The Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month

Teacher of the Month

The Partners in Education Teacher of the Month award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers and faculty for their excellence in the classroom, leadership, creativity and community involvement and dedication on behalf of Ohio students.

2013-14 Monthly Winners
  • March

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Anne Marie Lavelle – St. Edward High School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      LAKEWOOD – Anne Marie Lavelle is a teacher at St. Edward High School located in Cuyahoga County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

      Lavelle is a chemistry teacher who is also the department chair.  She develops the science curriculum and teaches the International Baccalaureate Program chemistry course.  She is eager to challenge her students and invites her students to push themselves to their highest level.  She is involved with Science Olympiad and is a model teacher in her profession.  She does her best in the classroom and beyond not wanting any kind of attention for what she does.  She is a teacher who definitely helps students reach their “true potential”.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Lavelle will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card.  

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Zach Boyer – Wayne TraceJr./Sr. High School

      Teacher from Paulding County is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      HAVILAND – Zach Boyer is a teacher at Wayne TraceJr/Sr High School located in Paulding County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

      Boyer is in his first year of teaching.  He is a “natural” who cares about the students and wants them to succeed in the best world possible.  The students have a true respect for him.  Boyer is a baseball coach and he assists in the after school program as well.
       
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Boyer will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card. 

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Kimberly Bergman – Arcanum Middle School

      Arcanum Middle School Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      ARCANUM – Kimberly Bergman is a teacher at Arcanum Middle School located in Darke County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March.  She teaches seventh graders language arts and world history.  

      Bergman is described by her principal as “energetic, young and an outstanding teacher.”  She cares about her students and is able to recognize their strengths and weaknesses.  She modifies the classroom lessons to accommodate and meet the needs of each of her students.  She is a part of the building leadership team, and she is able to develop positive rapport with her students both in and out of the classroom.  She supports the student’s extra- curricular activities by attending them.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Bergman will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card. 

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Sarah Priebe –  Dominion Middle School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Sarah Priebe is is a sixth grade teacher at Dominion Middle School located in Franklin County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  

      Priebe is described as a very caring teacher who stays in contact with her students and motivates them to succeed.  She goes above and beyond the classroom in caring about her students.  It is very important to her that her students succeed and do well and that they are encouraged to learn.  She is supportive of her students and makes great efforts to reach each student.  One parent commented that their son had a difficult time at school and once they became a student of Mrs. Priebe they were able to grow and achieve in the classroom.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Priebe will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card.

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Suzi Parker –  Kean Elementary School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      WOOSTER – Suzi Parker is a second grade teacher at Kean Elementary located in Wayne County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

      Parker is a nurturing teacher who works hard to meet the needs of her learners.  She is always striving to make her classroom and the school better.  She is on the district report card committee and is a leader to her peers and the whole staff.  She serves on the Ohio Leadership Advisory council and is dedicated to her profession.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Parker will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card.

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Mike Stevens –  Walter G. Nord Middle School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      AMHERST – Mike Stevens is a teacher at Walter G. Nord Middle School located in Lorain County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  

      Stevens is able to motivate students to advance themselves to higher levels of academic achievement.  Stevens is a leader in creativity and motivation when it comes to his students.  He goes to the Outdoor Educational Camp yearly to motivate students to learn winter survival skills.  He is a great communicator with parents and keeps them well informed concerning their student’s progress.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Stevens will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card.  

  • February

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Kelly Agler – Paulding Elementary

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      PAULDING – Kelly Agler is an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month. She is a teacher at Paulding Elementary located in Paulding County.  She teaches second grade.

      She is described as hard working and believes that every child should and can succeed. She helps out her local Relay for Life team and helps other teachers in the building.  She encourages children to believe in themselves and their abilities.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Agler will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card. 

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Melissa Wilkerson – Clark Montessori High School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      CINCINNATI – Melissa Wilkerson is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education program.  She is an Intervention Specialist at Clark Montessori High School located in Hamilton County.

      Wilkerson is a very friendly teacher who works with students with multiple special needs.  She teaches all subjects except gym, art and music.  She is willing to help in any area that she is needed and is famous for signing up to help with fundraisers for the students.  She shows her support for the students by attending sporting events at the school. She makes the school a “great place” to work.  Her presence is very much appreciated at the school.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Wilkerson will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card. 

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Katrina Walker –  Hamilton Township High School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Katrina Walker is is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education program.  She is a personal finance teacher for ninth graders at Hamilton Township High School located in Franklin County.

      Walker is known as a teacher who goes above and beyond her work in whatever she does.  She oversees the digital dollar program which is a student positive incentive program.  She is always trying to find new ways to teach and reach her students.  She is dedicated to her profession and she is not afraid to offer ideas or compliments throughout the building.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Walker will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card.  

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Cassandra Gordyan –  Edgewood Middle School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      WOOSTER – Cassandra Gordyan is a fifth grade teacher at Edgewood Middle School located in Wayne County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  

      Gordyan is described as an “excellent” educator.  She engages her students and challenges them at the same time.  She teaches math and science with a passion that is difficult to match by other educators.  She is an “extraordinary teacher.” She is a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee, works on school intervention for students with needs and works with the Boys and Girls Club of Wooster.  The school is very proud to have her as a member of the staff.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Gordyan will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card. 

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
  • January

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Megan Bryson – Milton-Union High School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      WEST MILTON – Megan Bryson is a language arts teacher at Milton-Union High School located in Miami County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January.
       
      Bryson has a creative mind and is willing to try new things in her classroom.  “She challenges her students daily to think bigger, try harder, dream more and expect more of themselves,” says Principal Scott Bloom.  She is described as an “outstanding” teacher and she is able to work with a wide range of technology.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Bryson will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card.  

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Jacquelyn Breidenbach –  Hamilton Elementary School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Jacquelyn Breidenbach is  a first grade teacher at Hamilton Elementary School located in Franklin County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January.

      Breidenbach is described as kind and considerate to fellow staff members.  She works well with challenging students and goes out of her way to connect with all of her students.  She puts forth a wonderful effort and has a great deal of patience.  She is described as able to fly under the “radar” by her peers and they say that her “great qualities and skills” don’t go unnoticed.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Breidenbach will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card. 
       

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Lindsay Miesmer – Franklin Elementary School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      MASSILLON – Lindsay Miesmer is a second grade teacher at Franklin Elementary located in Stark County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of January.

      “Mrs. Miesmer has the ability to take the most mundane task and bring it life for the students.  Passion and enthusiasm are two words that come to mind when I think of her style of teaching in the classroom.  Lindsay is so passionate about what she does,” says Principal Mike Medure.  She is willing to take on extra duties and makes learning in her classroom both fun and exciting at the same time.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Miesmer will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card.  
       

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
  • December

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Andrea Painting – Arcanum Middle School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      ARCANUM – Andrea Painting is a 5th teacher of Language Arts at Arcanum Middle School. She was recently honored as the Ohio Lottery  Teacher of the Month for December. 

      She has a lot of energy that creates “culture for high expectations” and learning in the classroom. Her lessons are well planned and students are engaged in the learning process.  She does an outstanding job of communicating with the parents and she started a Ms. Academic Team at the school.      

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Painting will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Chad Vahue –  Clark Montessori Junior and Senior High

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      CINCINNATI – Chad Vahue is a teacher at Clark Montessori Junior and Senior High School located in Hamilton County.  He was recently honored as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

      “Chad Vahue is an outstanding Algebra 1 teacher,” says parent Yolanda Lawson.  Vahue’s leadership skills are a bonus when it comes to teachers and he is a role model to the students and his peers.  He is able to engage students and motivate them to excel in math, which for some, can be a difficult task.  Lawson says, “He is full of energy and his students share his enthusiasm.”  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Vahue will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Lisa Etzler –  Teays Valley West Middle School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      COMMERCIAL POINT – Lisa Etzler is a teacher at Teays Valley West Middle School.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

      Etzler is a dedicated teacher who goes above and beyond to help students by spending extra time with them outside of classroom time if needed. She makes her students feel very comfortable and is able to communicate well with her students; they in turn, feel comfortable communicating with her.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Etzler will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      Linda Vratkovich – Campbell Elementary School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      CAMPBELL – Linda Vratkovich is a teacher at Campbell Elementary School located in Mahoning County. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December. She teaches fourth grade.  

      “Linda Vratkovich consistently demonstrates an exceptional grasp of education topics as they relate to her students.  Her timely and appropriate answers belie her effectiveness in encouraging her students to exceed their expectations both academically and socially,” says Principal Dr. Walls.  She demonstrates technological “innovation” in her lesson plans and she is extremely systematic in her approach to conquer intellectual and personal challenges.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Vratkovich will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Julia Homolya – Walter G. Nord Middle School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      AMHERST – Julia Homolya is a teacher at Walter G. Nord Middle School located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

      Homolya has been at Walter G. Nord Middle School for six years.  She allows students opportunities to participate in Mock Trials, Invention Convention and Young Authors where students are challenged beyond their limits.  She brings in guest speakers to the classroom and also provides students the capability to use Skype to communicate in the classroom.  She is dedicated and is a true leader at the school.  She communicates well with students and parents.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Homolya will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

  • November

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Derek Eddings – The Knight Academy

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      TOLEDO – Derek Eddings is a teacher at The Knight Academy located in Lucas County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November.  

      Eddings is described as an “outstanding teacher” who goes above and beyond for his students and the school.  He shows students how to be a good sport as well as teaching them about health and physical education.  He is selfless and always has a positive attitude which rubs off on his students.  Principal Alex Coressel says, “Mr. Eddings truly is one of the greatest teachers I have ever met.”  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Eddings will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Jenny Holzmer – St. Patrick School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      TROY – Jenny Holzmer is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery for the month of November.  She is a teacher at St. Patrick School located in Miami County.

      Holzmer is described as a teacher who represents “excellence, leadership and service to her staff and students.”  Students respect Holzmer because they do not feel they are not just a number in her classroom but that they matter individually and that the lessons are both motivating and insightful.  She is a kind and helpful teacher who brings out the best in her students and teaches them to be positive and sure of themselves.  She holds her students to high standards but nurtures them along the way.

       For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Holzmer will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Trevor Younkin –  Teays Valley West Middle School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      COMMERCIAL POINT – Trevor Younkin is a teacher at Teays Valley West Middle School.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November.
       
      Younkin teaches social studies to eighth graders.  He is described as an “outstanding” educator.  He teaches about the events leading up to the Revolutionary War and dresses up into character as the King of England.  The students are the colonists who choose to be loyal to England.  He makes the Boston Tea Party come alive and helps students really think about and feel the events that went on in history.  He is in charge of the trip to Washington D.C.  He is a member the eighth grade team which discusses positive and negative student behavior, intervention and teaching strategies.  He is also involved in athletics at the school; he runs the scoreboard for middle school football games and helps assist coaching of basketball. He is an all around “winning” teacher.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Younkin will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Jason Holy – Mentor High School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      MENTOR – Jason Holy is a ninth grade world history teacher at Mentor High School located in Lake County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November.

      Holy has been teaching in Mentor Exempted Village for 13 years.  He “exemplifies the characteristics of a master teacher.”  He is described as “extraordinary.”  “Mr. Holy commands a three dimensional intellect yet represents a professional sensitivity and modesty to aide students as well as other teachers who strive to master the digital tools for the modern global classroom. Mr. Holy’s amplified intellect is augmented by a professional selflessness and collegiality which fosters a constructive energized spirit breathing new energy into the learning process for his students and the classrooms of his teaching peers,” says Robert Mann, a teacher at the school.  He celebrates a student’s successes and his lessons make students stretch their thinking to higher levels beyond the classroom.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Holy will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      Mary Janek – Campbell Memorial High Schoo

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      CAMPBELL – Mary Janek is a teacher at Campbell Memorial High School located in Mahoning County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November.

      Janek teaches science to 10th and 11th graders at the school.  She teaches the only Advanced Placement course that the school system offers.  She volunteers as the Chemistry Club advisor and runs the school’s recycling program with students.  She wrote a grant and was awarded the funds to purchase the bins for each classroom to allow the school to recycle.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Janek will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
  • October

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Renee Dubois-Yeager – McKinley K-8 School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      CLEVELAND – Renee Dubois-Yeager was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.  She is a teacher at McKinley K-8 School located in Cuyahoga County.
       
      A parent of a student nominated Dubois –Yeager for the award; they referred to her as a “remarkable educator” who enjoys students.  Dubois-Yeager is kind hearted and very attentive to students and their needs.  “Her passion for teaching is felt through her students,” says the parent from the school.  She is described a “great blessing” for the children of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.  She currently teaches third graders.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Dubois-Yeager will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Wendy Flesh – The Knight Academy

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      TOLEDO – Wendy Flesh is an art teacher at The Knight Academy located in Lucas County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.

      “Wendy Flesh is an outstanding teacher with a love for what she does and the students she does it for.  She comes up with innovative and creative projects that make her students think and allow them to express themselves,” says school Principal Alex Coressel.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Flesh will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Nicki Bowser – Arcanum Middle School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      ARCANUM – Nicki Bowser is a teacher at Arcanum Middle School located in Darke County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of October.  Bowser teaches 7th grade science/advanced science/health.

      Bowser is described as creative and engaging.  She motivates students with hands on creative activities.  She is active in the school community.  She helps students with the school recycling program and also helps clean up the trash in the community. She is a great role model who teaches students leadership skills as she models them herself for both students and her peers.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Bowser will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Randy Rose –  Hamilton Elementary School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Randy Rose is an Intervention teacher at Hamilton Elementary located in Franklin County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.

      Rose is described as going “above and beyond” when it comes to students and the district.  He has a positive attitude towards fellow staff members and his students.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Rose will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Eileen Sirgo – Gorrell Elementary School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      MASSILLON CITY – Eileen Sirgo is a 3rd grade teacher at Gorrell Elementary located in Stark County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.

      Sirgo is described as a “leader, innovator, team player and a dynamic member” of the third grade team at Gorrell Elementary School.  “Her humor, enthusiasm, love and passion for teaching and her students is admirable,” says teacher Melissa Panagopoulos.  Sirgo centers her lesson plans on the students with their best interests in mind.  She is described as firm but fair and is always up to date with the latest instructional strategies and technology that is out there.

       She sets goals for her students and is always willing to help a struggling student.  She challenges the brightest students and those who struggle.  “There is never a child who leaves her room feeling like a failure.  She is a dedicated teacher in our district and is a role model to her students inspiring them to be lifelong learners,” says Panagopoulos.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Sirgo will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
  • September

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Tari Mackanos – Independence Middle School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      INDEPENDENCE – Tari Mackanos is  is a teacher at Independence Middle School located in Cuyahoga County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of September.
       
      Mackanos is a teacher who goes above and beyond her duties.  She serves as a librarian and also teaches classes on media literacy, technology and literature in the classrooms.  She is always willing to take on new challenges.  She most recently worked on a building- wide Right to Read Week with literature themes and the whole building competed in door decorating contests.

       She adds so much “value” to the school and to the days at Independence Middle School.  “Her engaging personality and purposeful activities along with the culture and climate she creates in our central “hub” of school (the library) make this excellent school even better.  I have never worked with such an engaging librarian,” says Principal Hegedish.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Mackanos will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Richard Roemer – Ross High School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      HAMILTON – Richard Roemer is a teacher at Ross High School located in Butler County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of September.

      Roemer is described as “tireless in his efforts to bring music to people of all ages.”  He is the director of the high school band and marching band so he puts in countless hours outside of the school.  He makes sure his students perform with excellence but also that they understand that the music that they are making is a serious “craft.”

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Roemer will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Jonathan Sorensen – Massillon Washington High School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      MASSILLON – Jonathan Sorensen is a teacher at Massillon Washington High School located in Stark County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of September.

      Sorensen is an English teacher at the school.  He carries all of these class preparations at the school for Advance Placement English 12, children’s Literature and English II.  He also heads the English department and leads the entire student council.  He is always willing to take on new challenges and is described as an “educator for all of the right reasons.”  He is engrained in the school and the community.  He stays late to help students; his demands are high within the classroom but his “ability” to make positive connections is described as “outstanding.”

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Sorensen will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
  • May

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Rachel Chervenak – Toledo Preparatory and Fitness Academy

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      TOLEDO – Rachel Chervenak is a teacher at Toledo Preparatory and Fitness Academy.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May.  

      Chervenak is a teacher who encourages her students to reach high goals and excel.  She meets and greets her students each morning and is always the first teacher in the building every day.  She set up a student leadership council and she encourages students to make life a success and learning a success.  She is well respected and thought of by her peers, students and parents as well as the administration.  She is able to meet individual needs and gets students ready to move on and succeed in their community.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Chervenak will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Kate Fischer – Clark Montessori High School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      CINCINNATI – Kate Fischer is a teacher at Clark Montessori High School located in Hamilton County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May.  She “works tirelessly to help all of her students.”  She makes sure that students achieve success. She is a team player and participates on several school committees.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Fischer will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Jeremy Tyson – Hamilton Township High School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      COLUMBUS – Jeremy Tyson is a teacher at Hamilton Township High School located in Franklin County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May.

      Tyson is described as a good teacher, team player and a positive role model for students.  Tyson provides an open environment for students to learn and feel safe. He is a prepared professional who focuses on providing students with skills that go beyond d the classroom.  Tyson also takes time to help create peer to peer tutoring.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Tyson will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Sarah Lee – Meigs Intermediate School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      MIDDLEPORT – Sarah Lee is a teacher at Meigs Intermediate School located in Meigs County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May.

      Lee is described as a team player who has a go-getter attitude and commitment.  She has been instrumental in the start of the Meigs Intermediate Service Club for the 5th grade class.  She has also applied to receive grants for her classroom.  She is efficient, driven, and a breath of fresh air to her students.  She is extremely helpful to other staff members and is also creative.  She is loved by her students and all those who come in contact with her.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Lee will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Terri Bushman – Massillon Intermediate School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      MASSILLON – Terri Bushman is a teacher at Massillon Intermediate School.  She was recently honored as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of May.  She teaches fifth grade at the school.

      Bushman is a professional who is loved by her students and parents.  She goes out of her way to help create an “enthusiastic” environment for learning.  She is a “positive” role model for her students and she works hard at bringing out the best in her students.
       
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Bushman will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Karen Kretovics – Liberty Elementary

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Karen Kretovics is a second grade teacher at Liberty Elementary.  She was recently honored as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of May.

      Kretovics is describes as a “remarkable educator.”  She enjoys her students and sets up a remarkable atmosphere where learning is enjoyable.  She makes an impact on her students with her kind-heartedness and great attentiveness that leave an impression on them.  Her passion for teaching is felt through her students, and she should be commended for the wonderful job she does each day to shape the minds and imagination of her students.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Kretovics will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

  • April

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Mary Fitzpatrick – Harrison Elementary School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      LAKEWOOD – Mary Fitzpatrick  is a second grade teacher at Harrison Elementary School located in Cuyahoga County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of April.  

      Fitzpatrick is described as caring and loving.  She is the kind of teacher who makes learning fun for her students.  She is said to be an “inspirational role model” who puts her heart and soul into everything she does in the classroom.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Fitzpatrick will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Tim Hankish – Springfield Middle School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      HOLLAND – Tim Hankish is a teacher at Springfield Middle School located in Lucas County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of April.

      Hankish is described as a teacher who is supportive of his students and very caring.  He teaches Health class to seventh grade students. He is willing to help his students in any way that he can.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Hankish will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Dawn Williams – Withrow University High School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      CINCINNATI – Dawn Williams is a teacher at Withrow University High School located in Hamilton County.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month for the month of April.

      A parent from the schools says, “Dawn Williams is a phenomenal math teacher at Withrow University High School.” She is not only able to master content but she also meets all of her students’ needs; she takes them from where they are to where they need to be.  She makes students feel comfortable to try problems and succeed in math.  She tutors students who need that extra push and she finds resources to help students along the way.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Williams will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Jan White – Hamilton Township High School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      COLUMBUS – Jan White is a guidance counselor at Hamilton Township High School located in Franklin County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of April.  

      White is known for her ability to work on projects in the counseling department as well as to assist students in making life decisions as well as day to day trials that come up in their high school career. She is able to make individual students feel that they are special and that their concerns are top on her list.  She motivates her students to keep trying and she is able to maintain excellent relationships with the students at the school.

       She is helpful when it comes to information about scholarships and college.  She is dedicated to the administrators, students and staff at the school.  She puts the students first and makes a difference in the community and school.
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, White will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Paula King – Meigs Intermediate School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      MIDDLEPORT – Paula King is a teacher at Meigs Intermediate School located in Meigs County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of April. 

      King is a dedicated teacher who exudes “patience, care and compassion with her students.” She is able to utilize many of the newest forms of technology to enhance the student’s learning environment.  She sets high expectations and standards for her students but is the kind of teacher that gives up her free time to see that her students are “ high achievers.” She enjoys her career and this is evident each day.  She is a wonderful role model and excellent teacher.  
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, King will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Matthew Citron – Massillon Washington High School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      MASSILLON – Matthew Citron is a teacher at Massillon Washington High School located in Stark County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a teacher of the month for the month of April.

      “Students at Massillon Washington High School absolutely love Mr. Citron.  He is technology driven and incorporates some sort of technology daily in his instruction,” says Jamey Palma, Assistant Principal.  Citron is well respected by the students; he has a wonderful rapport with them.  He communicates and relates well to people with different backgrounds and especially with young people.  He portrays a positive attitude toward his students when he interacts with them.  This makes for a “climate for success”.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Citron will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      Ronald Gauding – Tuscarawas Valley High School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      TUSCARAWAS – Ronald Gauding is a teacher at Tuscarawas Valley High School located in Tuscarawas County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of April.

      Gauding inspires students to achieve more that they thought they could.  He makes himself available to students for help during his planning period, lunch time and any other time after school.  He is a wonderful role model for students and he is an influential mentor for them.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Gauding will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
  • March

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Dora Bechtel – Campus International School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      CLEVELAND – Dora Bechtel is a first grade teacher at Campus International School located in Cuyahoga County. She was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of March.  

      Bechtel is described a teacher who “exudes a love a learning and sets a positive example” for those she teaches.  She is respected by her students and their parents as well as her colleagues and administrators.  She sets up a learning community that focuses on hands-on learning in the classroom.  “She is instilling confidence and a love of learning in each and every one of her students,” says parent Heather Kama-Starr.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Bechtel will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Tucker Lux – Springfield Middle School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      HOLLAND – Tucker Lux is a teacher at Springfield Middle School located in Lucas County.  He was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of March by the Ohio Lottery. He teaches eighth grade English to students.

      Lux is described as a teacher who makes learning fun and exciting.  His students say that he is great at explaining things to them until they fully understand it.  He is thought of as a “great teacher” by his students.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Lux will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Carole Morbitzer – Hamilton Township High School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      COLUMBUS – Carole Morbitzer is a 10th grade math teacher from Hamilton Township High School located in Franklin County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March.  

      Morbitzer is described as a great leader and good communicator.  She received numerous recognitions locally, within the State of Ohio, and even nationally.  She built a strong volleyball program and has played a major role in the success of the teams she coaches.  She makes the school a “richer, better” place because of the great job of teaching she does.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Morbitzer will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Sandra Walker – Meigs Intermediate School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      MIDDLEPORT – Sandra Walker is a teacher at Meigs Intermediate School located in Meigs County.  She was honored recently as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of March.
       
      Walker is described as hard-working, diligent and dedicated.  She is creative and is encouraging to students.  Students respect her because she is fair and is always willing and ready to help in anyway.  She assists staff members as well.  She is the Title One Reading teacher and also serves as an after-school teacher.  Walker took a lead role this year to facilitate the Guided Reading program in connection with the Third Grade Guarantee.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Walker will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Patricia Chelf – Edgewood Middle School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      WOOSTER – Patricia Chelf is a 5th grade teacher at Edgewood Middle School located in Wayne County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March.  
      Student, Corinee Wiles, comments that, “We had to change schools this year and she welcomed every student.  Mrs. Chelf makes learning fun every day!  She also gives us interesting projects to do with some of our lessons and she is very good at explaining and making sure everyone understands what we are learning.” Chelf is said to be an “excellent” teacher who is well respected by the staff and students of Edgewood Middle School.
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Chelf will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
  • February

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Carolyn Williamson – Independence Middle School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      INDEPENDENCE – Carolyn Williamson is a teacher at Independence Middle School located in Cuyahoga County.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February.
       
      Williamson is an Intervention Specialist who is dedicated to her students.  She is talented, knowledgeable and caring when it comes to her profession.  She is innovative when it comes to new ideas and ways of helping out each child.  She creates stations and labs for students to engage in.  She is a great leader and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to give.

       She is training her dog Rudy to be a therapy dog for students.  She works with Rudy to make sure she is being trained to respond appropriately in a school situation and to children with special needs.  Her hard work and efforts do not go unnoticed.   

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Williamson will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Valerie Sandy – Toledo Preparatory and Fitness Academy

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      TOLEDO – Valerie Sandy is a teacher at Toledo Preparatory and Fitness Academy.  She was recently honored as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of February. She teaches first grade at the school which is located in Lucas County.

      Sandy is described as caring, hardworking and dedicated to her students in the classroom. “She strives for her first grade class to put forth positive efforts and always rewards her students for proper behavior and effort,” says Joseph Pokrywka, the office manager at the school. She is always willing to help out at the school and she is well respected by the students, parents and staff.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Sandy will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Scott Fourman – Hamilton Elementary School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Scott Fourman is a teacher at Hamilton Elementary located in Franklin County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February.  He teaches second grade at the school.

      Fourman is described by his colleagues as a teacher who “carries his weight.”  He is very resourceful and is happy to help fellow teachers; he is always willing to share his knowledge of the classroom.  He is very innovative when it comes to new ideas and suggestions to help students succeed.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Fourman will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Amy Pace – Massillon Washington High School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      MASSILLON – Amy Pace is a teacher at Massillon Washington High School located in Stark County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February.

      Assistant Principal Jamey Palma says that a good word to describe Pace is “differentiation.”  She has high expectations of her students to be the best they can be but is also able to take a student and get the most out of the student.  She is always willing to work with a student on any level and believes that every student will achieve with help.  She is a team player and is able to work well with other staff members.  Her strongest suit, according to Palma, is her “ability to establish positive relationships with all of our students no matter what the background.”  She is an asset to the school.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Pace will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Todd Engle – Walter G. Nord Middle School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      AMHERST – Todd Engle is a physical education teacher at Walter G. Nord Middle School located in Lorain County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February.  
      Engle is an energetic teacher who is a great communicator and whose personality blends in well with the students and staff at Walter G. Nord Middle School.  He coaches at the high school level and is a leader and excellent role model for the school community.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Engle will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

  • January

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Amy Niekamp – Greenon High School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      SPRINGFIELD – Amy Niekamp is a teacher at Greenon High School located in Clark County.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January.  

