an example of excellence and flexibility. Her organizational skills and mastery of curriculum make her a true professional. She is always part of something extra whether it is the BLT or TAP, literacy nights, or a kick-off you can count on Millie to be there with a smile. She has impeccable knowledge of her students and is always advocating for each and every one of them so that they are set on the road to success. Miss Litten helps us all Rise up!

Rox El - Caroline Lorimer
You can always find Caroline brightening up our school in creative ways, such as decorating the hallways with student artwork.

Rox Mid - Deborah McCollum
Deb keeps our building running! Thank you for all of your hard work!
September 2021
BOE/Bus Depot/Millikin - Kelvin Robinson
Kelvin has supported the District's Operations for the start of school by managing teacher moves, COVID supplies pickup and delivery to our schools. Kelvin has also successfully managed the daily responsibilities of Grounds maintenance, which includes athletic fields, parking lots, grass and all outside school property. Kelvin always politely & professionally responds to every request and makes it happen; he is one employee who gets things done!

Boulevard - Caryl Yoo
Caryl Yoo is starting her second year at Boulevard Elementary school. She came to a new building, learned the building including students, staff and families, and each and every day she jumps in. Caryl is always rolling up her sleeves to join the team to do whatever is necessary to help the students succeed. In addition, she is one funny staff member, always trying to find the best of each situation. An eternal optimist!

Canterbury - Katie Maric
Katie has transitioned into her new role as K-2 Gifted Intervention Specialist for the PETS program with excitement and a passion to excel. Her willingness to tackle 5 buildings, effectively communicate with teachers and principals, as well as making thoughtful family connections is inspiring. Katie's creative perspective, flexibility, and attention to detail is an asset to all she works with. I am honored to work alongside her. For all these reasons and more, Katie should be recognized as Tiger Team Member of the Month.

Delisle - Johnathan Haslett
As our IT intern, Johnathan works hard to clean, troubleshoot, and repair hundreds of our students' Chromebooks.

Fairfax - Sonya Smith
Ms. Smith is a dedicated, loving, hard worker who goes beyond her position at Fairfax.

Gearity - Deltha Gray
Mrs. Gray works tirelessly to support the staff and families of Gearity Elementary School. Mrs. Gray is the calm face that greets everyone as they come in the building. She comes early and stays late making sure everyone has what they need to be successful.  

Heights High - Patrick Gleba
Patrick is very innovative in his position as an ASL teacher. His classes are multi-level with high enrollments. Patrick is always trying new techniques to engage his students to perform successfully. He researches and utilizes technology to maximize on time well spent communicating in Sign Language. In his position as the girls' soccer coach, Patrick is the ultimate in sportsmanship, civility, team building and improving soccer skills. His passion for the sport is evident!

Monticello - Kay Milkie
Kay Milkie definitely believes in the phrase, “Together We RISE.”  She is always willing to assist any student or staff member, at any time. As Monticello experienced a great loss due to the homegoing of Daisy Tims, Mrs. Milkie stepped in to ensure the students and substitute teacher felt supported every step of the way. Also during week two of the school year, I was in a car accident near the school. Mrs. Milkie made sure my students enjoyed each lesson in my absence during this time as well. Mrs. Milkie's passion for togetherness as well as enhancing our community is inspirational and should be recognized. She is a huge part of what makes Monticello Middle School an engaging, technology-rich, caring learning environment for all students. 

Noble - Gabriela DiDona
Gabriella is such a ray of sunshine at Noble Elementary. She is always putting in the extra effort with the Noble staff and our scholars. Whether she is putting together resources for her scholars to use at home and practice their reading fluency or she is planning birthday surprises for the staff, Gabriella always goes above and beyond. We are so lucky to have you at Noble, Gabriella!

Oxford - Melissa Schwartz
Melissa makes every day a better day for her students and fellow staff members at Oxford. She is such a ray of sunshine in our building. She has gone above and beyond to make Oxford a great place.  

Rox El - Candace Summers
Candace is such a great resource to all teachers, staff and students. I really enjoy working with her at examining my data and finding ways to help my students succeed and improve. Candace helps every single one of us become better as teachers. 

Rox Mid - Anisha Shapiro
Anisha is the team lead for special education at Rox Mid, and has supported new teachers and tries her hardest to ensure student needs are being met. 
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