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CH-UH Announces 2022 Teacher, Helping Hand, Administrator of the Year

May 26, 2022 -- The CH-UH City School District has named its Teacher of the Year, Helping Hand of the Year, and Administrator of the Year for 2021-2022. We are proud to announce the following winners:
 
Teacher of the Year
Desi Stewart - Dean of Students, Monticello Middle School

Helping Hand of the Year
Angela Cerne - Preschool Classroom Paraprofessional

Administrator of the Year
Scott Smith - Supervisor of Transportation

These three winners each received a Dell Chromebook courtesy of CDW-G and registration for a professional development conference in the U.S. within a one-year timeframe.
 
Selection and announcement process
The building winners were chosen by their school colleagues earlier this spring. The Teacher of the Year finalists and Helping Hand of the Year finalists were then selected through district-wide voting, and the Administrator of the Year finalists were selected by the Superintendent's Cabinet. The Teacher of the Year and Helping Hand of the Year overall winners were selected following panel interviews. The Administrator of the Year winner was selected following the finalists' presentations to the Cabinet.

Staff Awards Ceremony
At the ceremony on May 23, the District also recognized several other groups of dedicated employees, including this year’s 22 retirees:
  • Rorie Berg, Second Grade Teacher at Fairfax Elementary School (33 years)      
  • Jacqueline Blockson, Guidance Technician at Heights High School (33 years)
  • Pat Christopherson, Registration Coordinator (28 years)
  • George Coleman, Tradesperson (15 years)   
  • Tige Dague, Lead Tradesperson (32 years)
  • Donald Floro, Tradesperson (33 years)
  • Deborah Frost, MSSP Teacher/Gifted Intervention Specialist, Monticello Middle School (26 years)
  • Betsy Gilmore, IT Application Specialist (17 years)
  • Deltha Gray, Administrative Assistant at Gearity Elementary School (37 years)
  • Carolyn Jackson, Bus Driver (30 years)
  • Dr. Michelle Jackson, School Counselor at Noble Elementary School (30 years)
  • Gregory Jakab, Head Custodian at Roxboro Elementary School (15 years)
  • Deborah McCollum, Administrative Assistant at Roxboro Middle School (26 years)
  • James Pavsek, IT Support Technician (24 years)
  • Cara Pollock, Intervention Specialist at Heights High School (17 years)
  • Kelvin Robinson, Lead Groundskeeper (25 years)
  • Sharon Rohler, EMIS Coordinator (30 years)
  • Lorna Rudolph, Science Teacher at Heights High School (16 years)    
  • Belinda Steele, Paraprofessional at Fairfax Elementary School (25 years)
  • Rosa Taylor, Lunch Aide at Fairfax Elementary School (14 years)
  • Sandra Weiner, Preschool Associate at Gearity Elementary School (31 years)
  • Cheryl Zawacki, School Psychologist at Heights High School/Monticello Middle School (14 years)


A moment of silence was held for our colleagues who passed away this year. Each of these individuals has made a lasting, positive impact on our schools and touched countless lives.
  • Pat Christopherson, Registration Coordinator (Retired)
  • Richard Gezann, Assistant Custodian at Roxboro Elementary School
  • Venessa McFarland, Lunch Supervisor at Noble Elementary School
  • Daisy Tims, ELA Teacher at Monticello Middle
  • Deborah McCollum, Administrative Assistant at Roxboro Middle School (Retired)

Tiger Nation Awards were given to those who presented at a state or national conference or who were published in a national journal during the 2020-2021 school year. Those 10 recipients are:
  • Jillian Alli, Behavior Specialist. She presented “The Use and Misuse of Physical Restraint” at the Badar-Kauffman Conference on Contemporary Issues in Special Education Research in March.
  • Dr. Christina Bauer, Coordinator of Information Technology. She presented “Using Google Tools to Support Wellness for Students and Teachers” at the Ohio Education Technology Conference in February. She will also be co-presenting “Got Tech? You Need Tech Coaches!” at the Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit next month.
  • Dr. Felisha Gould, Assistant Superintendent. She co-presented “Problem Solving 101: A Root Cause Refresher” at the Ohio Association of Administrators of State & Federal Education Programs in March.
  • Lisa Hunt, Family Engagement Specialist. She presented “Partnering with Families Through Community Learning Centers” at the Ohio Family Engagement Leadership Summit in September.
  • Karen Liddell-Anderson, Director of Student Services. She co-presented “Problem Solving 101: A Root Cause Refresher” at the Ohio Association of Administrators of State & Federal Education Programs in March.
  • Rebecca McDonald, Heights High School Math Teacher and Tech Coach. She co-presented “Brand(Ed): Creating Your Online Presence,” “Building Relationships with Google,” “Marie Kondo Your Students’ Digital Classroom Experience,” and “Tell Your Story: Connecting Through Social Media” at the ITIP Ohio Google Summit earlier this month. She will also be co-presenting “Got Tech? You Need Tech Coaches!” at the Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit next month.
  • Jazmine Monroe, Noble Elementary School First Grade Teacher and Tech Coach. She co-presented “Brand(Ed): Creating Your Online Presence” and “Tell Your Story: Connecting Through Social Media” at the ITIP Ohio Google Summit earlier this month. She will also be co-presenting “Got Tech? You Need Tech Coaches!” at the Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit next month.
  • Julie Raffay, Instructional Specialist for Tiger Virtual Academy and Tech Coach for the Board of Education. She will be co-presenting “Got Tech? You Need Tech Coaches!” at the Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit next month.
  • Dr. Melissa Strouth, Heights High School Math Teacher and Tech Coach. She co-presented “Brand(Ed): Creating Your Online Presence” and “Tell Your Story: Connecting Through Social Media” at the ITIP Ohio Google Summit earlier this month. She will also be co-presenting “Got Tech? You Need Tech Coaches!” at the Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit next month.
  • Nicole Zubik, Heights High School Science Teacher. She co-presented “Building Relationships with Google” and “Marie Kondo Your Students’ Digital Classroom Experience” at the ITIP Ohio Google Summit earlier this month.


Event video and photo gallery (photos courtesy Gabe Schaffer)

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