      Niekamp is a first year teacher at the school.  She brings a “calm presence” to the classroom.  She is very accommodating to students with learning issues and she works extra hard to see her students succeed and achieve their goals.  She is the Sophomore Class Advisor and is glad to give of her time to help the students and teachers of the community.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Niekamp will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Caroline Keith – Madeira Junior & High School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      MADEIRA – Caroline Keith is a music/choir teacher at Madeira Jr. High and High School.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January.  

      “Caroline has increased the number of students in the competitive choir from 13 students to 54.   These students receive a superior rating each year,” says fellow colleague Haley Warden.   She goes above and beyond her call of duty in the classroom.  She will help students by giving them private lessons for free.  She gives of her time and talent to the school district.  She is proud of what she does and truly enjoys her job.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Keith will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Jennifer Waters – Hamilton Intermediate School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Jennifer Waters is a fourth grade teacher at Hamilton Intermediate School located in Franklin County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January.  

      Waters instills confidence in her students to reach their goals.  She is a dedicated educator who likes to keep her students constantly engaged and excited to learn.  She provides her students with exciting experiences through the use of technology such as the smartboard, the podcasts and iPads.  She is a “great team player.” She works well with other staff members and the district is grateful to have her on their team of instructors.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Waters will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Carolyn Snowden – Meigs Intermediate School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      MIDDLEPORT – Carolyn Snowden is a third grade teacher at Meigs Intermediate School located in Meigs County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January.  

      She is described as caring and patient.  She works hard to be sure that her class learns and discovers as much as they can during their third grade year in the classroom.  She is a very positive teacher who encourages students to believe in themselves and feel important.  She makes learning “authentic” and fun; she listens and cares about each and every student that comes her way.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Snowden will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Myra Watkins – Hartford Middle School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      CANTON – Myra Watkins is an eighth grade Social Studies teacher at Hartford Middle School located in Stark County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  She represents a “Master Teacher, student advocate, and the good in public education,” says Mr. Kyle Reed, math teacher.  

      Watkins is an advocate for students in Canton.  She gives endless hours and evenings to tutoring students without pay.  She truly is a valuable asset to the community and the school; she never turns a student away.  She works each day to help others strive and excel in the classroom and beyond.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Watkins will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
  • December

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Eileen Dailey – Campus International School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      CLEVELAND – Eileen Dailey is a teacher at Campus International School located in Cuyahoga County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.
       
      Dailey is described as an educator who “works hard to not only teach the basics” but also promotes a sense of empathy and citizenship in the classroom.  A parent says that, “Her passion and dedication to the field shine brightly.  Mrs. Dailey is always encouraging and does an outstanding job motivating her students and her peers.”  She uses manipulatives in the classroom as well as movement and song.  She utilizes a wide variety of learning strategies and is able to reach out to students through the lessons she plans.  She is involved in the community.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Dailey will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Angela Miller – Upper Sandusky South School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      UPPER SANDUSKY – Angela Miller is a teacher at Upper Sandusky South School.  She teaches fifth grade at the school and was recently recognized by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.  The school is located in Wyandot County. Miller’s students say that she makes learning fun and exciting.  Her approach is unique.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Miller will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Paulette Simpson – Sands Montessori School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      CINCINNATI – Paulette Simpson is a media specialist at Sands Montessori School located in Hamilton County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher for the Month for the month of December.  

      Simpson provides help in the school library as well as provides instruction for the students.  She teaches students to create a Power Point slide show on a particular topic.  She helps students with research and EXCEL.  She works hard to collaborate on the subject matter with classroom teachers and enhances the students’ learning for updated technology.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Simpson will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Suzie Ford – Hamilton Township High School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Suzie Ford is a 10th grade World History teacher at Hamilton Township High School located in Franklin County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

      Ford is described as a “caring professional” who puts her students first.  She is dedicated to teaching and holds high expectations for her students.  She spends extra time helping motivate students and is known as a “warm and caring” teacher.  She is passionate about history and her enthusiasm for education is “dynamic.”   She is able to provide students with experiences that enhance her lesson plans such as historical artifacts, music, art pictures and folktales.  Her school is very proud of her and her accomplishments.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Ford will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Heike Perko – Meigs Intermediate School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      MIDDLEPORT – Heike Perko is a fourth grade teacher at Meigs Intermediate School located in Meigs County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

      “Mrs. Perko is a fourth grade science teacher who provides a variety of engaging, hands-on activities with her students to get them excited about science.  She gets the students involved in their learning.  Her classroom is always inviting,” says Sarah Lee, Title One teacher. Her peers often say that she has great activities that she does with the students such as the Garden Club.  She does all that she can to enhance learning and engage students.  Meigs Intermediate School is honored to have her at their school.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Perko will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Stacy Slinger – Massillon Washington High School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      MASSILLON – Stacy Slinger works at Massillon Washington High School located in Stark County.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.  

      Slinger helps students use the various resources that are available in the school library.  What is unique about Slinger is that she is able to work with different ability levels and backgrounds.  She is able to manage large numbers of students.  She has a great rapport with the students, staff and community and is willing to go the extra mile to help students achieve and succeed.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Slinger will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      Debbie French – New Philadelphia High School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      NEW PHILADELPHIA – Debbie French is a high school teacher from New Philadelphia High School.  She teaches Physical Science and the Principles of Engineering Physics.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

      French has been instrumental in developing relationships as a means to “enhance students’ education” between local business with local institutes of higher education.  She serves on the advisory board for the “Cyber Club” and has increased the number of female students taking Physics as a science class.  The district is proud to have her as a teacher.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, French will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Erin Kinser –Nord Middle School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      AMHERST – Erin Kinser is a sixth grade teacher at Nord Middle School located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

      “Erin is a very dedicated teacher and role model with eleven year of experience at Nord.  She devoted time and energy to students both in and out of school.  She communicates with her students’ parents on a regular basis to keep them informed as to their child’s progress,” says Barry Kaufman, a paraprofessional at the school.  She is described as a leader in the building and a contributor to the school community.  One project that Erin spearheaded was the collection of hundreds of pencils for students that were sent overseas.  Nord Middle School is honored to have her as a teacher.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Kinser will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

  • November

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Sr. Ann-Marie Borgess – St. Patrick Heatherdowns School

      Teacher from Lucas County is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      TOLEDO – Sr. Ann-Marie Borgess is a 1st grade teacher at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns School located  in Lucas County.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November by the Ohio Lottery. 

      “Sr. Ann-Marie Borgess is a teacher who combines firmness and sincere concern for her students.  She genuinely loves each and every one of them.  She is an inspiration to them and encourages them to be all they can be.  She works very hard at boosting the confidence of her students pushing them to try new things and work hard at their tasks,” says Judy McEwen, Assistant Principal.  She communicates well with her students’ parents and she listens attentively to concerns and suggestions from parents. She is always willing to go the extra mile and take the time to make all of the parents feel their opinions matter.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Sr. Ann Marie -Borgess will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Carla Shaw – Hamilton Township High School

      Teacher of the month receives recognition

      COLUMBUS – Carla Shaw is a 10th grade teacher at Hamilton Township High School located in Franklin County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  She teaches physical education/advisory.

      Shaw comes to work with a positive attitude and is ready to serve the school and its surrounding community.  A fellow colleague of Shaw says that, “Carla has worked countless hours to prepare and prep the high school staff for our new advisory period.  She worked all summer and continues to prepare lesson plans weeks in advance.  She spends many hours with our students and athletes everyday between teaching, coaching, mentoring and showing her support at sporting events,”   She is organized and on task with whatever the curriculum requires.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Shaw will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Mary Arnold – Meigs Intermediate School

      Teacher of the month receives recognition

      MIDDLEPORT – Mary Arnold is a teacher at Meigs Intermediate School located in Meigs County.  She teaches Technology to third through fifth graders.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November.

      “Mary Arnold is a wonderful role model, not only for students, but the people she works with every day.  She comes to work every day ready and eager for the day’s events, she doesn’t let anything get her down. She always goes above and beyond her call of duty and is willing to accept new responsibilities for the good of the student,” says Title One Teacher, Sarah Lee. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Arnold will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Erin Sykora – Franklin Elementary

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      MASSILLON – Erin Sykora is a second grade teacher at Franklin Elementary in located in Stark County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November.

      Sykora is described as the “textbook definition of a quality educator.”  She never gives up on a child and she takes time out to help her students.  She is happy to volunteer at school functions.  She brings a positive and upbeat attitude to her job and is happy to work with other members on the staff to successfully plan her lessons.  Her attitude of being a team player is noticeable amongst her peers.  “Her ability to differentiate a lesson to meet her student’s needs is fantastic,” says Principal Mike Medur.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Sykora will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Jill Pavic –Steven Dohanos Elementary School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      LORAIN – Jill Pavic is a 4th grade teacher at Stevan Dohanos Elementary School located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November.

      A student of Pavic’s describes her as a “blissful” teacher.  He said that she is fun and exciting, and that she tries to make learning interesting.  “She is nice, caring and patient,” the student says.  Pavic finds different ways to teach multiplication facts by using flashcards, skip counting, and the use of fingers.  She helps students in her class and is described as “the best 4th grade teacher ever.” 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Pavic will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

  • October

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Danielle Zilke – Hope Academy Northwest

      Teacher of the month receives recognition

      CLEVELAND – Danielle Zilke is a second grade reading/math teacher at Hope Academy Northwest located in Cuyahoga County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.

      Zilke is described as a loving and caring teacher who makes learning enjoyable for her students.  She is an “inspirational role model” and as one parent, William Anderson Jr., says “Ms. Zilke puts her heart and soul into her classroom and teaching.” His daughter was able to transition from first to second grade successfully because of the role Zilke played in the classroom.  The school is proud of her efforts and success as an educator.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Zilke will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Stephanie Kantzer – Buckeye Central Middle School

      Teacher of the month receives recognition

      NEW WASHINGTON – Stephanie Kantzer is a middle teacher at Buckeye Central Middle School located in Crawford County.  She is a sixth and eighth grade math teacher at the school.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.

      Principal Nannette Chorba writes, “Mrs. Stephanie Kantzer comes to school every day eager to teach.  She is passionate about teaching.  Although the lessons and students change from day-to-day, Mrs. Kantzer’s energy, efficiency and commitment remain the same.  Mrs. Kantzer’s classroom is welcoming and a friendly learning environment.  The warmth of Mrs. Kantzer’s classroom goes beyond just the physical classroom.  Mrs. Stephanie Kantzer is astute in making the classroom engaging, exciting, safe, smooth, respectful and intellectual at the same time.”

      She fosters respect and successfully helps her students understand and respect each other.  She is aware of various learning styles and the developmental characteristics of middle school students.  She has successfully incorporated team-teaching into her everyday classes.  She is described as an “excellent facilitator and “valuable teacher”.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Kantzer will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Ola Schafer – Russia Local High School

      Teacher of the month receives recognition

      RUSSIA – Ola Schafer is a eacher at Russia Local High School located in Shelby County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.  

      “I believe that Mrs. Schafer demonstrates a dedication to the field of education that is unmatched by most,” says Principal Nick Wilker.  Her knowledge of content is amazing.  She has been committed to teaching her first Advanced Placement class this school year.  Schafer also volunteers in her community and has sat on organizational boards for the Ohio Council of Social Studies Teachers.  No task is too large for Schafer.  She has been working in numerous professional development sessions in writing performance based projects and assessment.  She is a successful dedicated teacher.  Her school is very proud to have her as an employee.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Schafer will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Allison Swanger – Teays Valley West Middle School

      Teacher of the month receives recognition

      COMMERCIAL POINT – Allison Swanger is a teacher at Teays Valley West Middle School located in Pickaway County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.

      “Mrs. Swanger is a very dedicated teacher who goes out of her way to make the educational experience for her students excellent.  She tirelessly works to involve her students in all the activities at Teays West Middle School.  She also provides many out of the building activities for her students in order to prepare them for life after school,” says Principal Michael Kauffeld.  

      She has a passion for teaching and this is evidenced by the relationships she fosters in the community and the classroom.  “Allison’s positive impact on our school is felt by all stakeholders,” says Principal Kauffeld.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Swanger will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Bobbi Owen – Meigs Intermediate School

      Teacher of the month receives recognition

      MIDDLEPORT – Bobbi Owen is an art teacher at Meigs Intermediate School located in Meigs County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.  

      Sarah Lee, a teacher in the building, says that “Bobbi maintains a kind and compassionate attitude towards both students and staff every day.  She is talented, creative, kind and fun.  She loves to share this with all that surround her.”  Owen is a very positive example for the school and the community in that she is always willing to help with programs after school and in the community.  One of the joys in her life is working with children.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Owen will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Timothy Basalla – Parkway Elementary

      Teacher of the month receives recognition

      ALLIANCE – Timothy Basalla , a teacher at Parkway Elementary School located in Stark County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.

      “To say that the ‘turn around ‘students have experienced in Mr. Basalla’s classroom is unbelievable, is too much of an understatement for me to include here,” says colleague Robert Duncan.  Basalla is able to find the “academic strengths” of students and help them recognize them.  He customizes his teaching techniques to meet the needs of individuals.  The students’ abilities cover a huge range of academic levels; this can be challenging for a teacher.  “Tim’s students go on to be successful on Ohio’s standardized tests, and in furthering their education,” says Duncan.

      His students come to him with a range of concerns which usually have prevented them from being as successful in a regular classroom.  Basalla provides a supportive educational environment where these students are all treated equally and where behavioral expectations are clear cut.  Basalla provides the opportunity in the classroom for his students who may not have experienced success in the past to now move forward as successful students who are confident and able to believe in themselves.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Basalla will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      Lisa Nicolau –Campbell Elementary School

      Teacher of the month receives recognition

      YOUNGSTOWN – Lisa Nicolau is a special education teacher at Campbell Elementary located in Mahoning County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.

      Nicolaou is described as standing out above her peers.  She is described as “intellectual and professional”.  She is an educator who consistently demonstrates an “exceptional” grasp of education topics and how they relate to students.  She is an excellent communicator according to her principal, Dr. Walls.

      Dr. Wall says, “On a daily basis she demonstrates technological innovation in her lesson plans and teaching methods based on best practices.  She is extremely systematic in her approach to conquering intellectual and personal challenges, immensely adept at research and planning to overcome any and all obstacles that relate to her field.”  She brings a sense of hope to the students she comes in contact with each day. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Nicolaou will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 
      hio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
  • September

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Elizabeth Pitzer – Arcanum Middle School

      Teacher of the month is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      Arcanum – Elizabeth Pitzer is a 5th grade teacher at Arcanum Middle School located in Darke County.   She was recently recognized as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.

      Pitzer is described as passionate about teaching.  She uses student achievement data to direct teaching  and learning; she does it “well.”  “She is constantly assessing students.  Lessons are differentiated to  address both student weaknesses and student strengths,” says Principle Tipple.  She is always looking for  new ways to reach her students.

      Pitzer embraces new technology and continues to better herself for the sake of her students.  She serves on the District Leadership Team and is the current president of the local teacher’s union.  She makes a difference in the lives of students each day at Arcanum Middle School.  They feel very fortunate  to have her as a part of the faculty.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Pitzer will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Kim Smrecansky – Hamilton Intermediate School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Kim Smrecansky is a staff member at Hamilton Intermediate School in the Guidance Department.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of September.

      Smrecansky is described as going above and beyond to serve students and teachers.  She is creative and strives to promote and foster social skills, attendance and academic achievement in the students. She helped students achieve high scores on their Ohio Achievement Assessments.  She helped students complete practice tests in order to improve test taking skills at their recess times.  Smrecansky started the school’s PAC Progam (Perfect Attendance Club).  She is truly committed to the school and the students.  Her enthusiasm and positive attitude as a school counselor are worthy of recognition.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Smrecansky will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Una King – Kean Elementary School

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      YOUNGSTOWN – Una King , a teacher at Kean Elementary located in Wayne County, was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month. King teaches 4th grade at the school.

      King shows compassion for others and the staff at Kean Elementary School thinks very “highly” of her. She has reached out to the families who have relocated to the school; she made an effort to welcome the new families to the school. Due to redistricting, the school’s population has changed. King also reached out to the new staff members that relocated to the school and made them feel welcome and at home.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, King will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      Deborah Walters – E. J. Blott Elementary School

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      YOUNGSTOWN – Deborah Walters is a 2nd grade teacher at E.J. Blott Elementary School.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of September.

      “Mrs. Walters has been teaching for many years, she is a motivating influence on students and staff members.  She is dedicated to all students achieving high academic standards,” says a parent, Lori Naples.  She has implemented programs in her classroom to make students feel that they are a part of a community and are happy to be themselves.  She is creative and eager to teach students both academically and socially in the classroom.  Her work does not go unnoticed.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Walters will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Heather Kama-Starr – Liberty Elementary School

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      LORAIN – Heather Kama-Starr is a third grade teacher at Liberty Elementary located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of September.

      “Heather Kama-Starr remains an exemplary high quality teacher eager to learn new things through expansion of her own knowledge base as a lifelong learner.  She is an exceptional role model who demonstrates the importance of education. She is a noteworthy educator, both equally in the classroom and beyond, who is passionate about facilitating learning and has a profound understanding of the work habits that generate self-determination,” says Roseanne DeBolt, a parent at the school.

      Kama-Starr is said to go above and beyond her duties by researching, obtaining, and recommending resources to make learning more enjoyable and to keep children motivated and challenged, which ultimately facilitates a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.  She shows an “array of methods” in educating her students.  She described as creative and as possessing leadership skills.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Kama-Starr will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

  • May

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Thomas Healey – St. Ignatius High School

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      CLEVELAND – Thomas Healey is a teacher at St. Ignatius High School located in Cuyahoga County.  He was recently named the Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of May.   He teaches theology to many students and acts as an inspirational role model for our youth.

      “Mr. Healey’s teaching style makes learning enjoyable for his students, resulting in their high achievement and love of learning.  Mr. Healey also served as an inspirational role model for my son and has no doubt, played an important role in his successful transition from middle to high school,” says Sean Brennan, a parent. Healey puts his heart and soul into the classroom and teaching at the school. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Healey will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 
       

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Christopher Brown – St. Patrick of Heatherdowns

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      TOLEDO – Christopher Brown is a science teacher at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns School located in Lucas County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May.

      “Many of Mr. Brown’s students have achieved a high level of expertise in the field of science.  He has instituted new programs which benefit our school and our environment.  He started our “Go Green” Club for middle school students and a recycling initiative for the teachers,” says Assistant Principal Judy McEwen.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Brown will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Christine Eby – Northmoor Elementary School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      ENGLEWOOD – Christine Eby iis a fifth grade teacher at Northmoor Elementary School located in Montgomery County. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

      “What separates Mrs. Eby from her peers is her ability to ‘get through’ to children and help them achieve things they didn’t think they could do.  Mrs. Eby not only figured out the key to my daughter’s success; she has helped me understand her better,” says Patricia Stewart, a parent at the school.  Mrs. Eby develops the confidence that a student needs to believe in themselves.  She helps students set goals for themselves.  Both teachers and students feel blessed to have her at the school.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Eby will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Jenny Bruney – Greenfield Elementary School

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      GREENFIELD – Jenny Bruney is a teacher at Greenfield Elementary School located in Highland County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of May.

      “Mrs. Bruney goes above and beyond for each and every student in her classroom.  With her hands-on lessons and exciting ways to teach material, she has a way to reach each child in the best way,” says Lindsay McNeal, a student teacher.  She works hard to make her lessons creative, hands on and interesting for each child.  She is devoted to her students and has a great relationship with their families. Bruney enjoys her job and is described as dedicated, caring and loving. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Bruney will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Elizabeth Enright – Hamilton Intermediate School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Elizabeth Enright is an art teacher at Hamilton Intermediate School located in Franklin County.  She was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of May. 

      “Elizabeth is one of the most genuine people that I have had the opportunity to work with.  She sees over 700 students per week and tries to make personal connections with her students.  Within her classroom, she tries to incorporate indicators into her art projects so that students can relate what they are learning in their academic classes to art and to real life examples,” says teacher Maureen Ingham. 

      She takes on many additional projects and leads the announcement teams and goes through a detailed process of choosing the sixth grade team.  She is described as being kind to her students and staff.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Enright will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Kristy Elliott – L. J. Smith Elementary School

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      MASSILLON – Kristy Elliott is a kindergarten teacher at L.J. Smith Elementary located in Stark County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May.  

      “Mrs. Elliott is a wonderful person.  She is very caring and nurturing to her students.  Mrs. Elliott has high expectations of her students, and she gets great results from her students. Mrs.  Elliott has great control of her classroom and her students; parents respect her.  Mrs. Elliott does an outstanding job of integrating technology with her lessons,” says Principal Daniel McGrath.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Elliott will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
    •  
  • April

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      James MacDowell – Max. S. Hayes High School

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      CLEVELAND – James MacDowell is a 12th grade teacher at Max. S. Hayes High School located in Cuyahoga County.  He was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of April. 

      “Mr. MacDowell has been working with students for the past 17 years making them accountable, responsible, respectable and most importantly employable.  Mr. MacDowell brings real life work opportunities to his students and connects them with the local community,” says Jim Mulgrew, a fellow teacher.

      Many times he buys supplies, materials and tools for his students’ projects out of his own pocket.  He will stay late to help students complete shop projects and personal construction items after school.  He is described as kind and caring.  He also involves his students with building cabins for underprivileged children in southern Ohio. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, MacDowell will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Angela Reusch – St. Patrick of Heatherdowns

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      TOLEDO – Angela Reusch is a Kindergarten teacher at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns School located in Lucas County.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month for the month of April by the Ohio Lottery.

      Reusch is an all around great teacher who is available to her students and their parents.  She is caring and compassionate when it comes to teaching, and she is willing to go the “extra mile” by sending home ideas to parents to help them reinforce topics that were taught at school.  She makes herself available to tutor students after school; she really cares about the success of each student.  She focuses on their academic and personal growth.  She is a “true professional” according to Assistant Principal Judy McEwen.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Reusch will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 
       

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Nathan Thompson – Edwin D. Smith Elementary

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      DAYTON – Nathan Thompson is a music teacher at Edwin D. Smith Elementary located in Montgomery County.  He was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of April.

      Thompson is a teacher who without a doubt personifies the qualities that are necessary for a teacher that one might call “ideal.”  He embodies every skill that one might think makes a “dream” teacher.  According to parent Amy Spowart, “The children respect him because he engages them and shows that he cares for them, but they also look up to him because they see he is talented.”  

      He is described as “passionate’ and dedicated.  “Without question, many children are nervous to open up musically, but Nate really helps the kids shine.  One of the things that Mr. Thompson does that really showcases the children’s potential are the original ‘sharing programs’ each grade level produces every year,” says Spowart.  He teaches his regular music classes and prepares for the annual “sharing programs”; he also has a plethora of other activities for students such as the fifth grade “DARE” graduation, independent guitar lessons and Camp Fiesta.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Thompson will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Michael Sykes – McClain High School

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      GREENFIELD – Michael Sykes is a teacher at McClain High School located in Highland County.  He was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month for the month of April.

      Sykes encourages students to push themselves academically.  He works with students both inside and outside of the classroom teaching various agricultural skills.  He is dedicated, professional and is described as “exemplary.”  “He has been instrumental in the implementation and development of a horticulture program at the school, promoting green living.  Students are learning skills with this new program teaching them self sufficient and sustainability concepts to apply to their lives,” says teacher Chris Dodds. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Sykes will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Doug Ebbeskotte – Hamilton Township High School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Doug Ebbeskotte is a 10th grade Special Education teacher at Hamilton Township High School located in Franklin County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month. 

      Ebbeskotte is described as cooperative and knowledgeable.  He has many alternative methods of helping students.  He is making a difference in the lives of his students everyday.  He puts forth a great deal of effort in working with both his colleagues and the students.  He is caring, understanding and willing to help and assist in any way possible at the school. 

      He is a great example and positive role model for the students.  Ebbeskotte is able to wear different hats and perform the roles that go along with them so that his students can achieve success in the classroom. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Ebbeskotte will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Kim Allen – Athens Meigs Educational Service Center

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      REEDSVILLE – Kim Allen is the Director of Gifted Services for the Athens Meigs Educational Service Center.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of April.

      She is described as caring and selfless.  She makes herself available whenever necessary to help her students.  She is also a mentor to gifted teachers and enjoys motivating them to make a difference in the life of a student.  She works with five schools in Southeast Ohio and facilitates the gifted programming, testing and supplemental programs that are needed.  She is organized and very dedicated to Eastern High School as well as all of the other schools she comes in contact with. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Allen will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Luke Durbin – Massillon Washington High School

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      MASSILLON – Luke Durbin is a teacher at Massillon Washington High School located in Stark County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of April. 

      Durbin is noted as a “favorite” teacher by his students.  He is said to have helped students when they thought things were extremely challenging and difficult.  He encourages students to do their best and stay in class.  Jamey Palma, assistant principal, says that “Luke Durbin defines the new age teacher.” 

      “He brings high level technology and hands on criteria into his instructional strategies that keep his students constantly engaged.”  He has made science important to students through the great rapport and instruction that he brings to each of them. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Durbin will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Tim Becka – Ely Elementary School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      ELYRIA – Tim Becka is a second grade teacher at Ely Elementary School located in Lorain County.  Becka was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of April.

      “He does a wonderful job, and the children are excited to be in his class.  It’s so nice to see the kids looking forward to being in Mr. Becka’s class.  He makes learning fun. He is an inspiration for the children and the other staff,” says parent Rachel Orzech. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Becka will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

  • March

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Megan Sopko – Hope Academy Northwest Campus

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      CLEVELAND – Megan Sopko is a first grade teacher at Hope Academy Northwest Campus located in Cuyahoga County.  Sopko was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of March.

      Sopko steps up to a challenge and creates an environment that supports the mission of the school.  She helps set the stage for an environment that is caring for students with special needs.  She teaches, assists and motivates the students to become all that they can be.  She helps to prepare them for the next educational step in their life. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Sopko will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Angel Dandar – St. Patrick of Heatherdowns

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      TOLEDO – Angel Dandar is a third grade teacher at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns located in Lucas County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March. 

      “The first thing that most people notice about Mrs. Dandar is her positive spirit.  Her smile and sense of humor create a learning environment that encourages her students to develop a sense of confidence and self-worth,” says Assistant Principal Judith McEwen.  She is described as having a “unique” way of embracing each student, and she indentifies well with each child on a personal level.

      Dandar uses weekly newsletters, emails and conferences to keep the communication lines open between her students and their parents.  She is also a teacher who uses a variety of teaching strategies to involve her students and engage them in the activities of the classroom. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Dandar will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Sarah Jacobs – Centerville Primary Village North

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      CENTERVILLE – Sarah Jacobs is a first grade teacher at Centerville Primary Village North located in Montgomery County. She was recently acknowledged by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March.

