Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

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

Oct. 27, 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 October, 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 Monday, Nov. 6.

Tiger Team Members of the Month - October

Heights High School/Delisle Options Center
Joyce Bukovac, Math Teacher
“She is an amazing teacher who puts in all her effort everyday so that no student feels like they can't do math. One day I hope to be as an amazing teacher as Joyce.”
Joyce Bukovac
Monticello at Heights Middle School
James Dubsky, Dean of Students
“He is responsive to parents, respectful with students and collaborative with teacher teams. The administrative team could not have a better colleague to work with.”
James Dubsky 
Monticello at Heights Middle School
Charlene Lightfoot, Administrative Assistant
“With Monticello making the move to Wiley, Mrs. Lightfoot has been the glue holding it all together. It is nice to see her smiling face every morning as we check our mailboxes.”
Charlene Lightfoot
Roxboro at Heights Middle School
Lia Radke, 7th & 8th Grade AVID Teacher
“Lia's enthusiasm and excitement for teaching is contagious! She demonstrates what a perfect lesson should be. The kids respond with energy and enthusiasm. It is inspiring. Her lessons have helped me in my classroom to be a better teacher. She has reignited a spark I desperately needed.”
Lia Radke
Boulevard Elementary
Jackie Taylor, STEM Program Specialist
“Her dedication to education as well as to her fellow staff members and helping out whenever and wherever she can is what makes her so special. One of the most amazing things about her, is that Jackie spends her time between two buildings (Boulevard and Gearity), runs Camp Invention, and finds time to raise a family.”
Jackie Taylor
Canterbury Elementary
Rita Haag, Special Education Aide
“Rita always has a smile on her face and a willingness to help each and every person in our building. She is fantastic with how she always works to help students be their best independently. She is AMAZING! Our whole building loves her!”
Rita Haag
Fairfax Elementary
Kristen Kephart, Title I Literacy Lead
“Kristen is so much more than a Title 1 teacher. Kristen is a leader in our building and is committed to doing what is best for students. She comes early and leaves late and is always willing to pitch in to help. I am so fortunate to work with someone who is so dedicated to creating a Culture of Excellence!”
Kristen Kephart
Gearity PD Elementary
Heather Higham, School Counselor
“Mrs. Higham wears many hats to ensure that Gearity students are well cared for, have a positive attitude and feel safe at school and home. No matter how busy she is, Mrs. Higham will always find time to sit with a student who needs someone to listen. Her bright smile and positive outlook are two of the main reasons Gearity is a great place to work!”
Heather Higham
Noble Elementary
Heather Richardson, ALC Ancillary
“Heather is new to Noble and has worked hard to establish herself as a part of the Noble Family with our students, parents, and staff. She has quickly become the go-to person to assist with students and staff. She goes above and beyond to assist whenever and wherever needed, and we all truly appreciate her enthusiasm and willingness to help.”
Heather Richardson
Oxford Elementary
Alexia Boyles, Third Grade Teacher
“Alexia spends countless hours working on enrichment opportunities for students at Oxford. She has led the Girls on the Run team and is also a key member of the team who puts on Disney Musicals in Schools. Her dedication and energy are much appreciated by students and staff!”
Alexia Boyles
Roxboro Elementary
Tanya Niraj, Attendance Secretary
“Tanya has been a wonderful addition to the CH-UH family from the time she began with us as a substitute. Tanya goes out of her way every day to be helpful to parents, students, teachers and co-workers. She is helpful, caring and dedicated. Tanya is a perfect example of excellence in our district!”
Tanya Niraj
Board of Education/Bus Depot/Millikin
Christina Bauer, Program Specialist for Technology
“Christy gets the job done! I am in awe of her work ethic and determination to do what is best for the teachers and students of our district. This lady is a district gem; a true runner! Christy is always eager to help and provide ideas of how to integrate technology into the curriculum to make learning more relevant, interesting and fun for our students!”
Christina Bauer

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