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Board Recognizes Tiger Team Members of the Month, Civic Award Winners

TTMOTM November Winners 
Dec. 13, 2019 -- The CH-UH City School District strives for “A Culture of Excellence” in every aspect of the organization. At the heart of this pursuit of excellence are the 900+ employees in the district. In that spirit, each month CH-UH recognizes those employees who go above and beyond on behalf of our students and our school community. 

For November, CH-UH honored 12 people as the Tiger Team Members of the Month. Each honoree was nominated by a colleague--and in some instances multiple colleagues--for their dedicated service to the district. 

The honorees were recognized at the CH-UH Board of Education meeting on December 9.

Heights High School
Jacqueline Blockson, Guidance Technician
“Jackie is always going above and beyond for our students. Not only does she spend hours finding the right scholarships for the right students, she then hunts them down with applications. Jackie is a true Tiger of the Month!”

Delisle Options Center
Valerie Sanders, Administrative Assistant 
“Ms. Sanders is truly the glue that holds our office together at Options. She is constantly working to make sure staff, students and parents have everything they need. Ms. Sanders’ sparkling smile and personality light up a room. We are lucky to have her!”

Monticello Middle School
Sarah Cusick, Science Teacher
“Ms. Cusick has worked endless hours to ensure that the start of this school year is the very best and most rewarding for her students. She has intentionally planned Science lessons for her 7th graders that are engaging and exciting. Within two weeks of school the 7th graders had already completed two "lab days"; one being an Escape Room. She was the key to why students were hooked into some very challenging problem solving, and why they were so excited when those problems were solved. Ms. Cusick's work ethic is admirable and her ability to build relationships with students so quickly into a school year is an example for us all.”

Roxboro Middle School
Sarah Davis, General Office
“Sarah is an asset to Roxboro Middle School. Her warm smile greets the parents/visitors to the school. She is always willing to help the principals and other office staff at all times, going above and beyond the call of duty. She is dedicated, a hard worker and makes Roxboro Rock!”

Boulevard Elementary
LaToya Britton, Lunch Aide
“LaToya is a bus driver as well as a lunch aide. She is very patient with her students and they love her. She is always ready to assist when needed and goes the extra mile to make sure her peers are having a great day. She is truly the real essence of a Tiger Team Member.”

Canterbury Elementary
Jason Franklin, Head Custodian
“Mr. Franklin is Canterbury’s new custodian this year and boy are we happy he is here. Jason not only takes care of the daily needs of maintaining the building and tending to the staff’s needs and requests, he has also completed many school improvement projects. We receive lots of compliments from visitors and parents on how beautiful and clean our building is. Jason completes every task and project with a professional attitude and perfection. We are also grateful for the custodial team and cleaning staff. They all work together like a well-oiled machine!"

Fairfax Elementary
Kristi Glasier, Fifth Grade Teacher
“She is a real team player with no questions asked. Always willing to help in any way she can. A true and dedicated teacher.”

Gearity PD Elementary
Jeanine Miller, Assistant Cook
“Mrs. Miller has been a long time Gearity parent as well as staff member. She is full of life, laughter and fun. She gives 100% plus to all Gearity students and staff. Mrs. Miller never fails to show students her concern for their total well-being, always making sure they’ve eaten breakfast and lunch, and she’s even personally purchased needed items for students. She lends a helping hand to Gearity activities like Homecoming and the monthly Cleveland Food Bank School Market. She makes herself available to assist in any way needed for students and staff. She is a great asset to the district and Gearity staff and I feel she is deserving of being recognized as a Tiger Team Member.”

Noble Elementary
Romina Berardinelli, Spanish Teacher
“Señora Romina has become an integral part of our Noble community. She is quick to jump in and assist with anything, and is always looking for ways to use her talents to make our school a better place. Noble is decked out in signs - many student-created - that show locations and features in Spanish. Finally, our students love going to Spanish class, because it is taught in a way that is exciting, engaging, and empowering. Señora Romina is the best!”

Oxford Elementary
Edie Fiala, Social Worker
“Mrs. Fiala has a heart of gold. She always goes the extra mile to help everyone. She is the true definition of an angel. She gives her all everyday and is committed to the students at Oxford Elementary. We couldn't ask for a better social worker. Shout out to Mrs. Fiala.”

Roxboro Elementary
Charles Coffey, Fifth Grade Teacher
“Mr. Coffey uses fun, interactive strategies to support his fifth graders as they become principled role models at Rox El. Students take ownership of their behaviors and learning in his classroom. Mr. Coffey also shares instructional strategies with his colleagues during TBT. He is reflective and open-minded as he finds ways to support students' learning. We are lucky to have Mr. Coffey on our Rox El Team!”

Board of Education/Bus Depot/Millikin
Sharon Rohler, EMIS Coordinator/Systems Analyst
“Sharon is extremely knowledgeable and is always happy to share information whenever needed. The State Report Card and Ed Choice are complicated subjects, but Sharon breaks it down in a way that I can understand and communicate. She is also very pleasant to work with and has a great sense of humor!”
Awardees not present:
 Civic Award Winners
Also in November, Gearity physical education teacher Dr. Fiona Connor and Board of Education President Jodi Sourini were recognized at the City of University Heights Civic Awards. Dr. Connor was named Educator of the Year and Ms. Sourini was named Public Servant of the Year. These women have given years of commitment to our schools, going far beyond their job descriptions to improve our education system and foster relationships within the community.

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