      Jacobs is described as “amazing.”  She does a fantastic job teaching students in a fun and creative way.  The students respect her and she treats each child with love.  She is a great communicator who focuses on keeping parents informed and involved in the day to day workings of the classroom.  She lays a solid groundwork in the classroom for the students’ success and the opportunity to succeed.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Jacobs will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Lori Bukowski – Greenfield Middle School

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      GREENFIELD – Lori Bukowski is a teacher at Greenfield Middle School located in Highland County.  Bukowski, an Intervention Specialist, was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March. 

      Bukowski played a “crucial role” in leading the staff and district in the assessment of students with special needs.   She was able to see that the nontraditional assessment for students was done properly and that the assessments were accurate. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Bukowski will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Emily Little – Hamilton Elementary School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Emily Little is a second grade teacher at Hamilton Elementary School located in Columbus. Little was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of March.

      Little is described by staff members as a “positive” teacher who is always willing to help others.  She is creative and is able to engage students in their learning.  She is referred by her colleagues as an “outstanding teacher with amazing ideas.”  “She constantly brings new ideas to the table that challenge her students as well as the teachers around her. Several staff members say, “She inspires others to work harder and is a great team member.” 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Little will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Joi Letcavits – Massillon Middle School

      A Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      MASSILLON – Joi Letcavits is a seventh and eighth grade guidance counselor from Massillon Middle School located in Stark County.  She was recently acknowledged by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March.

      Letcavits is described as caring and dedicated.  She wears many hats at the school.  She is described as an organizer, producer, comforter, mediator, scheduler, advisor, announcer, and tester.  She is not afraid to step up to the plate and do whatever needs to be done from doing a home visit to supervising girls in a Walking Group.  She is a talented educator who cares about the students she works with at the school.  She is not shy about taking on any task and seeing it through to the end. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Letcavits will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Jennifer Wiggenhorn – Lear North Elementary School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Jennifer Wiggenhorn is a first grade teacher at Lear North Elementary School located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March. 

      Wiggenhorn has been a teacher for 11 years.  “Mrs. Wiggenhorn sets a tremendous climate in the classroom.  It is a warm and inviting environment.  She believes it is important to make the classroom enjoyable for students.  She reaches out to each student to make them feel important,” says Principal William Greene.

      The most impressive attribute about this teacher is “her ability to do well with difficult students,” says Principal Greene.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Wiggenhorn will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 
       

  • February

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Keith Westrick – Marion Local High School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      MARIA STEIN – Keith Westrick is a teacher at Marion Local High School located in Mercer County.  He was recently acknowledged as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of February.

      Westrick has been an industrial arts teacher for over 20 years.  “The projects that our kids make are outstanding.  Mr. Westrick has ‘open shop’ nights where he gives up his free time to help kids get their projects completed by the assigned date.  His dedication and willingness to go above and beyond are what sets him apart from other teachers,” says Principal Tim Goodwin. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Westrick will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Grace Duncan – McClain High School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      GREENFIELD – Grace Duncan is a high school art teacher at McClain High School located in Highland County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February.

      Duncan is described as an all around “wonderful” teacher who takes pride in what she does.  She helps her students develop their artistic abilities and enters their work at an art show at Fincastle.  She is an inspiration to her students as she encourages them to become greater artists and challenges them to do so by the completion of their work. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Duncan will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Krissy Knorr – Hamilton Middle School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Krissy Knorr is a teacher at Hamilton Middle School located in Franklin County.  Knorr was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February.

      Knorr is described as going above and beyond for the students she teaches.  She is always willing to give up her lunch in order to provide students with the help and support they need on both vocabulary and spelling.  Staying after school to assist students catch up from being absent is also something that she does often.  “This is her first year in our building and she has already become a huge asset to our staff.  It feels as though she has been part of our staff for years,” says fellow teacher Jessica Wills.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Knorr will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 
       

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Rebekah Busch –Alexander High School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      ALBANY – Rebekah Busch is a 10th grade teacher at Alexander High School located in Athens County. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February. 

      “Ms. Busch tries to make connections between student interest and the current literature theme of the classroom.  She feels it’s important to give students real world connections.  Those situations help students see the usefulness of the skills learned in her classroom.  Her lessons vary, and she tries to incorporate artistic and kinesthetic learning practices as well as addressing traditional learning styles,” says Kim Allen, Director of Gifted Services. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Busch will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Peggy Cross – L. J. Smith School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      MASSILLON – Peggy Cross was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February.  She is a teacher at L.J. Smith School located in Stark County. 
      Cross is described as “patient and kind.”  She is dedicated to the school and her students.  “She creates a positive feeling toward each individual student in her class.  She makes them feel as if they were the most important person in the building,” says Principal Daniel McGrath.
      Cross participates in a multitude of committees in the building and is respected by the staff at the school.  She is always willing and able to help and is known to be a professional when it comes to dealing with fellow teachers, students and parents.  She is described as “outstanding” when it comes to communicating with parents.  She keeps them involved in their child’s learning and aware of what is going on in her classroom. 
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Cross will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 
       

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Anna Kanis – The North Ridgeville Education Center

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Anna Kanis is a teacher at The North Ridgeville Education Center located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February. 

      Kanis is a wonderful asset to the school. Kanis serves as a Title I specialist teacher for the building.  “Anna serves as the second in command when the principal is not in the building.  She handles any issue that comes her way with a positive attitude.  She works extremely hard to make all students successful and she creates an environment where all students can learn,” says Principal Andrea Vance.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Kanis will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

  • January

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Bill Young – McPherson Middle School

      Ohio Lottery names a Teacher of the Month

      GREEN SPRINGS – Bill Young is a sixth grade teacher at McPherson Middle School located in Sandusky County.  He was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January. 
      Young is described as a helpful and outstanding teacher who takes pride in what he does.  He organizes fun reviews for his students before a test.  He is described as thoughtful and generous.  He is always available to answer questions and is honest and forthcoming to his students.  He continually challenges his students to go above and beyond what they think they can achieve. 
      For being recognized a Teacher of the Month, Young will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 
       

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Joanne Faler – Meadowdale Prep-8 School

      Ohio Lottery names a Teacher of the Month

      DAYTON – Joanne Faler iis a sixth and seventh grade math teacher at Meadowdale Prep-8 School.  She was recently recognized as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January. 
      Faler is described as “outstanding” in the classroom.  Students adore her because of her caring and dedicated style.  “She makes math fun, entertaining, and understandable,” says Megan Lovett, a fellow teacher at the school. 
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Faler will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Rick Van Matre – McClain High School

      Ohio Lottery names a Teacher of the Month

      GREENFIELD – Rick Van Matre is a 12th grade teacher at McClain High School located in Highland County.  He was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of January by the Ohio Lottery. 

      Van Matre has taught at the high school for 29 years.  He is a positive role model for his students.  He was recently placed in the Ohio Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  He enjoys teaching students to succeed in life.  He believes his students should be hard working, dedicated and encourages them to give back to the community.  He is able to motivate students both inside and outside of the classroom.

      For being recognized a Teacher of the Month, Van Matre will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Kristen Holowicki – Hamilton Intermediate School

      Ohio Lottery names a Teacher of the Month

      COLUMBUS – Kristen Holowicki is a sixth grade teacher at Hamilton Intermediate School.  She was recently recognized by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January.

      Holowicki always has a smile on her face as she greets the staff and students.  She takes time out of her day to help students with the school newspaper.  Her students enjoy spending time with her as she displays a “positive” attitude at the school. She likes to organize things at the school such as the December for the Dogs Charity.  Fellow teacher Maureen Ingham says, “She goes above and beyond!”

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Holowicki will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Maria Gerber – Franklin Elementary School

      Ohio Lottery names a Teacher of the Month

      MASSILLON – Maria Gerber is a teacher at Franklin Elementary School located in Stark County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January.

      Gerber is described by her coworkers as professional, team oriented, positive, encouraging and enthusiastic. She is highly respected by her peers, students and parents.  She is a wonderful communicator and high achiever in the classroom.  She enriches the experiences of her students each day as she builds a love for learning within her classroom.  

      For being recognized a Teacher of the Month, Gerber will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 
       

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Kelly Reed – Liberty Elementary School

      Ohio Lottery names a  Teacher of the Month

      NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Kelly Reed is a fifth grade teacher at Liberty Elementary School located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January.

      “Kelly’s great sense of humor, her caring demeanor, her organization, and her sharing with teachers has made her an outstanding teacher,” says Beverly Donnelly, an Intervention Specialist at the school.  Reed challenged her students to write a fifth grade newsletter.  Her knowledge of technology and her creativity add enrichment to the activities she plans both outside and within the classroom. She touches many hearts and minds of students and teachers. “I am proud to be one of her peers,” says Beverly Donnelly.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Reed will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

  • December

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Julie Fields – Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

      Special Education teacher is a Teacher of the Month

      BROADVIEW HEIGHTS – Julie Fields is a high school special education teacher at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School located in Cuyahoga County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

      Fields is great communicator with the parents and guardians of her students.  She finds creative ways to teach her students in order for them to internalize the material covered in their classes.  She helps bolster their self-esteem and aids students in achieving success at school and within the classroom. “Her students are very blessed to have such a thoughtful professional working with them and for them,” says Sean Brennan, a teacher at the school.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Fields will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Ryan Carter – McPherson Middle School

      Teacher of the Month

      CLYDE – Ryan Carter is a sixth grade teacher at McPherson Middle School located in Sandusky County.  He was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of December.

      “Carter teaches science at the school.  He also coaches the high school basketball team.  He teaches good sportsmanship and teaches the team to put grades before the team, and he encourages the players to, “Put the team before yourself.”  He is dedicated to the school and gives his very best each day to the faculty and staff around him.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Carter will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 
       

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Marilyn Mitchell – McClain High School

      The Ohio Lottery names a Teacher of the Month

      GREENFIELD – Marilyn Mitchell is a teacher at McClain High School located in Highland County.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December by the Ohio Lottery. 

      Mitchell is described as having a true, kind heart.  “She teaches her kids life lessons with the respect they deserve as well as expecting it in return,” says Chris Dodds, a teacher at the school.  She helps out the families in and out of the classroom in anyway she can.  She teaches the kids to cook and eat well and if there is food left over, the kids can take it home to their family.  “She is involved with several clubs in town, in school and in her church.  She thrives on the challenge… The kids receive the best reward, love, kindness, patience, comfort, a safe environment and the life skills to carry them through,” says Dodds.

      For being recognized a Teacher of the Month, Mitchell will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Lee Ann Shepfer – Hamilton Township High School

      Teacher of the Month

      COLUMBUS – Lee Ann Shepfer is a teacher at Hamilton Township High School located in Franklin County.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of December.

      Shepfer is described as a hard-working and dedicated teacher and coach.  She is organizing a study group for seniors on IEPs to help them graduate on time.  Shepfer is described by many as patient and loving.  She is an inspiration to her students and fellow teachers.  She helps students improve their grades and strive to be the best that they can be.  Shepfer says, “Whatever the day may bring, I am surrounded by the most wonderful group of students who love Hamilton and are eager to learn.”

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Shepfer will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Eastern High School - Teacher name unavailable
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Allison Barnhart – Massillon Washington High School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      MASSILLON – Allison Barnhart is a teacher at Massillon Washington High School located in Stark County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

      “Ms. Barnhart is an excellent social studies teacher and intervention specialist.  She brings history alive to her students.  She demonstrates how important history is to life and in their own community,” says Clivette Stallworth, a fellow teacher in the building.  She is described as kind, generous, inspirational and conscientious.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Barnhart will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 
       

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Chuck Morgan – North Ridgeville Middle School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Chuck Morgan is an eighth grade teacher at North Ridgeville Middle School located in Lorain County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

      “Mr. Morgan demonstrates an enthusiasm for the educational process as well as the nurturing of students on a daily basis.  He actively involves himself in all aspects of our school and truly recognizes the need to balance academia without losing sight of students and individuals.   His personable, conscientious and professional characteristics enable him to resolve difficult situations while maintaining positive and respectful relationships,” says Principal Amy Peck. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Morgan will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

  • November

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Janet Desvari – Hope Academy Northwest Campus

      The Ohio Lottery acknowledges a Teacher of the Month

      CLEVELAND – Janet Desvari is a first grade teacher at Hope Academy Northwest Campus located in Cuyahoga County.  Desvari was recently honored as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month.

      “Mrs. Desvari’s love and compassion for my daughter and the other children of the classroom is priceless, and I greatly appreciated her concern and everything she does for my daughter and the students of Hope Academy Northwest Campus,” says William Anderson, Jr., a parent at the school.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Desvari will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Leah Finke – Sidney Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      SIDNEY – Leah Finke is a seventh grade teacher at Sidney Middle School located in Shelby County. She teaches science at the school.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November by the Ohio Lottery.

      “Mrs. Finke exhibits what true professionalism means.  She not only cares about her students, but she goes above and beyond the classroom to make education a part of their daily life,” says Lynda Adams, Education Coordinator for the Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District.

      She makes learning enjoyable and is creative when it comes to her teaching methods.  She is dedicated to her students.  She also works with community groups, the Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District as well as the city of Sidney to maintain the only “rain garden” on school grounds in the county.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Finke will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Tracey Cokonougher – McClain Middle School

      The Ohio Lottery honors a Teacher of the Month

      GREENFIELD – Tracey Cokonougher is a seventh grade math and social studies teacher at McClain Middle School located in Highland County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November.

      “Ms. Cokonougher is a role model for students and her peers.  She creates a positive classroom environment that motivates student learning.  Her teaching methods encourage academic excellence.  She encourages parental involvement in student learning,” says parent and teacher Chris Dodds.  She even dropped homework off to Mr. Dodds house when his daughter was ill.  She is said to go above and beyond both inside and outside of the classroom.  Ms. Cokonougher is also a coach of multiple sports at the school.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Cokonougher will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  
       

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Tiffany Murgatroyd – Hamilton Middle School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Tiffany Murgatroyd is is a language arts teacher at Hamilton Middle School located in Franklin County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November.  

      Murgatroyd has taken on the role of mentor, collaborator, leader and instructor for her team at school.  She provides ideas and materials for use in teaching and has “led the way in the use of instructional technology” at the school.  She is always willing to share her knowledge and skills with the staff and students.  “She is one of the most positive members of our staff and is always willing to step up whenever needed,” says Principal Jeffrey Endres.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Murgatroyd will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Name withheld – Eastern High School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      REEDSVILLE – Name withheld

      “Ms. Barnhart is an excellent social studies teacher and intervention specialist.  She brings history alive to her students.  She demonstrates how important history is to life and in their own community,” says Clivette Stallworth, a fellow teacher in the building.  She is described as kind, generous, inspirational and conscientious. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Barnhart will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Allison Barnhart – Massillon Washington High School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      MASSILLON – Allison Barnhart is a teacher at Massillon Washington High School located in Stark County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

      “Ms. Barnhart is an excellent social studies teacher and intervention specialist.  She brings history alive to her students.  She demonstrates how important history is to life and in their own community,” says Clivette Stallworth, a fellow teacher in the building.  She is described as kind, generous, inspirational and conscientious. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Barnhart will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.
       

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Sandy Gasior –North Ridgeville Middle School

      Partners in Education Program honors a teacher

      NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Sandy Gasior is is an eighth grade teacher at North Ridgeville Middle School located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November.  

      Gasior is described as an “invaluable asset” to the students, community and parents.  She is  an Intervention Specialist who always goes above and beyond the call of duty.  “She is a master special education teacher who differentiates instruction constantly to meet the varying needs of her diverse group of students.  She exhibits professionalism in her work at all times by developing a rapport with students, parents and co-workers,” says Principal Amy Peck.  She contributes to the success of the school and is an advocate for her students.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Gasior will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.  

  • October

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Sarah Morgan – Hamilton Township High School

      Partners in Education Program honors a teacher

      COLUMBUS – Sarah Morganis a Spanish teacher at Hamilton Township High School located in Franklin County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of October.

      Ms. Morgan is described as an “amazing” teacher who students adore and enjoy.  She is said to have a “positive” affect on students.  “I expect my students to respect others, themselves, and the class.  We have fun learning Spanish while working diligently from bell to bell,” says recipient Ms. Morgan.  Students work individually and also work in pairs and small groups in the classroom setting.  Her hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed by fellow staff members, parents or her students.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Ms. Morgan will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 6 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Sandy Rees – E.G. Bowers Elementary School

      Partners in Education Program honors a teacher

      MASSILLON – Sandy Rees is a K-4 teacher at E.G. Bowers Elementary School located in Stark County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.

      Ms. Rees is a teacher in the Multiple Disability class. “She is an extraordinary educator who wears many hats.  Not only is she responsible for academics for her children, she also is the first person to meet the many other needs of her children.   She has a wonderful relationship with her students and their families,” says school Principal Julie Brokaw. 

      She is the Head Teacher in the building which means that when the principal is out of the building staff members can rely on her. She possesses creativity, compassion, energy and professionalism when dealing with students and families on a daily basis.  Her classroom is described as “well managed and fun”.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Ms. Rees will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate. 

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Cornelia Holland – Walter G. Nord Middle School

      Walter G. Nord Middle School teacher is honored by the
      Ohio Lottery

      AMHERST – Cornelia Holland is a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Walter G. Nord Middle School.  She was recently acknowledged by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.

      Ms. Holland is an Intervention Specialist for the newly created MH Unit.  Following a child’s IEP, Ms. Holland works with each child, based upon their skills, to make advancements to their level.  She motivates children through a variety of teaching techniques and offers small rewards as an incentive to students.  She possesses wonderful communication skills which enhances her interaction with the school and parents.  She participates in Special Olympics in her community, the school’s Running Club and the sports program in Amherst. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Ms. Holland will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

  • September

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Dr. Richard Fierer – Independence Middle School

      Partners in Education Program honors a teacher from Independence Middle School

      INDEPENDENCE – Dr. Richard Fierer is a teacher at Independence Middle School located in Cuyahoga County.  He was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of September.  He teaches Enriched Reading to students in grades fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth.

      He is described as an “outstanding” teacher who goes above and beyond the expectations of his job.  He is passionate about what he does and comes to his job each day with a positive attitude and desire to teach. Two of his students mentioned that,  “Each and every day, through his unique teaching techniques, he makes us step outside of our comfort zone and discover how much potential we really have.  He motivates and encourages us so that we can have the opportunity to reach all of our goals.”

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Dr.  Fierer will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Kevin Lucas – St. Ursula Academy
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 6 Cleveland Area
      Michael Barnett – Meigs Local School District

      Partners in Education Program honors a teacher from Independence Middle School

      POMEROY – Michael Barnett is a Curriculum Director and Federal Programs Coordinator for Meigs Local School District (grades K-12).  He is dedicated to helping students perform and progress in the classroom.  He was recently acknowledged by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of September.

      “Michael fosters learning through promoting inquiry based instruction, providing clear learning targets and emphasizing the use of formative assessment techniques to differentiate instruction for all learners,” says Kim Allen, Director of Gifted Services.

      “Fostering 21st century skills and making lessons interesting is a tremendous motivation for students.  Michael stays up to date on the latest technology and utilizes tools such as Smartboards, Ipads and Response Systems,” says Allen.  He is a team leader for the district and communicates well on all levels.  He is professional and is always willing to go above and beyond the call of his job description.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Mr. Barnett will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

    • Region 7 Akron - Canton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Gretchen Herzberger – Liberty Elementary School

      Partners in Education Program honors a teacher

      NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Gretchen Herzberger is a teacher at Liberty Elementary located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of September.

      Herzberger enjoys working with students and finds creative ways for them to showcase their strengths.  Her students range from second to fifth grade.  She is responsible for making sure each and every student’s needs are met regardless of their physical or emotional needs. She is dedicated to her students, their parents and the entire staff of Liberty Elementary. 

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Herzberger will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift certificate.

  • May

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Diane Lowe – Muraski Elementary School

      Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month

      STRONGSVILLE – Diane Lowe is a first grade teacher at Muraski Elementary located in Cuyahoga County.  The Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education Program recently recognized Mrs. Lowe as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May.

      ”Mrs. Lowe has been my son’s teacher for first grade.  It is with her patience and dedication to her students that my son has grown.  When I attended Open House I was captivated by the colors, words, and comforting atmosphere,” says Debra Sahley, a parent at the school. 

      Mrs. Sahley explained that her son is enthusiastic about learning math and that he reads with confidence and that Mrs. Lowe has a way about her that students respond well to and is a very caring individual.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month Mrs. Lowe will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with sponsor team merchandise.

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Katie McCoy – Meadowdale PreK-8 School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      DAYTON – Katie McCoy is a music teacher for elementary school children at Meadowdale PreK-8 School located in Montgomery County. The Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education Program recently honored Mrs. McCoy as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May.

       “Mrs. McCoy always goes above and beyond the call of duty.  Students love going to music class because they know that Mrs. McCoy is going to have a fun, exciting lesson planned for them,” says Megan Lovett, a fellow teacher at the school.  

      Mrs. McCoy is the Choir Director, co-chair of the talent show and Head of the Design Team. She is a real role model and confidant to many.  She is successful and passionate about everything she does.  Lovett says, “She is a vital part of this school and is involved in everything.”

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month Mrs. McCoy will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with team merchandise.  

      Mrs. McCoy is the Choir Director, co-chair of the talent show and Head of the Design Team. She is a real role model and confidant to many.  She is successful and passionate about everything she does.  Lovett says, “She is a vital part of this school and is involved in everything.”

    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Kevin Lucas – St. Ursula Academy

      Partners in Education Program honors a teacher

      CINCINNATI – Kevin Lucas is a high school teacher at St. Ursula Academy located in Hamilton County.  He was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education Program.

      Lucas teaches physical education two days a weekend and is also a computer technician three days a week.  He takes care of all of the laptops for the juniors and seniors.  He is also a volleyball coach.  He runs a summer camp and has served as secretary and treasurer of the Ohio Boys Volleyball Association.  He enjoys giving his time and talents to his students.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month Lucas will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with team merchandise. 

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Julie Murray – Hamilton  Intermediate School

      Teacher of the Month is honored

      COLUMBUS – Julie Murray iis a sixth grade math teacher at Hamilton Intermediate School located in Franklin County.  Mrs. Murray was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education Program as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May.

      She has emerged as a leader in our building through her consistent efforts with her fellow staff members and her students.  Mrs. Murray demonstrates her leadership skills as the team leader for her group of sixth grade teachers.  She coordinates the day-to day functions of the team and communicates building level information,” says Assistant Principal Amy Siegel.  

      She has a high level of math content knowledge and instructional strategies that makes her a valuable member of the math department.

      Mrs. Murray creates and maintains an excellent learning environment.  Students participate and they are able to achieve at a high level.  Mrs. Murray’s rapport with students is commendable; she is a wonderful asset to the building, community and most of all to our students.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month Mrs. Murray will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with team merchandise.  

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron - Canton Area
      Amy Toth – Northwest Elementary School

      Teacher at Northwest Elementary receives recognition

      FULTON – Amy Toth, is a first grade teacher at Northwest Elementary School located in Stark County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education Program as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May.

      Mrs. Toth is one of the best teachers I have had the privilege to know.  I am so blessed that all three of my kids have had her for first grade!  She has taught all three of my children to excel in all they do from reading to math and the work ethics to complete homework and enjoy school,” says Lori Zito, a parent from the school.

      Zito says that Mrs. Toth is creative and fun. She enjoys her class and loves children.  Her students share the same excitement about learning that she expresses about teaching.  Students look forward to going to school everyday when they are in her class.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month Toth will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with team merchandise.

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      Sally Campbell – Jefferson Senior High School

      Partners in Education Program honors a teacher

      JEFFERSON – Sally Campbell is an Intervention Specialist at Jefferson Sr. High School located in Ashtabula County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education Program as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May.

      “Sally Campbell not only encourages her students to exceed, she shows them how.  Sally advocates for her students on a daily basis.  She is a team member with the staff and individuals involved in the lives or her students; she always finds creative ways to communicate with everyone involved,” says Amanda Boone, LSW.  

      Campbell is described as an inspiration, coach and an honor to work with.  She tries her best to make learning both fun and challenging.  Many of her students credit her for the reason that they stayed in school and enjoyed it.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month Campbell will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with team merchandise.

    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Sara Sanfilippo – Lear North Elementary School

      Teacher is honored by Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education Program

      NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Sara Sanfilippo iis a first grade teacher at Lear North Elementary School   located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education Program as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May.

      “Mrs. Sanfilippo takes some of the most difficult students at Lear North and turns them into successful students. She works with parents to instill a love of learning in her students.  She has made such an impression on parents that she is by far the most requested teacher for students the next year.  Her dedication and respect for her students continually helps her students succeed and want to come to school,” says Principal William Greene.

      She is truly a valued member of the staff and community.  She utilizes games in the classroom to illustrate a needed knowledge fact.  She helps families make education a top priority for their children.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month Sanfilippo will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with team merchandise.  

  • April

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Ken DeAngelis – Independence Middle School

      Independence teacher is Teacher of the Month

      INDEPENDENCE – Ken DeAngelis is a sixth grade math teacher at Independence Middle School located in Cuyahoga County. Mr. DeAngelis was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of April.

      Mr. DeAngelis is described as a phenomenal teacher, coach, mentor and coworker.  He is highly dedicated to middle level education.  He has positive energy and encourages students to do great things.  He is a leader to his students and his peers.  He is always willing to help students before and after school.  “He not only teaches math but life skills to help the kids succeed,” says a fellow teacher, Michelle Koussa.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Mr. DeAngelis will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Derek Messenger – Meadowbrook PreK-8 School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      CINCINNATI – Derek Messenger is a seventh grade teacher from Sycamore Jr. High School.  He was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of April by the Ohio Lottery. 

      Susan Dudek, a parent from the school, says that, “I honestly have been so lucky to have a math teacher like Mr. Messenger at this time in my son’s life.  He’s been such a blessing, and I’m thrilled that he’s taken the time and interest in my son.”  Ms. Dudek says that her son was struggling in math and that Mr. Messenger has gone above and beyond what would be expected of a teacher.  Mr. Messenger recently sent an email saying that Ms. Dudek could congratulate her son on his quiz results.  Ms. Dudek believes that her son’s success is truly a reflection of the dedication and positive attitude of Mr. Messenger. He is never too busy to help or listen.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Messenger will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Michael Morbitzer – Hamilton Township High School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher

      COLUMBUS – Michael Morbitzer is a high school language arts teacher at Hamilton Township High School located in Franklin County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

      Morbitzer is well respected by his colleagues and his students.  A fellow teacher says, “I witnessed teachers conferring with him about computer issues, assessments, video board messages or announcements,” says Ryan Fitzgerald, Dean of Students. Morbitzer works with the district on various projects such as credit flexibility, standards and guidelines and assessments.  He has also generated Web sites for the students to visit.  He is never afraid to take on a new challenge.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Morbitzer will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery. 

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Barbara Dinwiddie – Fairland Middle School

      Ohio Lottery names Teacher of the Month

      PROCTORVILLE – Barbara Dinwiddie is an eighth grade teacher at Fairland Middle School located in Lawrence County.  She was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of April.

