A total of 18 Lakota educators were recognized in late June for teaching excellence at the Ohio Educators Connect for Success Conference in Columbus.
Battelle for Kids honored the local educators as part of its “Celebrate Teaching” initiative that is used to find out what makes a teacher highly effective and how to best learn from their practices.
Teachers were selected for the recognition based on surveys and evaluations from their principals and students, as well as achieving consistent gains in student performance.
As part of the initiative, Battelle for Kids celebrated 83 educators in Ohio. Receiving the honor from the Lakota school district includes teachers Beverly Gfroerer, Mary Jo Cooper and Tina Cramer of Adena Elementary; Julie Gunderson of Endeavor Elementary; Donna Martin and Lori Vanover of Heritage Elementary; Nadine Gallam of Hopewell Elementary; Joseph Schorr of Hopewell Junior; Laura Brown and Teresa Dempsey of Independence Elementary; Marianne Sample, Marilyn Adams, Aaron Nunley, Scott Slomsky and Heather Blaylock of Lakota Plains Junior; Susie Green of Lakota Ridge Junior; Debbie Turner of Liberty Junior; and Laura Murphy of VanGorden Elementary.
“This award is particularly noteworthy because the focus is on how these teachers consistently make a difference in their students’ academic growth,” Lakota Superintendent Karen Mantia said. “Nothing is more important to us academically than student growth.”
For more information, visit www.celebrateteaching.org.