      “Every school should have a Mrs. Dinwiddie; this will assure parents that ‘No Child Will Be Left Behind’” says Dallas L. Williams, a parent at the school.  Mrs. Dinwiddie believes in children and is able to reassure parents that their child will succeed.  She is a very special teacher who has been in the school system for almost 40 years.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month Mrs. Dinwiddie will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery and team merchandise from the Cincinnati Reds.

    • Region 7 Akron - Canton Area
      Amanda Metton – Edgewood Middle School

      The Ohio Lottery recognizes a teacher from Wooster

      WOOSTER – Amanda Metton, is an eighth grade teacher at Edgewood Middle School located in Wayne County.  She was recently recognized by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of April.

      Ms. Metton is described as an “outstanding professional” who works well with staff and students.  She has a positive impact on student achievement at the middle school.  “Ms. Metten is a consummate professional who strives for excellence. As a special education teacher, she works collectively with our staff to ensure that all of our special education students receive the best education possible.  She has helped create intervention toolkits for our teachers to utilize, and she makes appropriate modifications and accommodations to meet student needs,” says Principal Rich Leone.

      She started a club called the Blue & Gold Club which creates opportunities for students who not only performed well in the classroom, but also had perfect attendance and perfect behavior for each quarter.  Her positive attitude is said to keep the middle school a fun place to be.  Dedicated and inspiring are words used to describe Ms. Metton.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Ms. Metten will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Jeff Ditzler – Lear North Elementary School

      Teacher of the month is named by the Ohio Lottery

      NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Jeff Ditzler is a teacher from Lear North Elementary School located in Lorain County.  He was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of April.

      Ditzler is an outstanding teacher who exudes energy and enthusiasm.  He makes learning fun for his students and provides students with interesting ways to remember useful information.  He teaches 1st grade and has taught for 10 years.  He is a dedicated teacher who is respected by both teacher and students.  His efforts do not go unnoticed.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Ditzler will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

  • March

    • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Megan Lovett – Meadowbrook PreK-8 School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      DAYTON – Megan Lovett is a sixth grade reading and math teacher at Meadowdale PreK-8 School.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March.

      Lovett is described as dedicated and hard working.  She makes a personal connection with her students and encourages them to do their best.  “Mrs. Lovett is very adaptive and has a handle of what’s going on with students.  She’s able to see the need of the moment as well as the coming trends in education.  She is a natural at influencing the growth and maturation of others,” said Katie McCoy, a fellow teacher.  

      It is evident that she loves working with children; she is able to set high expectations for her students and they, in turn, are able to perform at high levels.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Lovett will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Carmen Burnheimer – Hamilton Middle School

      Language arts teacher receives recognition

      COLUMBUS – Carmen Burnheimer is an eighth grade language arts teacher at Hamilton Middle School located in Franklin County.

      Burnheimer is described as a leader for the students and faculty at Hamilton Middle School. She is able to help students who are struggling and take on the role of a counselor, mother, friend, cheerleader and advocate for these students.  “Without her, these students would struggle to be successful,” said Jeff Endres, school principal.

      She serves on several committees at the school including the Building Discipline Committee and the Principal’s Advisory Committee.  She attends the extra-curricular activities at the school and is always willing to go above and beyond for her students.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Burnheimer will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Jayne Collins – Eastern Elementary School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      COLUMBUS – Jayne Collins is a fifth/sixth grade science teacher at Eastern Elementary School located in Meigs County.  She was honored as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of March.

      Jayne Collins doesn’t just inspire her students but the teachers, families and community around her,” says Sarah Lee, a fellow faculty member.   She uses a very hands-on, technological approach when it comes to teaching.  She is able to push students to excel academically. She does various things at the school from spreading school spirit to advising the junior class and organizing the science question of the week.  She maintains the attitude that students will achieve what they set their mind on doing.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Collins will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

    • Region 7 Akron - Canton Area
      Erik Straub – Nolley Elementary School

      Teacher receives recognition

      WOOSTER – Erik Straub, a third grade teacher at Nolley Elementary School, was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March.

      Mr. Straub has inspired my daughter to be a good student.  She loves school because he makes school fun. He tries to understand and help each student,” says Jeanne Smith, a parent from Nolley Elementary School.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Straub will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Dana Marie Reigles – Wilcox Elementary School

      Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month

      NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Dana Marie Reigles is a third grade teacher at Wilcox Elementary School located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March.

      Ms. Reigles is an excellent classroom teacher.  She has consistently provided her students with a quality education.  She is very thoughtful towards her fellow teachers and is an advocate for fairness for all she comes in contact with.  Her students past and current feel she is one who has created a family atmosphere within the classroom,” said Principal Mark Millar.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Reigles will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

  • February

      Region 1 Greater Cleveland
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Sharon Luebrecht – Kalida Elementary School

      Teacher of the Month is named

      KALIDA – Sharon Luebrecht is a kindergarten thru sixth grade physical education teacher at Kalida Elementary School located in Putnam County.  She has been teaching physical education for 33 years. Luebrecht was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February.  
       “Sherry’s excellence in the classroom stems from her passion to help students learn and enjoy a wide range of activity.  She still participates in many of the sports she teaches.  Her leadership goes beyond the classroom.  She often organizes evening programs, involving parents to play alongside their kids.  Her dedication to physical education is what sets her apart.  While striving to get each student to excel towards improving their standing in the Presidential Fitness Programs, she is more concerned that the student gain a deep appreciation for keeping themselves fit for a lifetime of health,” says Principal Karl Lammers.  
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Luebrecht will receive four tickets to a Toledo Walleye’s game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery. 
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Christopher Dodds – McClain High School

      Teacher of the Month is honored

      GREENFIELD – Christopher Dodds teaches Industrial Technology at McClain High School located in Highland County.  He was recently recognized by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February.
      Dodds is dedicated to his students; he is able to “ignite their passion” for learning.  He challenges his students to solve problems with the creation of projects.  The projects that his students complete normally benefit the community because Dodds believes it is important for his students to give back.  For example, his students built benches for the local armory, a puppet theater for the local library and picnic tables for the athletic fields.
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Dodds will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Jessica Wills – Hamilton Middle School

      Ohio Lottery recognizes Teacher of the Month

      COLUMBUS – Jessica Wills is a seventh grade teacher at Hamilton Middle School located in Franklin County.  Wills was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of February.  
      “Mrs. Wills is an energetic and vibrant teacher.  She always has her student’s best interest in mind, not only academically, but socially, athletically and in their community.  She is always striving to bring out the best in all students and has no problems addressing the needs of students of all ability levels,” says Principal Jeff Endres.
      Wills has great success with her students as she works with special education students and teachers in an inclusive setting.  She is the head of the Math Department and sits on the Principal’s Advisory Committee.  She is the Track coach for the middle school and is happy to offer tutoring to those who need extra help.  She is a great role model for her peers and her students.  
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Jessica will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.  
    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
      Joy Kubb – Kean Elementary School

      Teacher of the Month receives recognition

      WOOSTER – Joy Kubb is a sixth grade teacher at Kean Elementary School located in Wayne County.  Kubb was recently recognized as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of February.
      Kubb is described as an “excellent” teacher.  Principal Peg Butler says, “She is a true professional, continually seeking new ways of implementing researched instructional practices and broadening her       knowledge of 21st century learning.  She challenges each of her students daily and maintains an environment that is rich in resources and conducive to learning. Our professional learning community is rich with ideas and productive with outcomes due to the contributions and team work of Mrs. Kubb.”
      Kubb gains the respect of students.  Many times, they lean on her for social guidance and emotional support.  For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Kubb will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.  
    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Beth Gee – The Education Center

      Teacher of the Month is honored

      NORTH RIDGEVILLE—Beth Gee is a kindergarten teacher at The Education Center located in Lorain County. She also serves as the media specialist for the North Ridgeville School District.  She was recently recognized as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of February.
      Gee is always implementing new ideas in the classroom.  She shares Web sites with other staff members to create a successful environment for all students.  She is very dedicated and has an outstanding rapport with students, parents and fellow staff members.  The district is very fortunate to have her on the staff this year. Gee expects 100 percent from her students and strives to achieve this by setting up a successful classroom in which to learn.  
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Gee will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery. 
  • January

    • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Robert Lanthorn Hamilton Township High School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      Robert Lanthorn is a 12th grade government teacher from Hamilton Township High School. Lanthorn was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of January.

      Lanthorn is very active within the high school. He teaches AP classes to seniors and assists with coaching football. He was recently honored in a monthly publication of Kids Voting USA as Educator of the Month. He serves as a liaison between Hamilton Local School and Kids Voting Central Ohio. He is part of the Advisory Board of Kids Voting Central Ohio.

      He also helps coordinate Youth at the Booth, a program which allows high school students to serve as poll workers on Election Day. As one can see, he is not just a social studies teacher; he serves as a role model for students on the importance of voting and our government. Lanthorn says he is thankful for the recognition and his students. He continually encourages children to be a part of our civic government.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Lanthorn will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

      The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Linda Michael Meigs Local School District

      Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month

      Linda Michael is a Homeless Liaison for the Meigs Local School District. She works with students from grades kindergarten thru 12th. She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of January. She represents the Athens area.

      Michael’s position is made possible through the McKinney-Vento Program which is a program designed to make sure all homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free and appropriate education as other students. She ensures that homeless students receive additional services for which they are eligible such as Head-Start, pre-school and referrals to doctors. She also helps parents understand their rights and encourages them to be actively involved in their child’s education.

      She serves as a mediator when students need to have the required paperwork for school enrollment completed. She also works with the school budget employees to make sure that her program is supported with Title One Funds, grants and fund raisers that make it necessary for her to do her job. Sometimes she has to locate students in shelters, motels, and homes of relatives to make sure that they have what they need such as housing assistance, clothing, food, utilities and mental health. She is an asset to the community of Pomeroy and the school district itself.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Michael will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

      The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

    • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
      No Entry Received
    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Suzanne Parnell Liberty Elementary School

      Teacher of the Month is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      Suzanne Parnell was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January. She is a fourth grade teacher at Liberty Elementary School located in Lorain County.

      Parnell is described as an outstanding educator who shows a passion for teaching and a love for her students. She understands the impact that a teacher can have on the life of a child. She is innovative, enthusiastic and organized. She is always willing to work collaboratively with individuals in the community and school. She is an inspiration to her students to learn and grow throughout their lifetime.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Parnell will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

      The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

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Past Winners
  • 2010

    • January 2010 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Chris Dlugosz Westerly Elementary School

        Fourth grade teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        Chris Dlugosz is a fourth grade teacher at Westerly Elementary School located in Cuyahoga County. Dlugosz was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of January. He represents the Cleveland area.

        Dlugosz is described as an excellent teacher with a well deserved reputation among parents and students. The experience that students have in Dlugosz’s classroom is one they love and treasure. His classroom is run with structure and he has high expectations from students concerning their work and behavior. They are rewarded for rising up to these high expectations.

        Weekly auctions are held using auction dollars that the children earn through their work, behavior and good citizenship shown. He encourages students to read and make a goal for the quarter by hosting a “Rock Party.” He is described as dedicated and observant of all of his students’ needs.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Dlugosz will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Mike Anderson Xenia High School

        Xenia High School teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        Mike Anderson is a teacher at Xenia High School located in Greene County. Anderson was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of January. He represents the Dayton area.

        Anderson is a Xenia High School graduate who attended Wilmington College on a football scholarship. He later returned to teach and coach at his alma mater, Xenia High School. He teaches Industrial Technology to 9th-12th graders.

        Anderson is described as willing to do whatever it takes to work as a team. He communicates effectively and distinguishes himself from others by the work he does with his students. He teaches students skills that they will need for the career center. He coaches freshmen football and encourages his student athletes to be leaders. “Students respect him and know he is there for them,” says Karol Warden, the district’s assistant principal.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Anderson will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Cyclones’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        Angela Edmonds Wyoming High School

        Wyoming High School Teacher is recognized

        Angela Edmonds is a 9-12th grade teacher at Wyoming High School located in Hamilton County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of January by the Ohio Lottery. Edmonds represents the Cincinnati area.

        Edmonds is described as a “tremendous” teacher and coach. She teaches English and is able to engage all types of learners. She goes above and beyond her call of duty to make the material appear interesting to her students. She coaches various teams such as the soccer team and varsity basketball. She continues to help her athletes obtain scholarships for their athletic abilities. Success is achieved by her students both in academics and athletics because she works hard with them.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Edmonds will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Linda Kerr Bishop Flaget School

        Teacher at Bishop Flaget School is a Teacher of the Month

        Linda Kerr is a physical education teacher at Bishop Flaget School located in Ross County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of January. She represents the Columbus area.

        Linda is the most exciting physical education teacher in the land! Mrs. Kerr makes her students strive to be healthy by being a great role model and also by showing them how much fun it is to be active,” says Principal Laura Corcoran.

        She is said to be a team player who works hard on the school’s Health Council. She is always willing to lend a hand to her fellow staff members and to her students. She has been acknowledged as treating her students as if they were her own children.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Kerr will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        No Entry Received
      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        No Entry Received
    • February 2010 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Carrie Grendel Independence Middle School

        Intervention Specialist in Cuyahoga County is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        Carrie Grendel of Independence was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February. She represents the Cleveland area. Grendel is an Intervention Specialist for grades 7 and 8 at Independence Middle School located in Cuyahoga County.

        Grendel is described as organized and dedicated. She tries to develop new ways to make the content areas in the classroom more interesting to her students. She has a challenging job and still manages to face everyday with a smile and embrace the challenges that each day brings when it comes to her students. She is active in the community and is the advisor for the Builder’s Club, a service club at the school.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Grendel will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        Laura Rettig Upper Scioto Valley High School

        Teacher at Upper Scioto Valley High School is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Laura Rettig is a teacher at Upper Scioto Valley High School located in Hardin County. She is a science teacher who has helped raise the Ohio graduation scores at the district from her arrival on campus. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of February.

        Rettig cares about her students and she tries to improve learning at the school with hard work and determination. She challenges her students and engages them in their studies. She recently started selling snacks and drinks to raise money for school fundraisers and for those less fortunate students within the school district. The money helps defray the cost for the students who need to pay for the ACT test or to be able to attend a field trip. She truly cares about the students of the district.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Rettig will receive four tickets to a Toledo Walleye’s game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Barbara Markley Simon Kenton Elementary School

        Simon Kenton Elementary School teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        —An intervention specialist at Simon Kenton Elementary School named Barbara Markley was honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February. She represents the Dayton area.

        Markley is described as a hard working employee. She makes learning a positive experience for her students. She is highly respected by her colleagues. She started a Garden Club for the school. Markley “leads by example,” says Assistant Principal Karol Warden.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Markley will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Cyclones’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        Dianna Davis St. Ursula Academy

        Theatre teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Dianna Davis is a theatre teacher at St. Ursula Academy located in Hamilton County. She was recently recognized by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February.

        Davis helps students pursue their acting and performing skills at the college level. She helps students write resumes and letters for college. Davis is in charge of selecting the musical or play, choosing the performers, getting the set built, putting together programs and advertising. She is described as a “dedicated teacher and theatrical coach.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Davis will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Cyclones’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Mark Geist Harmon Middle School

        Teacher of the month is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        —The Ohio Lottery recognizes Mark Geist, a 6th grade teacher from Harmon Middle School located in Fairfield County. Geist is the Teacher of the Month for the month of February. He represents the Columbus area by receiving this award.

        Geist is described as a leader in the classroom. He also provides assistance to other teachers. He is a positive male role model for his students. He is able to take students from where they are academically and bring them to the point that they need to be. He is able to deal with many different learning styles and strives to differentiate his curriculum where it is needed for his students to achieve success. Students strive to work hard for him and do well in his classroom which is described as a “classroom of excellence.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Geist will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Lynette Kouche St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School

        Fifth grade teacher of Wayne County receives recognition from the Ohio Lottery

        Lynette Kouche is a fifth grade teacher from St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School. Kouche has been a teacher at the school for 31 years. She has a strong reputation for her teaching skills and has earned the respect of many because of her devotion to her students. Kouche was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of February. She represents the Akron-Canton area.

        One of her trademarks is a Christmas card sale conducted by her students to support an area family through Children’s Services. Students design cards and sell them. Later they shop with Kouche throughout the year for items to help the family through the holidays. Kouche is described as a “truly outstanding teacher.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Kouche will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Terry Furman Jefferson Area High School

        Librarian/media specialist is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Terry Furman is a librarian/media specialist at Jefferson Area High School. He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February.

        Furman handles a multitude of responsibilities with great efficiency and care. He enjoys the students and encourages them to read books they enjoy. He is happy to help with computers, research papers and designing PowerPoint presentations when needed. He is also responsible for writing grants to obtain library materials for the school. “He obviously wears many hats as our media specialist and they all look great on him,” says Danielle Jackson, a teacher in the district.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Furman will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Jeffrey Meyers Walter G. Nord Middle School

        Fifth grade music teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Jeffrey Meyers is a fifth grade teacher at Walter G. Nord Middle School. He has taught for 30 years. He is an instrumental music teacher who instructs students in band, choral and musical directing. Meyers was recently named the Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of February.

        Barry Kaufman, a fellow staff member, says that, “His years as a music professional have shaped the lives of each of his student’s talent toward music appreciation.” He has performed professionally, as well as donated time as a volunteer of the All Lorain county High School Jazz Ensemble and several pit orchestras for many years.

        Mr. Meyers served as an Adjunct Professor at LCCC directing the Civic Jazz Band and Jazz Improvisation class.” Kaufman says that he is able to bring beginning students in band to their first spring concert as “brilliantly polished gems.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Meyers will receive four tickets to a Lake Erie Monsters’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • March 2010 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        No Entry Received
      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        Bill Young McPherson Middle School

        Teacher from McPherson Middle School is honored

        Bill Young is a seventh grade social studies teacher at McPherson Middle School located in Sandusky County. Young was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March. He represents the Toledo area.

        Nick Buchanan, a student of Young’s, describes Young as an “outstanding teacher.” “Every morning, Mr. Young walks into our school with a smile on his face. He makes class fun, with games and activities every week. He is just all out awesome.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Young will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Julie Scheerschmidt Tecumseh Elementary School

        Teacher at Tecumseh Elementary School is honored

        Julie Scheerschmidt is a fifth grade teacher at Tecumseh Elementary School located in Greene County. Scheerschmidt was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March. She represents the Dayton area.

        Scheerschmidt is described as an excellent teacher who understands the content areas she teaches and delivers effective instruction that advances the learning of each student. She is able to make accommodations in the classroom for students with special needs. She is organized and spends many hours planning the Tecumseh Health and Safety Day held at the school. She also coordinates the Science Festival in May. She has served on the district Science Council and has good rapport with the students she teaches, her peers and the parents of her students.

        “It is an absolute joy to walk into Mrs. Scheerschmidt’s classroom at any time of the instructional day and see a teacher who has planned for the day of instruction, students are on task, attentive and actively involved,” says Assistant Principal Karol Warden. She creates a positive classroom environment and is a strong teacher. She is a devoted team member to the school and is both responsible and caring. “She is one of those teachers that every principal dreams to have in their building,” says Warden.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Scheerschmidt will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        Ultan Killean Wyoming High School

        Teacher is honored from Wyoming High School

        Ultan Killean is a 9th-12th grade teacher at Wyoming High School located in Hamilton County. He was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March.

        Killean is described as a “master of math.” He teaches all levels of students; he is a favorite teacher of his students. He is always willing to stay after school to tutor and help those who might be confused or struggling. He is known to be fair and makes learning fun. Killean makes a difference by presenting lessons in math that will help students as they go through life.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Killean will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Kelly Rinkes Keene Elementary

        Special education educator is recognized

        Kelly Rinkes, a 4th-6th grade special education teacher, was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as the Teacher of the month for the month of March. She represents the Columbus area. Rinkes teaches at Keene Elementary located in the county of Coshocton.

        Rinkes is described as patient and caring. Jerry Olinger, the school principal, says that Rinkes has an outstanding relationship with her students. She challenges them to work hard to achieve their goals. She is a mentor, coach and a teacher leader. She exhibits expertise in meeting the needs of students with an IEP and remains flexible to help whenever she is needed.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Rinkes will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Marilyn Maruna Wayne Elementary

        Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Marilyn Maruna is a second grade teacher from Wayne Elementary located in Wayne County. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March. She represents the Akron-Canton area.

        Maruna is described by Principal Karen Arbogast as an inspiration and model. She is a teacher who is 100% committed to the school district and to the students she teaches. She is also a mentor for entry level teachers. She is described as kind, thoughtful, organized and creative. “Even though she has many years of experience in teaching, she is never satisfied. She is always looking for new ways to challenge each and every student,” says Arbogast.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Maruna will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Davena Baldauf Liberty Elementary School

        Liberty Elementary School teacher is honored

        Davena Baldauf is a 3rd grade teacher at Liberty Elementary School located in Lorain County. She was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of March. She represents the Lorain area.

        Baldauf motivates all of her students to learn to their full potential. Principal Linda Lapp says that Baldauf is creative and caring and that she is able to teach each child to fit their own unique learning style. She provides individual activities along with centers to meet each student’s needs. “She truly knows where her students are academically, their strengths and weaknesses and moves them forward to individual success,” says Lapp.

        Baldauf goes the extra mile for her students, peers and the administration of the school. She is described as, “The teacher that can make anything happen for any child.” Her love of education is both evident and contagious throughout the school building.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Baldauf will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • April 2010 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Gayle Koestner Muraski Elementary School

        First grade teacher is a Teacher of the Month

        Gayle Koestner is a first grade teacher at Muraski Elementary School located in Cuyahoga County. She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of April. She represents the Cleveland area.

        Koestner creates a safe, positive learning environment that allows students to grow and learn. She is said to plan enriching, well organized units that help students flourish in the classroom. Her spirit is contagious and she makes learning for the both parents and students.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Koestner will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Sandra Riordan Spring Hill Elementary School

        Science teacher is a Teacher of the Month

        Sandra Riordan is a science teacher for grades third–fifth at Spring Hill Elementary School located in Greene County. Riordan was recently honored as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of April. She represents the Dayton area.

        Riordan is creative and imaginative when it comes to bringing science to life in the classroom. She believes in creating hands on activities for students to be active learners. Riordan created what is referred to as an amazing science lab. She really entices the children to love science. The overall science scores at the school have steadily increased due to her teaching efforts at all three grade levels.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Riordan will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Dawn Conger Licking Heights South Elementary School

        Third grade teacher is a Teacher of the Month

        —Dawn Conger is a third grade teacher at Licking Heights South Elementary School. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a teacher of the Month for the month of April. She represents the Columbus area.

        Conger is able to motivate students. She shows both compassion and respect to her students. She interacts positively between herself and her students and accepts each individual to meet his or her needs. She is creative and provides a learning environment where each student can succeed. “Mrs. Conger has been the driving force in my son’s successes this year, and her desire to help him succeed has made a huge difference in his enthusiasm for learning,” says Karen Ferrell, a parent from the school.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Conger will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        Toney Dingess Meigs High School

        Teacher of the Month is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Toney Dingess is a band, guitar and vocal teacher at Meigs High School. Dingess was recently acknowledged by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month. He represents the Athens area.

        Dingess is known for pulling together an annual variety show to give opportunities for students to shine. A parent, Mary Gilmore, says that Dingess is an exemplary teacher who inspires and excites student to learn. “His students love him, and he has a wonderful rapport and is never too busy to talk to or spend time addressing a student’s needs. He truly ‘lights them up’ to excel and his students give their all,” says Gilmore. Dingess inspires many students to follow their dream of education, music, business or whatever their heart desires.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Dingess will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Ned Lauver Wooster High School

        Social Studies teacher is a Teacher of the Month

        Ned Lauver is a social studies teacher at Wooster High School located in Wayne County. He was recently acknowledged as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of April. He represents the Akron-Canton area.

        Lauver is described as a “dynamic” teacher who cares about instructing his students. “He has high expectations and lives the motto: Rigor for All. He exemplifies a highly qualified teacher who truly makes a difference in the lives of his students. His class is a model of creativity and critical thinking where students thrive on the new ideas he exposes them to,” says Associate Principal Vicki Turner.

        Lauver is an inspiration to his students, colleagues, community and his family. He created a social studies server space so his department could share info on line and work together to design lesson plans. He developed the school’s AP Government course. He is on the Building Leadership Team and is the head coach of the speech team.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Lauver will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Valerie Groff The Education Center

        North Ridgeville educator is a Teacher of the Month

        Valerie Groff is a kindergarten teacher at The Education Center in Lorain County. She is also certified in SPED. Groff was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of April.

        Groff is a leader who is always implementing new ideas into the classroom. She strives on creating a successful environment for all students. She serves on many committees in the district including the Building Leadership Team. She has a good sense of humor and upbeat attitude that make her approachable to both students and their parents.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Groff will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • May 2010 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        No Entry Received
      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Sandy Thorn Central Middle School

        Announcing a Teacher of the Month...

        Sandy Thorn is a sixth grade Intervention Specialist at Central Middle School located in Greene County. Thorn was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May. She represents the Dayton area.

        Principal Michael Earley says that, “Mrs. Thorn is always very flexible with scheduling and changes in the schedule. She communicates well with fellow staff members and the administrators.” The school has received positive feedback about Thorn and her rapport with children. She strives to build positive relationships with the parents of her students and is always willing to help students during her planning period. She is capable of working well with students regardless of their learning level. She is able to achieve success in teaching with multiple levels.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Thorn will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        Jennifer Rammel Goshen High School

        High school teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Jennifer Rammel is an 11-12th grade teacher at Goshen High School located in Clermont County. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May. She represents the Cincinnati area.

        Rammel is a teacher who is described as caring and supportive. She is a class advisor and is involved with the organization of fundraisers at the school as well as the prom. She attends sporting events to support her students. Rammel also won the Excellence in Education/Educator of the Year Award given by the Goshen Chamber of Commerce.

        “There are many reasons for people to become teachers, but Mrs. Rammel has found the right one, and that is to find your purpose in life. It is evident she was meant to be a teacher because her students respect and learn from her. Her contagious personality makes her class enjoyable,” says student Nathaniel Godby.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Rammel will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Phil Borkow Hamilton Township High School

        Teacher at Hamilton Township High School is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Phil Borkow is a ninth grade teacher at Hamilton Township High School located in Franklin County. He was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of May. Borkow teaches Integrated Science to his students.

        Borkow is described by Principal James Miller as wonderful, incredible and inspirational. He is a department head and a class advisor. “Phil brings so much experience to the classroom, including his work experience at NASA and his work at Ohio State University. Phil is an incredible asset here at Hamilton, not only as a colleague, but to his students as a teacher,” says Miller.

        Borkow’s philosophy is that students learn best when they are taught in multiple styles with an emphasis on “hands-on” exploration. He believes in having demonstrations or lab activities for the students to learn a concept. He brings relevance to the lessons. He also plans field trips to COSI for students to really experience what they learn inside the classroom.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Borkow will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Ann Brunner Northwest Elementary School

        Northwest Elementary School teacher is an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month

        Ann Brunner is a second grade teacher at Northwest Elementary School. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as the Teacher of the Month for the month of May.

        Ms. Brunner goes above and beyond her daily class schedule everyday,” says parent Lori Zito. Brunner is described as a dedicated teacher who teaches her students self respect and respect for others. She teaches students to be leaders and to try their best. Zito says, “Ms. Brunner helped my daughter out of a math slump and helped her become a great reader. Ms. Brunner encourages her to want to come to school on a daily basis.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Brunner will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Paula Corp Maplewood Elementary School

        Maplewood Elementary School teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Paula Corp is a Kdg-4 reading teacher at Maplewood Elementary School located in Trumbull County. Corp was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of May. She represents the Youngstown area.

        Corp has taught at Maplewood Local Schools for 40 years. “She is dedicated to helping students grow by teaching them to read. She is conscientious about details pertaining to each child in her Title One Reading Program. She models courtesy and respect by listening to her student’s concerns, asking about their family and outside interests. She has provided parents with support to increase student academic success,” says Theresa Craiger, a fellow teacher at the school. Corp alters her instruction to meet the needs of the children.

        Corp is dedicated to educating young people in reading and she is involved with programs such as Right to Read, mentoring and tutoring. Craiger says that, “Her time, talents, and dedication will always be admired by those lives she has touched.” She inspires and guides other faculty members, parents and students.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Corp will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Trish Arndt The Education Center

        Teacher of the Month receives recognition

        Trish Arndt is a kindergarten teacher at The Education Center located in Lorain County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of May.

        Arndt cares about her students and the staff in the school district of North Ridgeville. She is a member of the co-teaching team at the center and works very well with the team. She has an upbeat and positive attitude that is contagious to students. Arndt has taught for 36 years. She strives to receive 100% effort from her students.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Arndt will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • September 2010 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Dana Yaro-Linderman Independence Middle School

        Teacher of the Month at Independence Middle School

        Dana Yaro-Linderman is a seventh grade math and reading teacher at Independence Middle School. She was recently named the Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of October.

        Yaro-Linderman is described by a student as compassionate, genuine and the most caring teacher in the world. “She has a unique teaching style that makes every subject matter interesting. She is there for her students that need extra help and always encourages them to try their best. She has a unique way of making every student feel important,” says student Halle Dorko.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Yaro-Linderman will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        Andrea Benner The Knight Academy

        Teacher from The Knight Academy is a Teacher of the Month

        Andrea Benner is a teacher at The Knight Academy located in Lucas County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of September. She represents the Toledo area.

        Benner teaches science to sixth, seventh and eighth graders. She is described as “outstanding.” She was named the “2010 Teacher of the Year” at The Academy. She is best known for her discipline and the structure that she has in her classroom. She has a reputation for preparing students well for high school. She has coached gymnastics for the past eight years. She is hard-working and committed to the mission of the school. Prestigious, caring and dedicated are all words used to describe Benner.

        For being recognized a Teacher of the Month, Benner will receive four tickets to a Toledo Walleye’s game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Al Bianco Xenia High School

        Xenia High School teacher is recognized

        Al Bianco is a physical education teacher at Xenia High School located in Greene County. He was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of September. He represents the Dayton area by receiving this honor.

        Bianco is respected by his colleagues and students. Bianco brought in equipment to scrub down all of the cement flower boxes at the school so that they would look nice for Parent’s Day. He is described as competent and highly responsible as well as willing to go above and beyond his duties.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Bianco will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Erica Porter Tussing Elementary

        Pickerington Local School teacher is named Teacher of the Month

        Erica Porter is a K-4 special education teacher at Tussing Elementary. She is the Teacher of the Month for the month of September and represents the Columbus region in winning this award.

        Porter is described as a dedicated leader at the school. She works to grow the whole child and is professional, patient and puts children first. Rae Ann Dollmatsch, a fellow teacher, says that, “Mrs. Porter demonstrates excellence in the classroom. She understands each student’s individual needs and provides high quality instruction. Her innovative teaching methods are decreasing the achievement gaps of her students.”

        Porter is an Intervention Specialist who works with students who are at-risk learners, as well as those who have disabilities. She is always willing to help parents and other staff members understand their students. She encourages parents to act as advocates for their children.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Porter will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        Sarah Lee Eastern Elementary

        Ohio Lottery acknowledges Teacher of the Month

        Sarah Lee is a talented and gifted teacher for third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades at Eastern Elementary located in Meigs County. She was recently named the Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of September. She represents the Athens area.

        Ms. Lee consistently makes high marks on evaluations. Her lessons are based on student interests and are designed to stretch thinking and reasoning. She continues to challenge herself professionally. She donates her personal time for events and spends her own funds for classroom materials,” says Kim Allen, Director of Gifted Services.

        Lee created a Web site for each school that she works with and in addition to that, she communicates by newsletters, email and phone calls with parents. Students do not even realize that they are being challenged because they strive to please her. She is currently working on a Masters Degree in Education. She is described by Allen as an “excellent educator.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Lee will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        No Entry Received
      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Hope Watkin Nord Middle School

        Nord Middle School teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Hope Watkin is a fifth grade social studies teacher at Nord Middle School located in Lorain County. She is being honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of September.

        Watkin is described as a dynamic teacher. She communicates very well with students, staff, parents and the community. She donates her time after school to help with activities such as basketball and cheerleading. She teaches her students to help in the community as well. She is a wonderful example for her students.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Watkin will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

    • October 2010 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        No Entry Received
      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Karen Schutte Hamilton Elementary

        School librarian is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Karen Schutte is a school librarian at Hamilton Elementary located in Franklin County. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.

        Schutte is a leader in the building and is a teacher who sees every child in the school, therefore, she touches many lives. She is described as dynamic; she also facilitates the special events committee that plans the school-wide activities. She serves on the Reading Improvement Committee and PTO. “She a is powerful source not only within our building, but within our community as well that rarely gets credit for all that she does,” says Principal Ann Marie Carley.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Schutte will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Melissa Arko Parkview Elementary

        Third grade teacher receives award from the Ohio Lottery

        Melissa Arko is a third grade teacher at Parkview Elementary located in Wayne County. She represents the Akron-Canton area. Arko was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October.

        Arko is open and inviting to students with disabilities; she partners with the intervention specialist to help insure that students succeed. She is a leader for Student Council as she acts as an advisor and helps the group choose fundraisers and plan events such as bake sales and clothing drives. Arko was one of the first teachers in the building to apply for Smart Board technologies and tools. She has become a resource for others who are beginning to try the world of technology.

        She is also a community partner in that she arranges the local field trips out of the classroom and also invites people to come and speak of their background and cultures. She teaches leadership skills to children at a young age. She paired up with another teacher to create a team called “Team Zarko” where students use sportsmanship and motivational team concepts to practice achievement and test-taking skills.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Arko will receive four tickets to a Lake Erie Monsters’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Brittany Trapp North Ridgeville Middle School

        Math teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Brittany Trapp is a seventh grade math teacher at North Ridgeville Middle School. She is described as a bright, energetic and an enthusiastic educator. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of October. She represents the Lorain area.

        Trapp is committed to excellence in the classroom. She is a leader both instructionally and professionally. She serves on the Building Leadership Team and District Leader Team. “Brittany’s dedication is unwavering. Her attendance record is impeccable and her work ethic is admirable. She is organized, conscientious and driven by her desire to see students excel,” says Principal Amy Peck. She is an excellent role model and contributes to the success of the educational environment in our society everyday.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Trapp will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

    • November 2010 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Mary Matras Muraski School

        Muraski School teacher is recognized

        Mary Matras is a second grade teacher at Muraski School located in Cuyahoga County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of November. She represents the Cleveland area.

        She is described as a special teacher that desires every child to love learning in her classroom. She is kind and mild mannered. She motivates students to learn subjects like math, science and reading with excitement. She is able to encourage students to grow and develop their self-esteem.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Matras will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Aaron Rex Xenia High School

        Music teacher is acknowledged by the Ohio Lottery

        Aaron Rex is a 9th-12th grade music/band teacher at Xenia High School located in Greene County. Rex was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of November. He represents the Dayton area.

        Rex is a new teacher to Xenia High School who works hard at making his classes educational and interesting. He has revitalized the community of Xenia by making the band half-time shows very entertaining. The students have learned a new march called “The Funk” that is energetic and fun. Rex has the ability to engage those playing in the band as well as the audience.

        For being recognized a Teacher of the Month, Rex will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Krysten Case Hamilton Elementary

        Hamilton Elementary School teacher is honored

        Krysten Case is a second grade teacher from Hamilton Elementary located in Franklin County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of November by the Ohio Lottery.

        Case is described as a silent leader in the school who is a dynamic educator. “Her classroom is full of learners just waiting to find out what crazy thing she will do next to help them grow academically, socially and emotionally. Krysten goes outside of the box and far beyond the call of duty to ensure her students not only learn, but grow. She is a true educator in every sense of the word,” says Principal Ann Marie Carley.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Case will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        Jenny Lang Alexander High School

        Science teacher receives recognition

        Jenny Lang teaches science to 9th grade students at Alexander High School. She has been named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of November.

        Kim Allen, Director of Gifted Services, says that, “Mrs. Lang is a leader in and out of the classroom. She expects excellence from her students and sets the bar just as high for herself. She encourages participation and success in her classroom. She offers help during lunchtime and after school. Her philosophy is to motivate students by teaching through successful educational experiences.”

        Lang is said to be a busy educator; the kind of teacher that is never too busy to attempt to reach all of her students. She is an excellent communicator who utilizes technology to do so. She believes in providing students with hands-on experiences that allow them to view science at its best. She is also the Junior Class Advisor.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Lang will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Kristina Beichler Cornerstone Elementary

        Cornerstone Elementary School teacher receives recognition

        Kristina Beichler is a kindergarten teacher at Cornerstone Elementary located in Wayne County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of November.

        Beichler is referred to as an outstanding teacher who is dedicated to her students. “She fosters learning through her unique instruction and scaffolds her students to realize their maximum potential. Her students are engaged in the classroom and are eager to learn,” says Jenny Gaut, a fellow teacher.

        Beichler stands out among her peers through her creative teaching practices that include hands-on opportunities for her students. She allows students to make connections to their own lives by tapping into their prior knowledge. She is an effective communicator who is innovative in her teaching style and she uses best practices to make a difference with each student in her class.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Beichler will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Ryan Stowell Campbell Elementary

        Teacher from Campbell Elementary is a Teacher of the Month

        Ryan Stowell is a music teacher at Campbell Elementary located in Trumbull County. He was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of November. He represents the Youngstown area.

        “Occasionally, in an administrator’s long career, a few teachers stand out above their peers in intellectual, professional and personal development,” says Dr. Robert M. Walls, principal of Campbell Elementary School. Stowell encourages students to exceed both academically and socially. He is described as an excellent communicator with his peers, students and parents. He is organized and is known to be a team player who demonstrates outstanding teamwork skills in working with others.

        Dr. Walls writes, “On a daily basis Ryan demonstrates technological innovation in his lesson plans and teaching methods based on best practices.” Stowell is described as a great role model and a consummate professional. “Mr. Ryan Stowell is a professional educator with compassion, enthusiasm, intellectual intensity and positive character who is a constructive beacon of hope and inspiration for those who come into contact with him,” said Dr. Walls.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Stowell will receive four tickets to a Lake Erie Monsters’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Susan Hanna Troy Intermediate

        Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery

        Susan Hanna is a fifth grade math/science teacher at Troy Intermediate located in Lorain County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of November.

        Hanna has taught in Avon Lake City School District for over 10 years. She is considered to be an outstanding teacher who shows kindness and a desire for her students to succeed. “She is continuously working with individual students to be sure they understand concepts taught in the classroom. Her creativity and imagination add to the lessons she uses and she is willing to share these ideas with colleagues,” says Kathleen Hermensky, a teacher at Troy Intermediate.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Hanna will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

    • December 2010 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        No Entry Received
      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        Haley Warden Wyoming High School

        Teacher of the Month is named

        Haley Warden is a teacher and basketball coach from Wyoming High School located in Hamilton County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of December.

        Warden has been instrumental in building the basketball program up at the school. She has also been instrumental in developing summer camp programs. She works well with both athletes and their parents. She also teaches Computer Technology at the school. Her role at the school as a teacher and coach are admirable.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Warden will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Cyclones’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Susan Griffiths Hamilton Elementary

        Computer teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Susan Griffiths is a computer teacher at Hamilton Elementary. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

        Griffiths is described as a leader in the building. She educates all 956 students in the course of a week at the elementary school. She creates lessons that are not only fun, but engaging and educational. She works as part of the Box Tops Team who collects and count all of the Box Tops that come in to help purchase school supplies. She also volunteers and helps coordinate a program for those students who forget their lunch money. Griffiths makes sure that there is food to pack lunches and coordinates teachers to pack the lunches before school starts. She is described as a vital part of the school and community.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Griffiths will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        Kelly Pape Southern Elementary School

        Teacher of the Month at Southern Elementary School

        Kelly Pape was recently acknowledged as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December. She is a 5th-6th grade social studies teacher at Southern Elementary School located in Meigs County.

        Pape has been a valued member of Southern Elementary School for 10 years. She is enthusiastic, innovative and genuine. She is flexible and has earned an enviable reputation as an excellent teacher who cares about social studies and people. “Under her leadership as a social studies teacher, the program at Southern Elementary School has benefited. It now includes activities to meet the individual needs of all children,” says Principal Kent Wolfe.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Pape will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Patricia Stone Parkview Elementary

        Teacher of the Month is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Parkview Elementary teacher Patricia Stone was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December. She teaches first grade and is in her 35th year of service at Wooster City Schools. She plans to retire at the end of the year.

        Stone is described as having a love of teaching filled with zest and energy. She finds new ways to partner with other teachers to get interventions for students at risk as well as for those who excel in the classroom. She is open to learning new online technologies to enhance her curriculum. “She facilitates writing skills and independence for her students,” says Principal Julie Frankl.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Stone will receive four tickets to a Lake Erie Monsters’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Carol Filicky Struthers Middle School

        Teacher of the Month is named by the Ohio Lottery

        Carol Filicky is a fifth grade language arts teacher at Struthers Middle School. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of December.

        Filicky is a veteran teacher who goes above and beyond for her students. She is dedicated to professionalism and attends professional development classes/workshops to implement them in her classroom. “The students are actively engaged and challenged through her daily lessons which include literature circles,” says Principal Pete Pirone. She is the chairman of the Building Communication Committee and volunteers for the Building Leadership Team.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Filicky will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        William Davis North Ridgeville Middle School

        Teacher of the Month receives an award

        William Davis is a teacher at North Ridgeville High School. He was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of December. The school is located in Lorain County.

        Davis is a choral director and has been with the North Ridgeville City Schools for the past 34 years. Under his direction the high school choirs have consistently scored superior ratings at district, state, national and international levels.

        Samantha Humm, a student at the school, says that, “He possesses an excellent ability to teach and it is his attitude towards success that makes us the best we can be. You can tell that he really loves what he does. Through his devotion to his profession he teaches us the meaning of what work ethics is all about.” Davis is described as a major influence and inspiration.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Davis will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery and will be featured on the Ohio Lottery Web site.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.Ohiolottery.com.

  • 2009

    • January 2009 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Kathleen Gallagher St. Mark School

        5th grade social studies teacher receives recognition

        Kathleen Gallagher is a teacher at St. Mark School located in Cleveland. She teaches 5th grade social studies and was recently named the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month for the month of January. She is described as an “outstanding educator who brings about high levels of achievement in the classroom.”

        Gallagher has implemented many activities at St. Mark School. She has led the Student Council, helped with a recycling project and organized Arbor Day celebrations. Grandparents Day was started by Gallagher at the school as well. Gallagher has organized a History Day at the school for the past 12 years and has encouraged the community to be involved with the school. She is known by many as imaginative, creative and extremely dedicated to her profession. She was nominated by her principal, Dr. Marilyn Kurnath, who points out that Gallagher reaches out to the community by planning so many activities for the children to participate in and enjoy.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Gallagher will receive four tickets to a Karamu House production, recognition at the event and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        John Koenig St. Anselm School

        St. Anselm School teacher is named Teacher of the Month

        John Koenig is a math teacher (grades 5-8) at St. Anselm School in Chesterland. Koenig was recently named the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month for the month of January. He represents the Akron/Canton area.

        Koenig is described as making a difference in the lives of his students. He takes extra time with students who are accelerated in math by helping them during his lunch hour. He also prepares students for high school entrance exams. He has his own Web site that students can use for extra assistance. Although he has only taught a few years, he is remembered by his students as going above and beyond the call of his profession.

        A parent describes this teacher by saying, “Mr. Koenig is not only well liked by his students, but he has inspired them to do well.” For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Koenig will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Brenda Stafford Midvale Elementary

        4th grade reading and writing educator receives recognition

        —A student from Midvale Elementary in Tuscarawas County recently nominated her teacher, Brenda Stafford, as a Teacher of the Month. “I feel that Mrs. Stafford should be considered for the award because she cares about us, and she is always willing to do extra things in order to help us get a better education. She makes us feel welcome. She treats everyone the same. If you have a question she’s always willing to help find answers,” writes Cody Booth, a student of Stafford’s.

        Stafford currently teaches 4th grade reading and writing and is described by Booth as always smiling and “Christian.” She is described as going above and beyond her duties. She attends extra activities to support the students and the events they participate in at the school. Stafford was recently named the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month for the month of January. She represents the Youngstown area.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Stafford will receive four tickets to a Lake Erie Monster’s game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Deborah Fassett Liberty Elementary

        2nd grade teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery: Teacher of the Month

        Deborah Fassett is a 2nd grade teacher at Liberty Elementary in North Ridgeville. Fassett is the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month for the month of January. She represents the Lorain area. She is described by her principal, Linda Lapp, as professional both in and out of the classroom.

        “She is always going the extra mile for all of her students whether it is in the classroom, on the playground, or at home. She inspires her students to think beyond the typical answers and perform to their absolute best,” says Lapp. Fassett has been honored in the past by the local Parent Teacher Association and has been a recipient of the Martha Holden Jennings Award twice.

        She is a creative educator who teaches each child in their “own unique learning style,” states Lapp. She uses centers in the classroom, leveled academic lessons and individual activities to motivate the children. She loves her career as an educator. She has past experience with both special needs and gifted children.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Fassett will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • February 2009 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        No Entry Received
      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Patrick Marrinan Xenia High School

        Xenia High School teacher receives recognition from Ohio Lottery

        Patrick Marrinan, a social studies teacher at Xenia High School, was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of February. He represents the Dayton area.

        Marrinan is referred to as a “master teacher.” He serves on the School Improvement Committee and is a Varsity Boys Soccer Team coach. He is in charge of the entry level teachers program which helps teachers in their first year of teaching to be successful in the classroom. He has been honored as “Coach of the Year” for the Greater Western Ohio Conference four times. He has also won “Top Academic Accume” for soccer teams throughout the state. Assistant Principal Karol Warden comments that Marrinan makes sure that the athletes are “scholars” first.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Marrinan will receive four tickets to a Dayton Bombers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Kirsten McPeck Keene Elementary

        Teacher of language arts is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Kirsten McPeck recently was acknowledged as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery through its Partners in Education Program. She represents the Columbus area for the month of February.

        McPeck is a fourth-grade teacher at Keene Elementary in Coshocton County. She is described by Principal Jerry Olinger as an outstanding teacher and leader. She is able to work collaboratively with her peers and is said to have “outstanding vision” when it comes to educating the youth of today.

        Principal Olinger says, “I have nominated Mrs. McPeck based on her commitment to excellence for her students everyday. As her principal, I know that when I walk in her classroom I will see students engaged in quality learning activities. She is tireless in searching for different ways to reach all learners.” McPeck is creative and shows talent in finding unique ways to teach her students.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, McPeck will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Ora Strain Hartford Middle School

        Teacher of the Month is named by the Ohio Lottery

        Ora Strain was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of February. She represents the Akron-Canton area.

        Strain is a seventh-grade teacher at Hartford Middle School. She is described by her peers as dedicated and determined to do what is best for her students. “She is a hard worker and is always ready to meet any challenge. She stays after school to help with the after-school athletic program. She is always giving of her time and attention, staying after school to help any students who need her,” says School Counselor, Michelle Gump-Wilson.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Strain will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Dr. James Kotora North Ridgeville Education Center

        Kindergarten music teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Dr. James Kotora was recently named Teacher of the Month for the month of February by the Ohio Lottery. Dr. Kotora currently teaches music to kindergartners at The North Ridgeville Education Center located in Lorain County.

        Dr. Kotora has been a great asset to The North Ridgeville Education Center. He is a leader and is always implementing new ideas to create a successful environment for all students. He is very dedicated and always strives for 100 percent from his students,” says Principal Andrea Vance.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Dr. Kotora will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • March 2009 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Kathy Schilling Central Primary School

        Central Primary School 2nd grade teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Kathy Schilling is a 2nd grade special education teacher at Central Primary School located in Cuyahoga County. She was selected as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of March.

        Schilling has influenced hundreds of special needs students and their families. “Kathy has developed her many academic and people skills as she adapts to the changing face of education in Ohio. Kathy treats each child as a respected individual and scaffolds their learning so they will be successful. Students speak highly of her years after they have left her class,” says Becky Johnson, a literacy specialist at the school.

        Schilling is a leader in her building and volunteers for various committees and activities. Johnson says that, “She brightens our school each day. She is known in the community as a respected, competent and caring teacher. Kathy is deserving of this award.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Schilling will receive four tickets to a Lake Erie Monsters’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Linda Wilson Xenia High School

        Xenia High School teacher is named Teacher of the Month

        Linda Wilson is an English teacher for grades nine through twelve at Xenia High School located in Greene County. She recently was named a Teacher of the Month for the month of March by the Ohio Lottery. Wilson is the English Department Chairperson.

        Linda goes out of her way to challenge all of our students from the bottom to the top,” says assistant principal Karol Warden. Wilson teaches Honor and Advanced Placement courses but also works with struggling freshmen who need intervention. She is a leader and a dedicated teacher. She makes sure that students have the tools they need to pass reading and writing.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Wilson will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Barb Arney Keene Elementary

        Keene Elementary teacher is acknowledged as a Teacher of the Month

        —An elementary school teacher from Keene Elementary was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month. Barb Arney teaches 4th, 5th and 6th grade social studies. She represents the Columbus area for the month of March by receiving this honor.

        Principal Jerry Olinger describes Arney as having the “ability and desire to keep generating different ways for her kids to learn. If students are falling behind in other content areas, Miss Arney takes it upon herself to make time in her daily schedule to help her colleagues get the kids back on pace. She is the teacher in our building to go to when help is needed. Miss Arney is always willing to help her students and colleagues.”

        Arney is said to be a “tremendous asset” to the school as she is able to persist in her teaching. Her students want to please her. The desire for students to learn is there because of the effort that Arney puts forth in the classroom. She is well respected by her peers and is said to be “the most flexible teacher” on the staff.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Arney will receive four tickets to a Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Paula Murphy Young Elementary

        Educator receives recognition from the Ohio Lottery

        Paula Murphy was recently recognized by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month. She represents the Akron-Canton area for the month of March. Murphy teaches 1st grade at Young Elementary in Summit County.

        Murphy was selected to the All County Teaching Team for Summit County this past Fall. She believes in attending one out of school event for each child in her room. She tries to attend the youth games, plays and gymnastic or cheerleading activities that her students participate in on the weekends. She set up a pen pal program between her students and the students at Springfield High School’s Career Based Intervention class.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the month, Murphy will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Thomas Ditzler Avon East Elementary

        Avon East Elementary School teacher receives recognition from the Ohio Lottery

        Thomas Ditzler was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month. He teaches 1st grade at Avon East Elementary located in Lorain County. He is described as an “extraordinary” teacher.

        Ditzler has held his position in the highest regard for 7 years. “There is no one more dedicated to ensuring the success of all his students than Mr. Ditzler. He does this, first and foremost, by making learning fun, and by being here day in and day out and most evenings, too! He loves, encourages and rewards each student individually, recognizing that all children have varying skill levels. In turn, the students strive to do well, to make him proud of them,” says Theresa King, a parent with a child in the classroom.

        Ditzler believes in a strong parent- teacher partnership. He supplies the parents with forms of communication such as weekly newsletters, updated Web site information and invites them to become involved with the work stations inside the classroom. His dedication to the field of teaching makes the world a better place in which to live.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Ditzler will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • April 2009 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        No Entry Received
      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        Julie McCullough Paulding High School

        Paulding High School: Teacher of the Month

        Julie McCullough is a 9-12th-grade teacher at Paulding High School located in Paulding County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of April. She represents the Toledo area.

        Mrs. McCullough is a leader in our Math department,” says Guidance Counselor Karen Schlatter. McCullough tries to include new technology to enhance the learning of her students. Not only does she stand out with curriculum but she also makes her presence known in the support of extracurriculars at the school. She attends events at the school and assists at events when needed. She is known as going above and beyond with community service. She is a leader amongst faculty and strives to make changes to the school for the better.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Herschel (Butch) Bolton Xenia High School

        The Ohio Lottery honors a teacher

        Herschel (Butch) Bolton was recently honored as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month. He is an 11-12th grade Career Based Intervention (CBI) teacher. CBI is an alternative to traditional classroom education at Xenia High School located in Greene County. Bolton represents the Dayton area.

        Assistant Principal Karol Warden says that Bolton helps students who have problems with their grades, attendance and deportment. “He helps them believe in themselves and turn the negatives in their lives into positives. Students become A/B students, come to school and stay out of trouble. Butch knows how to challenge his students for great success,” says Warden. Bolton monitors the student’s work in school as well as at their jobs to make sure they are on task and that they are successful. He has a genuine interest in his students.

        Bolton is making a difference this year at the school in another way. He spearheaded the first all color yearbook to come out in the history of the school. He is in charge of the yearbook and challenged his staff to raise enough money to do an all color yearbook. The 2009 yearbook will appear in all color and because of his hard work is said to be one of the best ever.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Bolton will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Deborah Fyffe Bishop Flaget School

        Kindergarten teacher receives recognition

        Deborah Fyffe is a kindergarten teacher at Bishop Flaget School located in Ross County. She was recently named Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery. She represents the Columbus area for the month of April.

        Mrs. Fyffe is a phenomenal kindergarten teacher. She starts and ends every day with a smile. She creates an atmosphere where students are valued for their creativity and individuality as well as their ability to work together,” says Principal Laura Corcoran. Fyffe is known for making school fun. She is able to bring students to a level of achievement that goes beyond the expectation of many.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Fyffe will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Toriano Jones Hartford Middle School

        Hartford Middle School teacher receives recognition

        Toriano Jones is a teacher at Hartford Middle School located in Stark County. He was recently acknowledged as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of April. He represents the Akron-Canton area. Jones currently teaches 7-8th-grade students.

        Toriano is a very hardworking individual. He gives one hundred percent towards whatever he is doing. He arrives at school early and stays well into the evening. The students respect him and look up to him as a role model,” says School Counselor Michelle Gump-Wilson. Jones coaches several sports at the school and is willing to help with any project. It is obvious to his colleagues that he enjoys his job and the students.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Jones will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Laura Jennings North Ridgeville Education Center

        Kindergarten teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        Laura Jennings is a kindergarten teacher at The North Ridgeville Education Center in Lorain County. Jennings was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of April. She represents the Lorain area.

        Jennings has an upbeat attitude and sense of humor which make her very approachable. “Laura has been a great asset to The North Ridgeville Education Center. She is a leader and is always implementing new ideas to create a successful environment for all students. She is involved in many committees in the district. Laura is a great teacher and friend to students and staff. She is a lifelong learner and strives for the success of all students,” says Principal Andrea Vance.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Jennings will receive four tickets to the Cleveland Playhouse, recognition at the event and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • May 2009 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        No Entry Received
      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        Nicole Kemmer Crissey Elementary

        Teacher of the Month: Award given by the Ohio Lottery

        Nicole Kemmer was recently named Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery. Kemmer teaches 1st grade at Crissey Elementary located in Lucas County. She represents the Toledo area.

        A parent recently asked their child who made an impact on his grade school education and the boy responded, “Mrs. Kemmer.” Kemmer is a teacher who is always willing to meet with parents; she encourages students to excel and believe in themselves. Parent, Mary Beth McMeekan, says that Kemmer “...introduced students to experiments in science, games to learn in spelling and things to make history fun.” Kemmer promotes both self esteem and positive encouragement in the classroom which makes her students love learning.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Kemmer will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Bill Richey Xenia High School

        High school teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        Bill Richey is a Chemistry teacher at Xenia High School. He teaches 9th-12th graders. Richey is an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of May. Richey also teaches Advanced Placement Chemistry and Honors Chemistry.

        Richey does a science camp in the summer for grades 3-8 and also does a Halloween show for all the elementary students. The students from Richey’s high school classes do the presentations. He is in charge of the Chemistry Club and the Renaissance Club. He is described as amazing by Assistant Principal Karol Warden.

        Richey takes 80-100 students to Florida for a week in the summer for science classes. One of the places the students go to is Sea World. Students are known to come back exhausted but excited to learn and discover science. Richey is dynamic and fun. He makes a subject such as chemistry seem not so overwhelming but instead, fun and exciting.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Richey will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Brian Worstell Hartford Middle School

        Hartford Middle School teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        —“Mr. Worstell is a great teacher. He always has a smile for everyone,” says School Counselor Michelle Gump-Wilson. Brian Worstell was recently named a Teacher of the Month (May) by the Ohio Lottery. He is a teacher at Hartford Middle School in Stark County.

        He currently teaches social studies to 7th graders. Worstell works with the youth in the community, and he takes pride in his work. Students have noted that Worstell helps them solve their problems and listens well to them. He explains things in a way that the students can easily understand what is being taught.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Worstell will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Marijo Lendak Struthers Elementary

        Teacher in Mahoning County receives award from the Ohio Lottery

        Marijo Lendak is a 1st grade teacher at Struthers Elementary in Mahoning County. She is described as an excellent teacher who is passionate and loving. Lendak was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month. She represents the Youngstown area.

        “She puts a lot of effort into designing motivating instruction for her students, and maintains high expectations for both behavior and academics,” says fellow teacher, Amanda McNinch.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Lendak will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Tara Greiner The Education Center

        The Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month

        Tara Greiner is a special education kindergarten teacher at The Education Center located in North Ridgeville. Greiner was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the month for the month of May. She represents the Lorain area.

        Greiner is described by Principal Andrea Vance as a “great asset” to the education center. “She is a leader and is always implementing new ideas to create a successful environment for all students,” says Vance. She is a lifelong learner who attends workshops to broaden her horizons in the field of teaching. She has an upbeat attitude which encourages her students to give 100% in the classroom.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Greiner will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • September 2009 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        No Entry Received
      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Susan Neuhart Xenia High School

        School counselor is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        Susan Neuhart of Greene County was recently recognized by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of September. She represents the Dayton area. Neuhart is a counselor at Xenia High School.

        Neuhart helps students and parents alike to be the best and most successful that they can be. She is noted as going above and beyond for her students. She started the Advisor/Advisee Program to help students get adjusted to high school.

        She also started a group called Parent Advisory to contact all parents once a month to keep them informed about happenings at the high school. Neuhart is also an active member of the School Improvement Plan. Neuhart is noted to be an “outstanding counselor” by Assistant Principal, Karol Warden.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Neuhart will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Nicole Braet Scioto Darby Elementary School

        Teacher of the Month is named by the Ohio Lottery

        Nicole Braet is a teacher at Scioto Darby Elementary School located in Franklin County. She was recently honored as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month. She represents the Columbus area.

        Braet is described by a parent as “a credit to her profession.” Last year she taught the children to learn about the use of money and business through her involvement with the 3rd grade “Mini Mall.” Braet is known to be a stable, supportive influence in her students’ lives.

        She is able to show empathy to children of divorced families, sickness and other family issues. The students in her classroom try hard because they seek to please her as an educator.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Braet will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Julie Beckett Kean Elementary School

        Teacher from Kean Elementary School receives recognition

        Julie Beckett is a 2nd grade teacher at Kean Elementary School. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery. She represents the Akron-Canton area.

        “Students in Mrs. Beckett’s class excel. Mrs. Beckett provides learning experiences for her second graders that result in academic advancement. Her use of incentives and positive feedback serve to encourage and motivate the students…” says Principal Peg Butler.

        Beckett is described as “student centered.” Beckett helps with the Veterans’ Day program and leads the Earth Day activities for the school. She is committed professionally to the school district through her volunteer work she did to pilot one of the four reading programs.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Beckett will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Lisa Marie Harrelson North Ridgeville Middle School

        8th grade teacher receives recognition from the Ohio Lottery

        Lisa Marie Harrelson is a teacher at North Ridgeville Middle School located in Lorain County. She has taught at the school since the beginning of the 2001-2002 school year. Harrelson represents the Lorain area.

        She has coordinated spelling bee teams and Power of the Pen teams at the school. “Lisa is a wonderful and skilled instructor in the language arts classroom,” says Principal John Komperda. She has helped to improve the performance of the Special Education students in a significant way. She also has worked to infuse technology into her classroom. Because of the exemplary job Harrelson does in the classroom it is no surprise that she is being honored as a Teacher of the Month.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Lisa Marie Harrelson will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • October 2009 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Michelle Koussa Independence Middle School

        Teacher in Independence receives recognition from the Ohio Lottery

        Michelle Koussa is a 6th grade reading teacher at Independence Middle School. Koussa recently was acknowledged by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October. She represents the Cleveland area by receiving this award.

        Koussa is described as “a motivated, passionate teacher” at the middle school. She volunteers at the school by chaperoning and leading the Student Council organization. A fellow teacher says that, “Mrs. Koussa offers a warm, positive, fun environment for her students, caretakers and guests to learn.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Koussa will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        Adam Renollet Paulding High School

        Paulding High School teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        Adam Renollet is a high school math teacher at Paulding High School. Renollet recently received the award of Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of October. He represents the Toledo area.

        Mr. Renollet has tremendous rapport with students recognizing them for the various activities they participate in and greets them as they walk in the door. He regularly challenges his students in developing good work habits and caring for his fellow man by encouraging and leading students in community service efforts,” says Principal Todd Harmon.

        Renollet is a leader of new technology at the school. According to Harmon, Renollet strives for excellence and demonstrates a capacity to utilize the resources at his disposal for maximum learning outcomes for students.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month Renollet will receive four tickets to a Toledo Walleye’s game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Janet Kindred Shawnee Elementary

        The Ohio Lottery recognizes a 3rd grade teacher

        Janet Kindred is a 3rd grade teacher at Shawnee Elementary located in Greene County. She was recently acknowledged as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October by the Ohio Lottery. She represents the Dayton area.

        Kindred is described as making the district a stronger and more effective district. She has served as the Entry Year Facilitator and has co-chaired the committee that developed the teacher evaluation process. She has been a president of the Xenia Educational Association and is always looking for ways to improve her techniques in the classroom. Her career in education spans for almost 35 years.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Kindred will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Juanita Booker Melrose Elementary School

        The Ohio Lottery honors an educator as Teacher of the Month

        Juanita Booker was recently recognized as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery. She represents the Akron-Canton area. She is a 2nd grade teacher at Melrose Elementary School located in Wayne County.

        According to Dean Frank, the principal at the school, “Juanita Booker demonstrates a well-organized, positive classroom, which makes for a great learning environment. She does an amazing job with students with disabilities or behavior issues. She keeps student interest high by using a variety of teaching strategies such as hands-on activities, good questioning techniques and educational projects.” She is an effective communicator and is highly respected by the parents, teachers and staff that she works with on a daily basis.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Booker will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Carolyn Behr-Jerome Jefferson Area High School

        High school math teacher receives recognition

        Carolyn Behr-Jerome is a 9-12th grade math teacher at Jefferson Area High School. She was recently recognized as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of October. She represents the Youngstown area.

        “Being a high school math teacher requires the ability to elucidate and motivate. Ms. Behr-Jerome excels on both counts. She makes the students understand. She makes sure all students understand. They walk out of her class feeling confident and excited about school. This self-assuredness affects their entire day,” says Danielle Jackson, a learning disabilities tutor at the school. Jackson comments that, “The life of a high school teacher can be complicated these days. Mrs. Behr-Jerome makes it seem like the best job in the world.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Behr-Jerome will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Kelly Bossert North Ridgeville Middle School

        6th grade language teacher is recognized

        Kelly Bossert is a 6th grade teacher at North Ridgeville Middle School. Bossert was recently acknowledged by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of October. She represents the Lorain area.

        Bossert is a member of the district’s Math Leadership Team. She is also involved with digital technology. In fact, she is a leader in technology for the building. She is a member of an instructional team that includes the district’s gifted units. Her approaches in the classroom are innovative and match her students perfectly.

        Her room is said to be busy with possibly the highest level of student engagement in the building. “Kelly designs instruction that motivates students and excites them about learning,” says Principal John Komperda. Parents commented that she has a positive and professional way of dealing with them and their children. She is described by her principal as a self-starter and hardworker, not to mention an outstanding team member. She is never afraid to take on a challenge inside and outside the classroom.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Bossert will receive four tickets to a Lake Erie Monsters’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • November 2009 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Marianne Barry St. Mark Catholic School

        Teacher from St. Mark Catholic School is a Teacher of the Month

        Marianne Barry is a 4th grade teacher at St. Mark Catholic School located in Cuyahoga County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of November. She represents the Cleveland area in receiving this award.

        Principal Dr. Marilyn Kurnath says that Barry shows excellence in her teaching everyday. “She consistently urges students to aspire to higher levels. She helps every child to become tremendous learners and to love learning.” Dr. Kurnath writes that Barry wins the hearts of her students and that she is involved in various committees both at the school and in the community.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the month, Barry will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Sharon Noeth-Miller Tecumseh Elementary

        Technology teacher receives recognition from the Ohio Lottery

        Sharon Noeth-Miller is the Technology teacher at Tecumseh Elementary. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of November. She represents the Dayton area in receiving this award.

        Noeth-Miller is described as committed to assisting her fellow teachers with technology. She puts forth a tremendous effort and is patient and kind with those she works with. She assists new teachers in setting up “Progress Book” and makes sure they all understand the process of grading online.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Noeth-Miller will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Karen Frye Licking Heights South Elementary

        2nd grade teacher receives recognition: Teacher of the Month

        Karen Frye is a 2nd teacher at Licking Heights South Elementary. She recently received the award of Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of November. She represents the Columbus area in receiving this award.

        Frye is described as an “excellent” teacher. She gives all students the encouragement that they can do anything they put their minds to. Her teaching methods are described as “wonderful.” She sees that no child is left behind even if it means bending to help a child out. She invites all parents to become involved with their child’s learning and is open to suggestions and listens to concerns.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the month, Frye will receive four tickets to a Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        Natalie Graves Vinton County Middle School

        6th grade math/science teacher is recognized

        Natalie Graves is a 6th grade teacher at Vinton County Middle School. She teaches math and science. Graves was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of November by the Ohio Lottery. She represents the Athens area.

        Graves has shown great leadership by becoming a member of the District Leadership Team and the Building Leadership Team. She helps to make the school a better place by her involvement with these committees. She has generated ideas that have been put in place to further the success of students. She uses hands on projects and non-linguistic representations to teach her lessons. She motivates students by setting clear expectations for them and having a smile on her face.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Graves will receive four tickets to a Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Despina Vonortas Middle Branch Elementary

        Middle Branch Elementary School teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Despina Vonortas is a 1st grade teacher at Middle Branch Elementary located in Stark County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of November by the Ohio Lottery. She represents the Akron-Canton area.

        Vonortas fosters a love of learning in her classroom. She is able to make a mark on the youth of today with her positive and encouraging disposition. She builds a solid foundation in her students that they carry with them as they proceed into other grades. She is able to teach students to read using various teaching methods. Her love of teaching illuminates onto her students and they in turn, love to learn and be learners.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Vonortas will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Christina Bright North Ridgeville High School

        North Ridgeville High School teacher is an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month

        Christina Bright is a 9th-12th grade teacher at North Ridgeville High School located in Lorain County. She has her Master’s degree in Educational Technology.

        Christina is a teacher who is dedicated to helping her students achieve their goals. She is always looking for ways to improve her teaching techniques and to reach all of her students,” says fellow teacher Jody Yoxthimer. She volunteers time outside of her work day to the students by coaching the tennis team, serving as a class advisor and organizing various fundraising events for the teams at the school along with the prom. She encourages her students to give back to their community and in this way, is a wonderful role model of community service to her students.

        Bright encourages her students to work at their own pace. She helps those who struggle and keeps up with the latest teaching practices through collaboration with her peers and continual training. She has implemented printed and electronic portfolios as a form of evaluation. This enables students to improve their skills while creating a platform to showcase their accomplishments.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Bright will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • December 2009 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Kelsey Davis Independence Middle School

        Independence Middle School teacher is a Teacher of the Month

        Kelsey Davis is a teacher at Independence Middle School. She teaches Family and Consumer Science at the middle school and at the high school. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December. She represents the Cleveland area by receiving this award.

        Davis is a referred to as a teacher, mentor, coach and role model inside and outside of the classroom. “She equips her students with life skills and provides them with opportunities to apply the skills,” says Michelle Koussa, a fellow teacher. Koussa says that Davis’ commitment to the community is “unbelievable.” Her students make blankets for area foster children. Koussa comments that, “She is an outstanding individual and really makes both the middle school and high school a better place. She encourages students to make a difference,” while making a difference herself.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the month, Davis will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Betsy Murray Central Middle School

        Teacher at Central Middle School receives recognition

        Betsy Murray is a teacher at Central Middle School located in Greene County. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December. She represents the Dayton area in receiving this award. She teaches Work and Family classes to 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

        Murray is involved with the “Make-a-Difference” group which is a service learning opportunity for students. She organizes a dance every fall for the Xenia Senior Citizens Center. She works well with her fellow colleagues and is kind and generous. She is active in community service and her church. Her principal, Mike Earley, says that she makes a difference around the school when it comes to both the faculty and student body.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Murray will receive four tickets to a Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        Julie Perry Saint Ursula Academy

        Saint Ursula Academy teacher receives recognition

        Julie Perry is a student at Saint Ursula Academy. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December. She represents the Cincinnati area by receiving this award.

        Perry is a physical education/health teacher. She also coaches volleyball. Perry attends school events in support of her students. Her dedication and hard work make her an asset to Saint Ursula Academy.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Perry will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Care Hill Bishop Flaget Catholic School

        Teacher at Bishop Flaget Catholic School is honored

        Care Hill is a 5th grade teacher at Bishop Flaget Catholic School located in Ross County. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December. She represents the Columbus area in receiving this award.

        Hill is described as a wonderful, caring teacher who goes the extra mile to help her students. “Mrs. Hill strives to make her students enjoy their learning while developing the skills that will carry them far into their future. She encourages her students to take chances, to be great readers and to achieve to the heights of their potential,” says Principal Corcoran.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Hill will receive four tickets to a Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Jeff DeHaan Kean Elementary

        Teacher of the Month receives recognition

        Jeff DeHaan is a teacher at Kean Elementary located in Wayne County. He teaches Physical Education to students in grades kindergarten thru 6. DeHaan was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of December. He represents the Akron-Canton area.

        What makes DeHaan special? “He promotes physical activity for all students making adaptations to equipment when needed and modifications to activities so that all students may participate. Jeff participates in school wide community service projects from the planning to the implementation stages. His collaboration with school staff is commendable,” says Principal Peg Butler.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, DeHaan will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Linda Zbydnowski Wilcox Elementary School

        Teacher of the Month receives recognition

        Linda Zbydnowski is a teacher at Wilcox Elementary School located in North Ridgeville. Zbydnowski is a 5th grade math teacher. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of December. She represents the Lorain area.

        She is said to exemplify what a teaching professional strives for on a daily basis. She truly cares about her students and those she teaches with at school. “She runs her classroom efficiently and effectively, never losing sight of making sure that her students are able to comprehend the skill she is teaching in a variety of ways so she can reach all of her students,” says Principal Mark Millar.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Zbydnowski will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

  • 2008

    • January 2008 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Karen Gainford Roosevelt Elementary School

        Special education teacher is rewarded for extra time and effort Service projects at school lead to Teacher of the Month honor from Ohio Lottery

        —It makes sense for every teacher to be on the same page and for every child to know what to expect. Thanks to Karen Gainford, who teaches second- and third-grade special education, that’s exactly what is happening at Roosevelt Elementary School in Euclid.

        As a member of the discipline committee at Roosevelt, Gainford spearheaded the creation of a DVD that explains the discipline plan, which is applied uniformly school-wide. Gainford then used her summer vacation time to edit and finish the DVD, which outlines expected student behavior and explains discipline procedures.

        For this and her efforts in developing a recycling program at the school, Gainford is being honored as the Ohio Lottery’s January Teacher of the Month for Cuyahoga County. Terrie Dodd, a fourth-grade teacher at the school, nominated Gainford, saying “she deserves to be honored not only for these projects, but because she takes great care to treat all children with respect.”

        Thanks to Gainford’s efforts on the discipline committee, every Roosevelt family has received a copy of the DVD, which is also used to explain the “Roosevelt Rules” to new students at the school. “We hope that by reaching every family, Roosevelt will continue to be a great place to learn and to work,” Dodd says.

        As an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month, Gainford will receive four tickets to an upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers game, where she will be publicly recognized on the court. She will receive a prize pack of Cavaliers’ merchandise and assorted Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        “I’m really honored to be selected,” Gainford says. “All teachers work really hard, and it’s great to be recognized for that. And I love the Cavs, so this is really great!”

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        Bill Young McPherson Middle School

        Seventh-grader’s impassioned letter gains honor for teacher

        —Here, in the words of 13-year-old Brianna Smolter, is exactly why McPherson Middle School’s Bill Young is a great seventh-grade teacher:

        “Mr. Young isn’t your ordinary teacher. He makes us laugh and keeps us out of trouble (as much as is possible with us.) He helps us to understand without making us feel stupid. He actually manages to make school fun. I used to dread getting up in the morning because it meant I would have to go to school. But now I wake up in the morning all ready to go right to my sixth-period Social Studies class! We play a lot of games and have a lot of fun, but at the same time we learn what we need to know. We also learn lessons that are worth more than dates and battles. We learn about giving our all and doing our best. About how lucky we are to have cell phones and computers when kids in other countries live so awfully. It makes us appreciate what we have and be content with our four pages of homework when others only wish they could go to school. …Mr. Young is not just a teacher. He’s a friend, a comedian, a peacemaker and a coach. All in the same classroom.”

        Nobody at the Ohio Lottery can argue with that, and so the Lottery is proud to honor Young as our January Teacher of the Month for the Toledo area. As an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month, Young will receive four tickets to an upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers game, where he will be publicly recognized on the court. He will receive a prize pack of Cavaliers’ merchandise and assorted Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Jessika Gonzalez Craddock Elementary School

        Creativity, patience, respect give Aurora teacher Ohio Lottery honor

        —Being a first-grade teacher is about more than teaching letters and numbers. It’s about helping youngsters understand independence and respect for others. It requires a lot of energy and more patience than sometimes seems humanly possible.

        But Jessika Gonzalez has the knack. She’s a first-grade teacher at Craddock Elementary School in Aurora. According to Tami Mazzella, the school counselor at Craddock, Gonzalez’s students feel “accepted, affirmed and needed in her classroom.” Mazzella adds, “As a counselor, I know how important it is for students to own and experience those feelings.”

        The Ohio Lottery knows that, too, and is proud to honor Gonzalez as the January Teacher of the Month for the Akron-Canton area. As Teacher of the Month, Gonzalez will receive four tickets to an upcoming Lake Erie Monsters game, where she will be publicly recognized. She will receive a prize pack of Monsters’ merchandise and assorted Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        Jessika demonstrates the utmost respect towards the students and always takes the time to be with each one,” Mazzella says. “Even though she follows a routine in her classroom, she allows the students to view change as something to be embraced. She exemplifies excellence in the classroom with motivation, leadership, community service, creativity and imagination, dedication and communication.”

        Gonzalez also likes to sing and incorporates singing into all areas of her first-grade curriculum.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Lisa Newsome McKinsey Elementary

        Teacher makes a difference, is honored by Ohio Lottery

        —Sometimes teachers are taken by a particular student’s situation. Sometimes they can’t help themselves and they get involved in a child’s life in a way that extends far beyond the classroom. Sometimes a special teacher is someone who makes the ultimate difference in that child’s life. That’s why students will never forget them.

        Lisa Newsome is a teacher like that. She’s a fifth-grade teacher at McKinsey Elementary in Ashtabula. Newsome is being honored as the Ohio Lottery’s January Teacher of the Month for the Youngstown area after she was nominated by a mental-health professional who noticed the difference Newsome was making in a client’s life.

        Lisa has taken her own time and money on many different occasions to help this student with basic needs,” reports Alison Shuman. “Lisa saw that much of the student’s problem was very low self-esteem, and so she took this child on her own time and paid for a trip to a salon. She also purchased clothes and other needs for this child, which has greatly improved the quality of life for this student.”

        Newsome also coaches volleyball and serves on various committees within the school district.

        As an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month, Newsome will receive four tickets to an upcoming Lake Erie Monsters game, where she will be publicly recognized. She will receive a prize pack of Monsters’ merchandise and assorted Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Michael Edwards EHOVE Career Center

        Chef is honored as Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery

        Michael Edwards loves to cook. Better yet, he loves to teach others to cook. That’s a great thing for the students at EHOVE (Erie-Huron-Ottawa Vocational Education) Career Center in Milan, where he is the Culinary Arts instructor.

        “Former students frequently return to EHOVE to tell us how well they were prepared for post-secondary training or success in the workplace,” says Mark Ringlein, assistant director at EHOVE. “Chef Edwards is aware of the changing needs of the industry and knows that future success necessitates the need for lifelong learning.”

        As the January Teacher of the Month for the Lorain area, Chef Edwards is also now an honoree of the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education program. Edwards will receive four tickets to an upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers game, where he will be publicly recognized on the court. He will also receive a prize pack of Cavaliers’ merchandise and assorted Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        This is not the first award for Edwards; he has recently been recognized as the National Restaurant Association’s national ProStart Instructor of the Year. He is also active in the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation.

        Chef Edwards’ industry experience combined with his education background has given him a unique perspective into the curriculum needed to prepare students for jobs in the industry,” Ringlein says. “His dedication, enthusiasm and ability to work successfully with a variety of students are evident in many ways.”

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • February 2008 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Robert Kelber Brooklyn High School

        Brooklyn High Media and English teacher is honored by Ohio Lottery

        —One of the qualifications of being honored as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month is effective communications skills. Seems that Robert Kelber, an English and Media teacher at Brooklyn High School, has that part down pat.

        In fact, Patricia Kelly, who teaches with Kelber at Brooklyn, says that in his Senior English class, he “teaches his students to analyze current methods of thinking” and that he brings in the latest developments in technology to his Media classes.

        But communications isn’t Kelber’s only forte. He is also known to be “extremely well-organized” and to be “dedicated to his work.” He also keeps his students enthralled and interested in the material.

        “He is excited about the material he teaches and that excitement comes across to the students in his presentations,” Kelly says. “He keeps the students interested by being fast-paced and having them be actively involved.”

        All these are good reasons to honor Kelber, who is the Ohio Lottery’s February Teacher of the Month for the Cleveland area. As an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month, Kelber will receive four tickets to an upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers game, where he will be publicly recognized. He will receive a prize pack of Cavaliers merchandise and assorted Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        Margrit Richter Frank Elementary

        Second Grade Teacher Receives Recognition by the Ohio Lottery

        Margrit Richter teaches second grade at Frank Elementary in Perrysburg, Oh. She is being recognized by the Ohio Lottery as February’s Teacher of the Month for the Toledo area.

        Richter is proud of her students and inspires confidence in all students. She is described by a parent as “generous with commitment, encouragement, and kindness.” Recently the school had a food drive, Richter personally matched her students’ contributions.

        She is described as “changing lives”. For Richter, teaching is much more than a job; it is a child, a life, a person that is important. She enjoys a hug from a past student and it is not uncommon to see older children lined up outside her room for a hug from a favorite past teacher, Mrs. Richter.

        It is with no surprise that Richter is named the Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month. She will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, a merchandise prize pack from the team, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Dee Campbell St. Albert the Great School

        Humanitarian teaches love and compassion for others
        Ohio Lottery honors elementary teacher for classroom and community work

        —Eight-year-old Tina Goodwill is picking up so much more than reading and writing in the second grade at St. Albert the Great School in Dayton. That’s why she nominated her teacher, Dee Campbell, for the Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month award.

        “She teaches seven- and eight-year-old children to not only spell, read, write, add and subtract but also to love one another and make a positive contribution to our beautiful world,” Tina wrote in her nomination. Tina’s mom, Deb Goodwill, added “As a Mom, I feel so fortunate that my daughter is being taught by such a dynamite teacher.”

        Thusly, Campbell is being honored by the Ohio Lottery as its February Teacher of the Month for the Dayton area. As an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month, Campbell will receive four tickets to an upcoming Dayton Bombers game, where she will be publicly recognized. She will receive a prize pack of Bombers’ merchandise and assorted Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        Campbell likes to present herself as a positive role model for her second graders at St. Albert the Great – she organizes an annual fundraiser with her class and sends the money to a charitable organization. This year, the money from the project went to the African Mission to help other children in their lives and education. “In a world where many people are suffering, Mrs. Campbell teaches her students to reach out to the community, to get involved and to make a difference.”

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        No Entry Received
      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Susan Monticelli Claymont High School

        English Teacher; Yearbook Moderator is Recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        Susan Monticelli, a teacher at Claymont High School, recently was named the Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month. Monticelli teaches English to 9th graders and 12th graders. She also is the Yearbook Moderator at the high school in which she oversees the yearbook from start to finish.

        She is both creative and energetic. She spends time with senior English students as they prepare for scholarship essays and complete college applications. “She expects and wants each student to succeed after high school, in spite of their background and current station in life,” says Guidance Counselor Pamela Schram.

        Monticelli is described as being able to make a connection with the student that is impossible to get close to. “The most difficult, most wayward, most challenging student could make progress and feel connected in Mrs. Monticelli’s classrooms. She is willing to give up her planning period and her lunch period to help them, and they know it,” says Shram.

        Monticelli represents the Youngstown area as Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery. For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Monticelli will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, a merchandise prize pack from the team, and an assortment of Lottery Partners in Education merchandise.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        James Brandenburg North Ridgeville Middle School

        Eighth Grade Science Teacher is Honored by The Ohio Lottery

        James Brandenburg received the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month award recently. Brandenburg has taught for 24 years and the majority of these years have been teaching science to middle school students. He currently is teaching at North Ridgeville Middle School. He represents the Lorain area as a recipient of this award.

        Brandenburg is also known for his work with technology. He has gone far above any expectation for a teacher when it comes to technology. He has trained groups of students on the use of distance learning equipment and has led the teachers in extending the use of IVDL equipment to in-house video productions.

        He has worked with groups from PTA, the SMART Consortium to Best Buy to find grant monies to support both technology and science. Jim is described by a colleague as “a person of the highest personal and professional standards.”

        He was responsible for getting a group of his colleagues involved in Project Montserrat. He dedicated much of his personal time outside of the classroom to this and was a major advocate for the use of Interactive White Boards as an instructional tool. The school now has White Boards in all classrooms due, in large, to the efforts of Brandenburg and his willingness to train and guide others in using them.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Brandenburg will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, a merchandise prize pack from the team, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • March 2008 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        David Opdycke Rocky River Middle School

        Rocky River Science Teacher Receives Recognition from the Lottery

        David Opdycke, a 16 year veteran teacher at Rocky River Middle School, was recently named Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month. Opdycke represents the Cleveland area. Opdycke exemplifies excellence in the classroom, motivates students, and illuminates creativity and imagination in the classroom.

        Opdycke is described by Dr. David Root, his Principal, as deserving of this award. “He has provided leadership for his team by developing curriculum maps, planning intervention strategies for the State tests, and has been instrumental in writing new curriculum in science and math for the school,” says Root. Opdycke was also instrumental in the use of an online homework communication program presently used by all teachers. He is dedicated to teaching with “excellent attendance”. Root points out that he has developed academic programs for at risk students.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Opdycke will receive four tickets to a Gladiators’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Kim Richards Cardinal Middle School

        Art Teacher is Recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        Kim Richards teaches Art to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Cardinal Middle School in Geauga County. Richards is the recipient of the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month Award for the month of March. Richards represents the Akron/Canton area.

        Richards is described by Melisa Cardinal (Reading Teacher) as “an excellent motivator to her students.” She makes herself available to students outside of the classroom. In the past she has helped with the establishment of “Power Place”, a place where students can receive extra help in any subject. Richards was honored as a National Board Certified Teacher in Art. She has been acknowledged by the Board of Education as a “Teacher of the Year”.

        It is with no surprise that Richards was named Teacher Of The Month by the Ohio Lottery. For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Richards will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, a merchandise prize pack from the team, recognition at the event, and an assortment of Ohio Lottery Partners in Education merchandise.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Mary Jo Ugolini Campbell Elementary School

        Second Grade Teacher is Honored by the Lottery

        Dr. Robert Walls, principal at Campbell Elementary School, says that Mary Jo Ugolini, a second grade teacher, “consistently advances her students to higher levels of academic achievement on a daily basis using dynamic, tactile, and scientifically researched curriculum lessons based upon state standards and benchmarks.”

        Ugolini serves on grade level team and various school committees. She is organized and timely in her completion of assignments. She is described as a “tremendous team player” who demonstrates outstanding teamwork skills in working with others. She is a good role model for students, staff, her peers, and the general public.

        Dr. Walls says that Ugolini “is a professional staff member with compassion, enthusiasm, intellectual intensity and positive character.” She is described as a beacon of hope and inspiration for those who come into contact with her.

        It is with no surprise that Ugolini is the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month for the month of March. Ugolini represents the Youngstown area. For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, she will receive tickets to a Lake Erie Monsters game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Sue Wilhelmy North Ridgeville Education Center

        North Ridgeville Teacher is Honored by The Ohio Lottery

        Sue Wilhelmy is a Kindergarten teacher at North Ridgeville Education Center. Wilhelmy recently was honored by The Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of March. Wilhelmy represents the Lorain area.

        Wilhelmy consistently advances her students to higher levels of achievement through well planned and creative lessons. “She plans learning experiences that allow all students to access the curriculum and make meaning. She then provides feedback that guides students to mastery,” says James Powell, School Principal.

        She comes to work early and stays late each night. She is willing to work with parents and other staff to solve any issue to best meet the needs of her students. Wilhelmy is described by Powell as “one of those outstanding, dedicated, and professional educators that constantly make a difference in the lives of our students.” The staff in her building are very proud of her efforts.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Wilhelmy will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, merchandise from the team, recognition at the event, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • April 2008 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Sharlene Hopkins St. Patrick School

        40 Year Veteran Teacher is Recognized by The Ohio Lottery

        Sharlene Hopkins has dedicated herself to St. Patrick School, located in Cleveland, Ohio, for 40 years. Hopkins is a 7-8 grade Social Studies and Art teacher. She is described as “an asset not only in her classroom but throughout the school’s community.” “She goes above and beyond the call of duty because she truly cares,” says Principal Mrs. Annemarie Rajnicek.

        It is not surprising for Hopkins to have a visit from a past student, she certainly has impacted many students in 40 years. Hopkins has developed a “Young Lawyer’s Club” in which she helps students understand the legal system and its process. She also helps out with homework in the aftercare program. She is does “extraordinary” things to contribute to the school.

        It is not surprising that Hopkins was recently honored by The Ohio Lottery as this month’s Teacher of the Month. She represents the Cleveland area as a recipient of the award. For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Hopkins will receive four tickets to the Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team, and Partners in Education merchandise from The Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        Debbie Gallagher Walbridge Elementary

        Kindergarten Teacher is Recognized by The Ohio Lottery

        Debbie Gallagher is a Kindergarten Teacher at Walbridge Elementary. She is described by a parent as “dynamic.” Gallagher is known for her communication skills and ability to meet individual needs so that students can reach their fullest potential.

        Gallagher is well respected by both parents and the school community. She has worked as a teacher over 30 years. She is also a Safety-City Teacher for students entering Kindergarten. She celebrates a Student of the Month program in her classroom. “She sets the standards high for other teachers to follow. Once a student is touched by her kindness, you can only want to keep her in your life,” says parent, Sandy Wiley-Steward.

        Gallagher is the recipient of the Teacher of the Month award given by The Ohio Lottery. She represents the month of April for North West Ohio. Gallagher will receive four tickets to a Toledo Mud Hens’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        Steve Darby North Adams High School/Middle School

        School Counselor Receives Recognition from The Ohio Lottery

        Steve Darby is a School Counselor at North Adams High School/Middle School. Darby is described by a parent as “a man above most.” “Mr. Darby has a passion for children and tries hard to make their lives a little better than they had been,” says Elizabeth Zelenski, a school parent.

        Darby has a love and concern for children. He keeps a wonderful spirit and supports the students he works with through whatever trials may come their way. He is described as a “wonderful” man, mentor, and friend to many.

        Darby is being recognized as The Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month for the month of April. He represents the Greater Cincinnati area. Darby will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from The Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Chad Reeser London Elementary

        Fifth Grade Teacher is Recognized by The Ohio Lottery

        Chad Reeser is a fifth grade teacher at London Elementary. Reeser is described by a fellow teacher, Julie Thompson, as “a teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty.” Reeser serves on numerous committees and is the grade level team leader. Reeser attends professional development to learn the latest in education and is finishing his Master’s Degree as well.

        Reeser is described by Thompson as “an amazing teacher. He is a wonderful example for all students and is an inspiration for all who have the privilege of working with him. He is truly deserving of this award.” Reeser is The Teacher of the Month for The Ohio Lottery, and he represents the Central Ohio area.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Reeser will receive four tickets to attend a Columbus Destroyers’ game, merchandise from the team, recognition at the event, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from The Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Deb Herold Madge Youtz Elementary

        4th Grade Teacher is Honored by The Ohio Lottery

        Deb Herold is a 4th grade teacher at Madge Youtz Elementary. Herold was recently named Teacher of the Month by The Ohio Lottery. Herold represents the Akron/Canton area.

        Herold “believes that every student deserves a chance to become a better person and that every year is a new opportunity to prove that they can do better,” says Lisa Crumbley a fellow coworker of Herold. She is dedicated to the success of her students, the staff, and school community. She expects hard work and improvement from her students. She is able to draw skills and talents from difficult students that others cannot uncover.

        Herold is passionate about her career and her students’ success. It is no surprise that Herold is the Teacher of the Month for The Ohio Lottery. She will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from The Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Phil Atsas Campbell Elementary School

        Campbell Elementary School Teacher Is Recognized by The Ohio Lottery

        Phil Atsas is a Physical Education Teacher at Campbell Elementary School. Atsas recently was named Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of April. Atsas represents the Youngstown area.

        Mr. Atsas consistently advances his students to higher levels of physical achievement on a daily basis using dynamic, tactile, and scientifically researched curriculum lessons based upon state standards and benchmarks,” says Dr. Robert Walls, the Principal at Campbell Elementary School.

        Atsas is described as an “excellent communicator.” Atsas also coaches the summer soccer team and is a teacher leader on the special level team. He is a team player who demonstrates excellent teamwork skills when he works with others.

        His approach is systematic, and he is a good role model for his students, staff, general public, and his peers. Walls writes that Atsas, “is a professional staff member with compassion, enthusiasm, intellectual intensity, and positive character who is a constructive beacon of hope and inspiration for those who come into contact with him.”

        Atsas will receive four tickets to an Akron Aeros’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Georgann Blair North Ridgeville Middle and High School

        Art Teacher Is Recognized by The Ohio Lottery

        Georgann Blair is a teacher At North Ridgeville Middle and High School. For the last fourteen years, she has been an extremely dedicated visual art educator. She recently earned the Ohio Art Education Association Secondary Division Award. She has also successfully mentored four of the district’s incoming teachers. She is an active member of the High School’s Universal Design for Learning Team.

        Blair is flexible and is constantly looking for new ideas for grants to help fund her projects in the art classroom. “Georgann’s interest in students goes beyond the classroom. She has been the co director of the Drama Club, volunteer advisor for the ninth grade Academic Challenge Team, and has established and maintained a chapter of Ohio Future Educators of America,” says Principal Patricia Bahr.

        Blair was recently recognized as April’s Teacher of the Month. She represents the Lorain area. Blair will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from The Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • May 2008 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        No Entry Received
      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Candace Hundley Dixie Middle School

        Language Arts Teacher Is Recognized By The Ohio Lottery

        Candace Hundley is a 7th and 8th grade Language Arts Intervention Specialist at Dixie Middle School located in Montgomery County. Hundley recently was named the Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of May. Hundley represents the Dayton area.

        Hundley is described as having a “positive, upbeat attitude.” She creates “dynamic” learning experiences for her students. Her students created a monthly school newsletter which was written, edited, printed and sold entirely by her special education students. The students at the school await the new monthly publications.

        Mrs. Hundley’s accomplishments go beyond the academic learning that directly takes place in her classroom. Being an effective communicator, Mrs. Hundley has established great rapport with her students. Her contagious enthusiasm has encouraged many of her middle school students to move outside of their comfort zone and try new experiences,” says Tammy Broughton (fellow teacher).

        Hundley is described as a motivator and a leader. She has a positive reflection on the overall school environment. “Her quest for knowledge and best teaching practice fuels her desire to continually seek out new opportunities for professional development,” says Broughton. Hundley is involved in the community where she teaches and resides. She attends courses to further enhance her teaching repertoire.

        Hundley will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Reds’ game, merchandise from the team, recognition at the event, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Barbara Hogan Homer Nash Kimball Elementary

        Kindergarten Teacher Receives Recognition From The Ohio Lottery

        Barbara Hogan is being recognized as the Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery through its Partners in Education Program. Hogan teaches Kindergarten at Homer Nash Kimball Elementary.

        Hogan is described as portraying excellence in the classroom and in her leadership in the school. “Mrs. Hogan combines a love of learning, depth of knowledge, teaching talent, and incredible organizational skills. These add up to one fantastic classroom,” says Shannon Kriegmont, Literacy Specialist.

        Hogan participates in many professional committees, takes courses to fine-tune her teaching methods, and is technologically savvy. She is willing to work with others to integrate technology into their practice. Hogan’s students are described by Kriegmont as going above and beyond the masters of Kindergarten. They are learning words and sentences. “Mrs. Hogan has high expectations for herself and her students,” says Kriegmont. This makes a sure recipe for success in the classroom and as a professional in the teaching field.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Hogan will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Annette Tovarnak Campbell Elementary

        4th Grade Teacher is the Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month

        —“Mrs. Tovarnak has the ability on a daily basis to motivate, challenge and encourage her students to advance past their academic and social expectations to meet all goals set for her students. She is a tremendous team player,” says Principal Robert Walls.

        Annette Tovarnak teaches 4th grade at Campbell Elementary. Tovarnak is the Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery for the month of May. She represents the Youngstown area.

        Tovarnak is a teacher leader on the 4th grade level team and is co-leader of the Drama Club. She encourages students to advance past their academic and social expectations and to meet all the goals that are set for them. She is an effective communicator with students, staff and parents.

        For being recognized as the Teacher of the Month, Tovarnak will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Elizabeth Fleming Early Childhood Learning Center

        Early Childhood Learning Center Teacher: Teacher of the Month

        Elizabeth Fleming is a Pre-K teacher at the Early Childhood Learning Center in North Ridgeville. She is described as an excellent teacher and a positive and hard working staff member. “She embraces all of her students and creates a community of friends within her classroom where all friends treat each other as friends should. She uses ongoing formative assessment and facilitates the learning of her students by helping them to construct and make meaning from their classroom, school and life experiences,” says School Principal Christine Palumbo.

        Fleming was recently recognized as the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month for the month of May. She represents the Lorain area. For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Fleming will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Indians’ game, merchandise from the team, recognition at the event, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the team.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • June 2008 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        No Entry Received
      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        No Entry Received
      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Linda Vratkovich Campbell Elementary School

        4th Grade Teacher Receives Recognition from the Ohio Lottery

        Linda Vratkovich is a 4th grade teacher at Campbell Elementary School. She was nominated by Dr. Robert Walls, principal of Campbell Elementary School for the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month Award. Vratkovich is the recipient of the Teacher of the Month Award (for the month of June) given by the Ohio Lottery. She represents the Youngstown area.

        Vratkovich serves on the school’s After School Intervention team and is a teacher leader for Science at the 4th grade level. “She is extremely systematic in her approach to conquering intellectual and personal challenges, immensely adept at research and planning to overcome any and all obstacles that relate to assuring her students have high expectations both personally and educationally,” says Walls.

        Vratkovich is a Martha Holden Jennings grant recipient and has been recognized as a Top 10 Elementary Science Educator in North East Ohio just last year. “She is a professional staff member with compassion, enthusiasm, intellectual intensity and positive character who is a constructive beacon of hope and inspiration for those who come into contact with her,” writes Walls. She is described by Walls as a “tremendous team player” who demonstrates outstanding teamwork skills.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Vratkovich will receive four tickets to a Mahoning Valley Scrappers game. In addition she will receive recognition at the event, team merchandise and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        No Entry Received
    • September 2008 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        No Entry Received
      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Nathan Warner Trotwood Madison Middle School

        Trotwood Madison Middle School Teacher is honored by Ohio Lottery

        Nathan Warner is being honored by the Ohio Lottery as Teacher of the Month for the month of September. Warner represents the Dayton area. Warner teaches 6th and 8th grade Language Arts at Trotwood Madison Middle School.

        Warner’s ability to connect with students whom others find unreachable separates him from his peers when it comes to teaching. Warner also works as a Mentor Coordinator in a school based Mentoring Program. He is able to take students with a “who cares” attitude to an “I care” attitude because of the way he connects to them through both his lessons taught and his relationship with them.

        He approaches each student individually and is able to help a student gain passion for their academic future. “Good knowledge of the subject, great erudition, and knowledge of children’s psychology make him an outstanding teacher,” says Patricia Stewart, Director of the Mentoring Program.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Warner will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game along with merchandise from the team. He will also receive Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        No Entry Received
      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Thomas Hermensky Walter G. Nord Middle School

        Veteran Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Thomas Hermensky is a 5th grade Science teacher at Walter G. Nord Middle School. He has taught for twelve years and is the recipient of the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month award for the month of September. Hermensky represents the Lorain area.

        Hermensky is described as a “positive role model” for students. “His approach in teaching is a blend of multimedia, textbooks, supplemental resources, computers, and challenging games of inquiry. His classroom comes alive with the daily enthusiasm of his students,” says Barry Kaufman, a Para-Professional who works with Hermensky.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Hermensky will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, merchandise from the team, recognition at the event and Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • October 2008 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Michelle McLaughlin St. Mark Catholic School

        Mathematics teacher receives recognition: Teacher of the Month Award

        Michelle McLaughlin is a teacher who shows constant dedication to the students entrusted in her care. She is a Math teacher in grades 6, 7 and 8 at St. Mark Catholic School in Cleveland. She is described by her school principal, Dr. Marilyn Kurnath, as “fantastic!”

        McLaughlin is a technology director at the school, and she is able to troubleshoot any technical problem that comes her way. She is the teacher editor of the school newspaper. McLaughlin also mentors groups to compete in both the Classroom of Champions at St. Edward High School and other math competitions.

        McLaughlin constructed the Web site for the school which may be viewed at www.stmarkwestpark.com. This has been a wonderful avenue for both parents and teachers to communicate about school events and education. McLaughlin also conducts seminars in computer training for fellow staff members to learn software programs such as EZ Grade Pro and Excel.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, McLaughlin will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        Ann Hale Maumee High School

        12th grade teacher is named Teacher of the Month

        Ann Hale is a teacher at Maumee High School. She also works at Penta Career Center. Hale was nominated by the school principal of Maumee High School for the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month award. The 12th grade Marketing teacher is the recipient of this special award for the month of October. She represents the Toledo area.

        Hale is described by her school principal, Larry Caffro, as having “an extraordinary ability to relate to students and to motivate them into performing community oriented learning experiences.” Her marketing classes are described as vocational in nature but are requested by many students. The projects that come out of this class are so good that many of the partners actually incorporate the recommendations from Maumee’s students into their every day operations.

        Hale’s classes also operate a book store, regulate parking and selling of parking passes, conduct fundraisers, volunteer in the community and work on safety related projects. Hale oversees many projects. She coordinates and evaluates the students in the job that they must have as a part of the program. She is a member of SAIL, the Maumee drug prevention board.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Hale will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Ben Trumbull Mills Lawn Elementary School

        Mills Lawn Elementary School Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Ben Trumbull was recently named Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of October. He represents the Dayton area. He teaches 5th grade at Mills Lawn Elementary School in Greene County. Trumbull has been with the school for 10+ years.

        Trumbull is set aside from other teachers because of his ability to bring harmony to the staff and his ability to help run conducive meetings where fellow staff members feel heard and respected. He is also set aside from other professionals because of his skill and knowledge in technology. He has helped the school become “tech ready” and is confident in doing so. He is a skilled mediator who is able to bring harmony amongst his passionate colleagues.

        Trumbull is described by his principal, Christine Hatton, as “a master teacher, great friend and school leader.” For being named a Teacher of the Month, Trumbull will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        Melissa Vandeventer Riverside Academy

        Riverside Academy teacher is named Teacher of the Month

        Melissa Vandeventer was recently recognized by the Ohio Lottery as October’s Teacher of the Month. She represents the Cincinnati area. Vandeventer is a 2nd grade teacher at Riverside Academy in Hamilton County.

        Vandeventer is referred to as “lighting a fire” in students minds and hearts. She has passion, determination and a belief that all children are able to learn. She is a valuable member of the instructional team and is able to mentor, coach and praise students. She works collaboratively with members of the administrative team. She recently completed coursework to earn a Masters’s Degree.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Vandeventer will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Amanda Mickey Bishop Flaget Catholic School

        Math teacher is named Teacher of the Month

        Amanda Mickey is a Mathematics teacher at Bishop Flaget Catholic School located in Ross County. Mickey was recently named October’s Teacher of the Month. She represents the Columbus area.

        Mickey creates individualized instruction for her students and works hard to make sure that all students are able to meet the academic standard of Bishop Flaget School. She makes Math fun and exciting. She has instituted a “Pi Day” for the students to give them a fun way to celebrate the foundations of mathematics. She uses the SmartBoard and other technology to present information in a way to reach each student. Mickey is a Student Council Advisor and is described as “an asset to the school community and a team player.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Mickey will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        Tammy Jones Westview Elementary School

        4th grade Reading teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Tammy Jones was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery. Tammy is a 15th year 4th grade Reading teacher at Westview Elementary School located in the Jackson City School District. Jones was a Teacher of the Month for the month of October; she represents the Athens area.

        Jones is described by her principal, Debbie Biggs, as deserving of this award. “During the 2007-2008 school year, her 78 students scored 94.5% passage on the Ohio Achievement test in reading. This compares to the state average of 81.1% passage. Her instruction, lessons and high expectations engage student participation and motivation,” says Biggs. She encourages students to read and investigate subject matter and asks them to orally report on their findings to their peers.

        Jones is a lead staff instructor of item analysis of state test data for the district. She is a lead individual in the most successful school recycling program in three county areas: Westview’s recycling program. She has served as PTO treasurer, chaired the Fall Carnival and has been chairman of the booth at the local county Apple festival for the school. The organized the Christmas program as well as staff outings that take place throughout the year. She truly is most deserving of this award; congratulations, Tammy!

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Jones will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Heidi Flohr Hartford Middle School

        Special Education Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Heidi Flohr is a 7th and 8th grade Special Education teacher at Hartford Middle School. She is an educator who gives 110% when it comes to her job. Flohr recently received the honor of being named Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of October. She represents the Akron-Canton area.

        Flohr is described as “an advocate” for the school’s special needs students. She takes students on field trips when there is little or no money. She makes her students feel that they can succeed and they do because of her perseverance. Flohr was the head of the school’s Intervention Assistance Team and has assisted as the head of the Special Education Department; neither of which were paid positions.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Flohr will receive four tickets to a Lake Erie Monsters’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Justine Beshara Campbell Elementary

        Campbell Elementary teacher receives recognition from the Ohio Lottery

        Justine Beshara was recently named October’s Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery. Beshara represents the Youngstown area. Beshara teaches 4th grade at Campbell Elementary in Mahoning County. She is described by her principal, Dr. Robert Walls, as “a professional staff member with compassion, enthusiasm, intellectual intensity and positive character. She is a constructive beacon of hope and inspiration for those who come into contact with her.”

        Walls comments that Beshara stands above her peers in “intellectual, professional and personal development.” She has the ability to motivate students on a daily basis and is able to advance students to higher levels of achievement. She is a grade level Math leader and Math coach. She participates in the After School Intervention Team. She has outstanding teamwork skills which makes it easy for her to work with other staff members. She is a role model for her peers and her students.

        Beshara will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery for being recognized as a Teacher of the Month.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Donna Palmer Walter G. Nord Middle School

        Physical Education and Health teacher receives an award

        Donna Palmer teaches both Health classes and Physical Education to the entire student body at Walter G. Nord Middle School. “Her teaching style promotes a very positive environment that encourages each and every student,” says Barry Kaufman, a Paraprofessional at the school. Palmer was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of October. She represents the Lorain area.

        Students who cannot participate in gym due to injuries are utilized as her class helpers. They may keep score, time or perform any task needed to help out. Every student plays a role in the class and is important. She maintains contact with teachers, school specialists and parents in regards to student needs and concerns. “Every child in her classroom is constantly encouraged to do their very best,” says Kaufman.

        Palmer demonstrates great planning and organizational skills both in and out of the classroom. She is an integral part of the events and professional development at Nord. She organizes a field day annually. Each year her students also raise money for Hoops for Hearts.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Palmer will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • November 2008 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Doug McKnight New Day Academy

        Teacher at New Day Academy is recognized

        Doug McKnight is a 1st year teacher at New Day Academy in Euclid. He is currently teaching six courses to 7th thru 12th graders. He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month for the month of November. He represents the Cleveland area.

        McKnight comes to work ready to teach Science and brings all the refreshing ideas a new teacher can bring to a staff. He is described by a fellow colleague as “honest, loyal and smart.” He is said to be a wonderful addition to the staff at New Day Academy.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, McKnight will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Joy Wolfel Bishop Fenwick School

        Joy Wolfel is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        Joy Wolfel was recently recognized as the Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery. She is a director of the preschool and kindergarten programs at Bishop Fenwick School located in Muskingum County.

        Wolfel is described as being organized and having great communication skills. A parent comments that Wolfel “begins by setting very high standards for her students; she continues by giving them the love, encouragement and academic tools to accomplish these standards. The children want to work hard for her and for themselves.” She teaches in a very creative, hands-on manner.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Wolfel will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        Patricia Clark Fairland West Elementary

        Fairland West Elementary Teacher Receives Recognition

        Patricia Clark is a 3rd grade teacher at Fairland West Elementary in Lawrence County. She was recently named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month for the month of November. Clark represents the Athens area.

        Clark just began her 31st year of teaching. She started her teaching career as a special education teacher. She tries to help children succeed and become independent, responsible individuals. Clark does a personal narrative journal with the students in her classroom. It takes a great deal of time to edit and read the narratives, but Clark sees it’s worth as the children become creative writers right in her midst.

        She also uses a reward system in the classroom for good grades and behavior in which students earn play money to purchase items from the “classroom store.” This enhances the students’ counting and money skills along with the importance of working hard.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Clark will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Judy Montelione Parkview Elementary

        Parkview Elementary educator receives an award

        Judy Montelione is a 5th and 6th grade Special Education teacher at Parkview Elementary in Wayne County. She was recently named the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the month for the month of November. She represents the Akron/Canton area.

        Montelione is a role model in many ways for the young and developing intermediate students. She is an intervention specialist. “She provides opportunities for students to build their functional/life economic skills by coaching them as they ‘work’ at our school store, which stocks and inventories,” says Principal Julie Frankl.

        Montelione is the assistant student council advisor, and she also attended a summer Positive Behavior Support Conference. She is working towards developing a school wide plan with a committee. She is described by Frankl as an example of the power of giving yourself to children and to the Parkview Community.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Montelione will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Kriss Yeager Western Reserve Middle School

        Social Studies teacher receives honor of Teacher of the Month

        Kriss Yeager is a 5th and 6th grade Social Studies teacher at Western Reserve Middle School in Mahoning County. She is the Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery for the month of November. She represents the Youngstown area.

        Mrs. Yeager embodies excellence in all she does in the school and community. She challenges her students to meet and exceed their abilities through creative classroom activities,” says Debbie Farelli, the school Principal. According to Farelli, she has proven herself as an excellent leader and role model.

        Yeager provides positive opportunities for her students. She is also the sponsor of the high school drama club. She is a mentor to high school students. Another accomplishment of Yeager’s is her participation in the Upward Basketball Program for elementary students.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Yeager will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, merchandise from the team, recognition at the event and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Mary Taylor EHOVE Career Center

        11th and 12th grade English teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        Mary Taylor is an 11th and 12th grade English teacher at EHOVE Career Center in Erie County. She was recently named the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month for the month of November. She represents the Lorain area.

        Taylor is described as very student oriented based on her efforts to communicate with her students and their parents. She pays attention to her students’ special needs and makes every effort to ensure success in the classroom. She “makes every effort to improve her teaching ability as well as to enhance the learning of her students. She does this consistently by learning new techniques and strategies through her consistent attendance at professional development opportunities,” says Joyce Brouman, assistant director. Taylor takes the training back into the classroom and implements it.

        Taylor offers a challenging and interesting learning environment by using various teaching techniques within the classroom. For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, she will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, merchandise from the team, recognition at the event and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • December 2008 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Jeanette Werner St. Mark Catholic School

        St. Mark Catholic School teacher is named Teacher of the Month

        Jeanette Werner was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery. She represents the Cleveland area for the month of December. Werner currently teaches at St. Mark Catholic School in Cleveland. She teaches 7th & 8th grade English at the school.

        Mrs. Werner shows excellence in the classroom everyday,” says Dr. Marilyn Kurnath, principal at the school. She is described by Dr. Kurnath as kind, caring professional and understanding. Werner has done many things at St. Mark Catholic School outside of the classroom. She started a Prayer Club for grades 6, 7 and 8 that is very well attended. She also started the Drama Club which has put on a few productions for the community. Werner helped start the Future Catholic Teachers Club for the Diocese of Cleveland.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Werner received four tickets to a Cleveland Browns game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Tina Daniel Xenia High School

        Xenia High School Teacher Honored as Teacher of the Month

        Tina Daniel was recently named Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of December. Daniel is an English teacher to all levels of students. She represents the Dayton area.

        Daniel is not only a teacher; she also helps in the office, prepares her students for college and is getting her principal licensure. Assistant Principal Karol Warden says, “She does a wonderful job counseling kids who make mistakes or act inappropriately.” Daniel helped to organize a fund raiser for new holiday books and a Battle of the Bands for her Avant Garde students. She is said to be very precise in planning and orchestrating events.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Daniel will receive four tickets to a Dayton Bombers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        Evelyn Garcia Winton Woods High School

        Cincinnati Spanish Teacher is Teacher of the Month

        Evelyn Garcia is a Spanish teacher for grades 9 thru 12 at Winton Woods High School. She was recently named the Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.

        “Resourceful, personable, considerate, prepared and accomplished” are words used to describe Garcia by Byron Trapp, a school counselor from Winton Woods City Schools. She is creative and dedicated. She helps her students see the “big picture” in hopes that this will help them project ahead. She has the students speak Spanish in the hallways or outside of school when they see her.

        She is involved in her community and is a positive influence to many. Her character and work ethic are impressive. Trapp comments that “She invests all of her energy and creativity into her lesson plans and job responsibilities. She has great rapport with her students and has shown great dedication to being the best teacher she can be.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Garcia will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Cyclones’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Kristy Browning Fairfield Academy LTD

        Fairfield Academy Teacher is Honored by the Ohio Lottery

        Kristy Browning teaches 9th through 12th graders at Fairfield Academy LTD. Browning was recently named Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery for the month of December. She represents the Columbus area.

        Browning has not only devoted herself to teaching but is also a renowned speaker for the regional board for professional development. The Director of Fairfield Academy, Paul J. Billy says, “Ms. Browning’s understanding and patience has given her the opportunity to help those in need.” She is said to have a unique teaching style which she uses daily to work with children who have educational disabilities. Browning is dedicated to holistic improvement, as she is dedicated to helping her students to the best of her ability.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Browning will receive four tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Scott Ross Manchester Middle School

        7th grade Reading teacher is a cut above

        Scott Ross is described as “cut above” by his administrator, James Miller. He looks for different ways to reach his students at Manchester Middle School. Recently, Ross was named an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month. He represents the Akron-Canton area for the month of December.

        Miller says that Ross does many things throughout the building. He runs the school newspaper, morning announcements, technological support and chairs levy committees. He has taught for over 15 years. Miller says he is “an excellent teacher and an asset to our building.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Ross will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Heather Sebest Struthers Elementary

        Kindergarten teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

        Heather Sebest, a Kindergarten teacher, at Struthers Elementary was recently recognized as the Ohio Lottery’s Teacher of the Month. She represents the Youngstown area for the month of December.

        Sebest incorporates “best practices” in all of her lessons. She includes stations and learning centers in her classroom in which students enjoy engaging in daily. She holds high expectations for herself and in turn challenges her students on a daily basis. She serves on many committees in the building. Sebest and her kindergarten team are highly regarded throughout the country. She has been asked and has presented her work in Math Investigations both countywide and locally.

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Sebest will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Jenny Grodhaus Wilcox Elementary School

        4th grade teacher receives recognition: Teacher of the Month Award

        Jenny Grodhaus is a 4th grade teacher at Wilcox Elementary School. She is described as an “excellent staff member”. She is a Teacher of the Month for the month of December for the Ohio Lottery. She represents the Lorain area.

        Mark Miller, the principal of the school, says that Grodhaus is a “team player a positive contributor” to both the administration and her peers. Miller writes that “Her passion for teaching and her dedication to her students, peers and school district is what makes Jenny Grodhaus a master teacher.”

        For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Grodhaus will receive four tickets to a Lake Erie Monsters’ game, recognition at the event, merchandise from the team and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

  • 2007

    • September 2007 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Sheryl Burns Raymond Elementary School

        Ohio Lottery honors Teacher of the Month at Browns’ game

        Sheryl Burns is a first-grade teacher, which means she’s always up for a challenge. She actually likes challenging classroom situations, even behavioral ones. That’s because she believes they stimulate her growth as a teacher.

        Burns, who teaches at Raymond Elementary School in Maple Heights, is being honored for her efforts by the Ohio State Lottery, which named her the Cleveland area Teacher of the Month for September. The Teacher of the Month is part of the Lottery’s Academic All Star program, which honors teachers and students statewide.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Burns received four tickets to the Cleveland Browns’ home game against Cincinnati on Sunday. In addition to a pre-game ceremony on the field and recognition on the scoreboard at the game, she will also be interviewed on the Browns’ radio network.

        Tara Scott, principal at Raymond Elementary, nominated Burns for the award.

        “I have an awesome staff at my school, but Sheryl stands out head and shoulders above them all,” Scott says. “I don’t want to say that she’s my only good teacher, but she consistently goes the extra mile. She has a very quiet demeanor, but she’s very powerful with the students.”

        Perhaps Burns is so good at her job because she has six children of her own. “That’s very good preparation for anything,” Burns says. “Very challenging but very exciting ... just like teaching.”

        Burns, a 10-year educator, has taught students from first-grade through seventh grade. “My key to teaching is to be firm but loving and to enjoy what you do. You have to remember who you’re there for. A lot of people say that, but when you live it, it makes a big difference. I just try to treat my kids out of love.”

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        Shawn Moore North West Ohio Juvenile Detention Center

        Educator Honored by The Ohio State Lottery

        —When all other attempts have failed, Shawn Moore, a teacher at North West Ohio Juvenile Detention Center, is able to create an environment that is described as “conducive” to learning. It is because of this and Moore’s commitment to incarcerated youth that he is being recognized as the Ohio State Lottery’s September Teacher of the Month for the NW Ohio area.

        Moore is described thusly by his superintendent, Brian Patrick: “His selfless commitment to helping both his peers and supervisors is an asset to this organization.” Moore has created and implemented a way to streamline the process of building educational transcripts through the use of an Excel spreadsheet.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Moore will receive four tickets to the Cleveland Brown’s game against the Miami Dolphins on October 14. He will be publicly recognized at the game.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Peter Weimer Dunbar High School

        Inspiring teacher is honored by The Ohio State Lottery

        Peter Weimer is one of those teachers who stay busy before, during and after the school day. He doesn’t mind, though. Sometimes it’s because his former students have come back to visit, to say thanks for all he has done to guide them into a successful future.

        Weimer, a physics and chemistry teacher at Dunbar High School in Centerville, is being honored as The Ohio State Lottery September Teacher of the Month for the Dayton area. He will be publicly recognized at the Oct. 21st Cincinnati Bengals game against the New York Jets. His prize package includes four tickets to the game, recognition at the event and a merchandise prize pack.

        “He is an excellent teacher who has inspired many students to further their education,” says Phyllis Combs, principal at Dunbar. “Graduated students often return with many thanks to him for driving them and never giving up on them. He continues to raise the bar with his expectations, and he constantly challenges all his students.”

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Heather Warner Hartford Elementary

        Rural teacher promotes use of technology, is honored by Ohio Lottery

        Heather Warner does not limit herself or her students just because they live in a rural school district. She teaches second grade at Hartford Elementary in Croton, and she is pleased to have brought many technological advances into her school.

        She uses PowerPoint presentations to teach her second graders about animals and habitats, which led to what Hartford Principal Kacey Cottrill calls, “second graders who make presentations that would be the envy of any student in the state.”

        Warner is being honored by The Ohio State Lottery as the Central Ohio Teacher of the Month for September. As recognition for the award, Warner will be honored at the Cincinnati Bengals game against New England on Oct. 1. She will receive four tickets to the game and will be shown on the scoreboard at Paul Brown Stadium.

        “She quietly goes about her business while taking the students on a ride that they will never forget,” Cottrill says of Warner. “I have seen the enthusiasm in the students’ eyes almost as often as I have seen it in her eyes.”

        Warner hasn’t kept her technological expertise to herself; she has also led the push to use distance learning tools and SmartBoards to educate all students at Hartford. “To put it bluntly, Heather Warner is a great teacher,” Cottrill says.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Mike Ankrom Manchester High School

        Ohio State Lottery honors Manchester High teacher at Browns game

        —There isn’t one single reason that Mike Ankrom is being honored as The Ohio State Lottery’s Teacher of the Month for the Akron/Canton area. There are several.

        He teaches Social Studies and Government at Manchester High School and is the chairperson of the Social Studies Department. He’s the Senior Class advisor and helps out with Homecoming, Prom and Graduation. And, oh yeah, and he’s head golf coach and the president of the Manchester Education Association.

        But the biggest jewel in Ankrom’s crown is the new class he created at Manchester, one that has prominent importance in a teenager’s life. The class is called Current Issues and deals with issues related to social, economic and governmental problems. Manchester Principal James France, who nominated Ankrom, calls the class “a great avenue for students to discuss issues of importance.”

        The Current Issues class has been expanded into a program that includes many school districts throughout Summit County, and it also included a conference on school violence at the University of Akron that was attended by more than 200 students.

        Mike is a rare find in the field of education,” France says. “He’s an excellent teacher who makes his classes tough but also interesting and fun for his students.”

        For being honored as The Ohio State Lottery Teacher of the Month, Ankrom receives four tickets to Cleveland Browns game against Baltimore on September 30. He will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony on the field as well as on the scoreboard at the game.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        John Raymond Harrison Junior High School

        Teacher near retirement faces school year like it is his first;
        Teacher receives Ohio State Lottery Teacher of the Month award

        —“He is a one of a kind,” says principal Steve Romey about teacher John Raymond. “His professionalism sets him apart, as he is retiring this year but does not let up one bit.” It is no wonder that Raymond is being recognized by the Ohio State Lottery as September’s Teacher of the Month for the Youngstown area.

        Raymond will retire at the end of this school year after 35 years of teaching. Raymond currently teaches 8th grade math to students at Harrison Junior High School.

        Romey states that “85% of our students improved from 7th to 8th grade in math.” This is noted by the scores on the OAT (Ohio Achievement) tests given for Jr. high school students.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Raymond will receive four tickets to the Cleveland Browns’ October 14 game against the Miami Dolphins. He will be publicly recognized at the game.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Danielle Thompson Central Elementary

        Teacher described as “confident and caring” wins The Ohio State’s Lottery Teacher of the Month Award

        Danielle Thompson is described by her principal as “Willing to assist in any way that is necessary in order for our school and community to become more successful.” It’s no wonder then that Thompson is being honored by the Ohio State Lottery as September’s Teacher of the Month for the Lorain region.

        Thompson, who teaches at Central Elementary, not only brainstorms creative ways to help children learn, but she also aids in the instruction of future teachers as she acts as a cooperating teacher for a university student. She is described as “Invaluable to our community” by her principal, Kathy Dinkel.

        Thompson brings qualities that an employer seeks in an employee. She is responsible, friendly, punctual, and cooperates with coworkers. Thompson is able to take on an assigned task with little or no guidance and see it through.

        Thompson is also involved with the Intervention Assistance Team at her school where she aids in helping develop a plan for struggling students. This involves communication with parents, working with classroom teachers, and paperwork in order to give a struggling child the best opportunity to learn.

        It is no surprise with all Thompson does in the realm of teaching, that she is being recognized as The Ohio State Lottery’s Teacher of the Month. Thompson will receive four tickets to the Columbus Blue Jackets game on October 10, 2007 and will be recognized at the game.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • October 2007 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        No Entry Received
      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        Roger Luersman Kalida Elementary School

        The Ohio State Lottery Honors a Teacher Who Wears Many Hats

        —Karl Lammers, the principal of Kalida Elementary, describes sixth grade science teacher, Roger Luersman as “the kind of teacher that does his job every day without fanfare and in the process, develops our youth into the fine, young adults we enjoy.”

        Luersman is in his 35th year of teaching. His dedication sets him aside from many educators in that he makes students feel that they are always being treated fairly. Luersman has contributed to the district’s overall rating of excellence. He makes himself available to students who may need intervention and stays in contact with parents of those students who need extra help.

        Luersman has been involved with the SAY soccer program from its inception and has coached basketball at the junior high level. Luersman can be seen taking care of audio/visual equipment and may even be seen driving a bus from time to time. His contributions show that he “has embraced the profession with true passion.”

        Luersman is in his last year of teaching. He recently received Teacher of the Month (October) by The Ohio State Lottery. Luersman represents North West Ohio.

        Luersman will be recognized and receive four tickets to a Cavs’ game on Nov. 24. He will also receive a merchandise prize pack.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Pamela Karkalik Greenmont Elementary Teacher Receives Award

        Greenmont Elementary Teacher Receives Award

        Pamela Karkalik is described as a “principal’s dream.” Karkalik serves on various committees such as textbook ordering and inventory, science fair, fifth grade graduation, and (KEA) Kettering Education Association Building Representative. Karkalik also spends her time at Greenmont Elementary teaching Social Studies and Language Arts to grades 4 and 5.

        Karkalik is the kind of teacher who volunteers to help even before a job is delegated to her. Tim Johnson, the principal at Greenmont Elementary, comments that when Karkalik does a job you know it will be done right. Johnson says, “You will not find a more deserving teacher for this award and my few words cannot express what Pam means to the students, staff, and parents at Greenmont Elementary.”

        It is no surprise that Karkalik is being recognized as The Teacher of the Month by The Ohio State Lottery for the month of October. Karkalik represents the Dayton area as a recipient of the award. For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Karkalik will receive recognition and four tickets to a Dayton Bombers’ game (Nov. 3) as well as a merchandise prize pack.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        John Stacey Norwood Middle School

        7th Grade Math Teacher Receives Recognition

        John Stacey, a teacher at Norwood Middle School, is the recipient of the Teacher of the Month Award given by The Ohio State Lottery for the month of October. Stacey represents the Greater Cincinnati area.

        Stacey’s students recognize him for the money out of his own pocket that he spends on the classroom. He creates a fun learning environment where students enjoy learning and truly have fun. One of his students comments that no learner feels left out in his classroom. Stacey currently teaches math to 7th graders.

        For being recognized as October’s Teacher of the Month, Stacey will receive four tickets to an upcoming Bengals’ game (October 28), recognition at the game, and a merchandise prize pack.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        James Velo Campbell Elementary School

        Math Instructor honored by The Ohio State Lottery

        —Friendliness, sincerity, creativity, and tireless motivation are words used to describe Dr. James Velo. Velo is being honored by the Ohio State Lottery as Teacher of the Month for Central Ohio for the month of October.

        Velo has taught in the Columbus City Schools for 21 years. He was awarded the “Central Council Teachers of Math Award for Outstanding Instruction” and is the co-chair of the International Baccalaureate program. Velo teaches AP Calculus and holds a PhD in mathematics as well as a national certification.

        Even though Velo’s credentials speak for themselves, he is referred to as “the hallmark of scholarship and proficiency.” His students consistently score well on standardized tests. He is a “cut above most educators”.

        Velo is dedicated outside of the classroom as well. He is in charge of the ski club, the senior class, and advises students at every level. Velo is known in his community as a “stellar educator” and recently chaperoned students from the community on a trip to Italy and Greece.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Velo will be honored at an upcoming Blue Jackets game. He will receive four tickets to a game as well as a merchandise prize pack.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Megan Longfellow Field High School

        Teacher Receives Recognition

        Megan Longfellow, a teacher at Field High School, recently was recognized as Teacher of the Month for the month of October by The Ohio State Lottery. Longfellow represents the Akron/Canton area.

        Longfellow is noted by one of her students as having faith in students’ abilities and able to come up with ideas to solve problems between students. Longfellow currently teaches both English and Math to grades 11 and 12.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Longfellow will be recognized at a Cavs’ game and receive four tickets to the game (Nov. 2) and a merchandise prize pack.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Nicholas Glatzer Campbell Elementary School

        Motivational second-grade teacher is honored by Ohio State Lottery

        —Dr. Robert Walls, principal of Campbell Elementary School, makes it very clear why he nominated Nicholas Glatzer as October’s Teacher of the Month.

        “Occasionally, in an administrator’s long career, a few staff members stand out above their peers in intellectual, professional and personal development,” Dr. Walls says. “Nicholas Glatzer is one of those rare individuals.”

        Glatzer, a second-grade teacher, is known as an excellent communicator and motivator for his young students. He also serves on the school’s Improvement Leadership Team and is active in the community. He started a youth group of Christian athletes because he wanted to offer youngsters “an alternative to the streets.”

        Adds Dr. Walls: “Mr. Glatzer is a professional staff member with compassion, enthusiasm, intellectual intensity and positive character who is a constructive beacon of hope and inspiration for those who come into contact with him.”

        For these reasons, The Ohio State Lottery is proud to honor Glatzer as the October Teacher of the Month for the Youngstown area. As Teacher of the Month, Glatzer will receive four tickets to the Lake Erie Monsters game against Toronto on Nov.17 and a prize pack of Monsters’ merchandise. He will also be publicly recognized at the game.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Lynn Pritt North Ridgeville Middle School

        Teacher of many talents recognized by The Ohio State Lottery

        Lynn Pritt is more than a Social Studies teacher at North Ridgeville Middle School. Her students appreciate the way she makes American History interesting, but new teachers also appreciate how she mentors them through the teacher testing process. The community appreciates how she leads 8th grade classes to raise funds for UNICEF, and her principal appreciates her professional and personal integrity.

        Lynn Pritt is a person of the highest personal and professional standards,” Principal John Komperda says. “She can lead, she can follow or she can do whatever is necessary to accomplish goals in her school and personal life. She is a role model in every way.”

        The Ohio State Lottery is proud to honor Pritt as the October Teacher of the Month for the Lorain area. As Teacher of the Month, Pritt will receive four tickets to the Cleveland Browns game against Seattle on Nov. 4 and a prize pack of Browns’ merchandise. She will be publicly recognized during a pre-game ceremony on the field.

        Pritt uses nontraditional teaching methods such as using novels in her American History curriculum. She also has introduced new technologies such as Smartboards and interactive distance learning equipment to her students. And because she was so successful at mentoring new teachers at her own school through the Praxis testing process, Pritt is now in her third year as the lead mentor for the North Ridgeville City Schools. In this role, she leads all the mentors and new teachers in the district through the Praxis process.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • November 2007 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Karen Cocita St. Mark's

        Very active teacher and mom honored by Ohio State Lottery

        —Nice things to say about St. Mark’s teacher Karen Cocita are way too many to mention, according to St. Mark’s principal Dr. Marilyn Kurnath. But Kurnath gave it a good try when she wrote a letter about Cocita.

        Cocita, who teaches 7th and 8th grade English at St. Mark’s, produces students whose national test scores are in the 99th-percentile. She’s very active in the St. Mark’s church community. She is an outreach volunteer who makes meals for those in need. She’s a junior-high summer camp volunteer.

        Take a breath, there’s more.

        Cocita chairs the local Professional Development Committee to accredit teachers. She’s the student council moderator. She chairs the faculty sunshine committee. She’s a member of the school accreditation team, and is a St. Edward High School Mother’s Club volunteer who helps chair the school’s auction.

        Whew.

        Says, Dr. Kurnath: “Karen goes beyond all the standards. Best of all, Karen cares.”

        Cocita is being honored by the Ohio State Lottery as November’s Teacher of the Month for the Cleveland area. She will receive four tickets to an upcoming Cleveland Browns game and will be publicly recognized on the field before the game. She will also receive a prize pack of Browns’ merchandise and assorted Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        Steve Benton Greeneview High School

        Industrial Technology Teacher: Recipient of The Ohio State Lottery’s Teacher of the Month Award

        Steve Benton, a teacher at Greeneview High School, recently received recognition as The Ohio State Lottery’s Teacher of the Month award for the month of November. Benton represents the Dayton area.

        In addition to teaching for 21 years, Benton has coached a variety of teams such as GHS Varsity Baseball, Springfield South High School Varsity Baseball, and GHS Golf. Benton graduated from Jessamine County High School and from Morehead State University.

        Benton is thought of by his principal, Wallace D. Campbell, as “practical.” Benton is able to work with some of the most difficult students because of the hands on nature of his classes. Campbell states that, Benton “develops relevant and fun lessons.” One of Benton’s classes built corn hole boards for a club activity. Benton’s teaching assignments include Photography, Drafting, Woodworking, Welding, Crafts, Construction, Engineering, and Home Maintenance.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Benton will receive four tickets to the Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, and a merchandise prize pack.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        Jackie Cruse Oak Hills High School

        High School English Teacher is Honored by the Lottery

        Jackie Cruse is described by Lori Franklin, (an intervention specialist at Oak Hills High School), as creative, intelligent, passionate, and caring. Teaching is a part of who Jackie is as a person. She expects excellence in the classroom for herself and her students.

        Cruse is an English teacher at Oak Hills High School. She has assisted in curriculum alignment for one of the district’s alternative programs. She is able to provide differentiated instructions so that all learners are able to grasp concepts and grow as individuals.

        Franklin describes Cruse as a “motivator.” She encourages and inspires the students to make good decisions and be the best they can be. She rewards them and praises them for their hard work. Every child is important to Cruse and therefore, feels important in their own eyes.

        Cruse recently finished requirements for a superintendent licensure. She also places emphasis in community service. She volunteers for the Women’s Connection Organization which helps individuals make necessary contacts to improve their lives.

        It is no surprise that Cruse is being recognized as The Ohio State Lottery’s Teacher of the Month. She represents the Greater Cincinnati area for the month of November. Cruse will receive four tickets to a Bengals’ game, recognition at the event, and a merchandise prize pack.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Claire Brown Coventry Junior High School

        Muffin and mocha bar now open in Media Center State Lottery honors teacher who makes it cool to read

        —After five years in the classroom, Claire Brown became the Media Specialist at Coventry Junior High School in Akron. Brown’s principal, Cindy McDonald, already knew that Brown was special in the classroom, but still, she was pleasantly surprised at how Brown transformed the Media Center.

        “I never imagined what she had in store for our students and teachers!,” McDonald exclaims. “Our Media Center has become the highlight of our building. It is a place where students want to come and want to read.”

        The Ohio State Lottery values the importance of teachers like Brown and is proud to honor her as November’s Teacher of the Month for the Akron-Canton area. Brown will receive four tickets to an upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers game, where she will be publicly recognized on the court. She will receive a prize pack of Cavaliers’ merchandise and assorted Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        In Coventry’s Media Center, Brown added computers, age-appropriate books and magazines and a “reading pit” with couches and recliners. “If you didn’t know you were in a school, you’d think you had just stopped by Borders!,” McDonald says. “We even have a muffin and mocha bar!”

        And students aren’t the only ones to benefit. On “Tech Tuesdays,” Brown hosts teachers who want to learn about the latest technology available for use in their classrooms. “I cannot brag enough about Miss Brown and the new life she has brought to our Media Center,” McDonald says. “You’d be shocked at what a cool place it is... for staff and for students!”

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Kimberly Pecchia Campbell Elementary

        Urban First Grade Teacher: Recognized by The Ohio State Lottery

        Kimberly Pecchia, a 1st grade teacher at Campbell Elementary, is honored by The Ohio State Lottery as the month of November’s Teacher of the Month. Campbell represents the Youngstown area.

        Robert Walls, Pecchia’s administrator, describes Pecchia as “a professional staff member with compassion, enthusiasm, intellectual intensity, and positive character who is a constructive beacon of hope.” Pecchia presents herself as a professional, role model for students, staff, and her peers.

        She is described as standing out above her peers in the classroom. Walls states that Pecchia advances her students to higher levels on a daily basis through the use of “dynamic, tactile, and scientifically researched curriculum lessons.” Pecchia also serves on a grade level team and other various school committees. She is described as organized and able to complete assignments on time.

        Walls writes that Pecchia is a “tremendous team player”. She demonstrates outstanding teamwork skills and is able to work well with others. Walls also shares that in his “25 plus years as an educator, a few teachers stand out above their peers.” Walls believes that Pecchia is one of those teachers because of her intellectual, professional, and personal development.

        Pecchia will receive four tickets to a Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, and a merchandise prize pack for being honored as Teacher of the Month.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Randi Muck North Ridgeville High School

        Guidance Counselor is recognized by The Ohio State Lottery

        Randi Muck, a High School Guidance Counselor at North Ridgeville High School, recently was named Teacher of the Month by the Ohio State Lottery. Muck is November’s Teacher of the Month for the Lorain area.

        Muck has been instrumental in developing the North Ridgeville City School’s Business Advisory Team’s Internship Program. She solicited business and community members and students for the program, which began in the summer of 2006. The program has been extremely beneficial for the students that have participated.

        In addition to working with students, Muck has made presentations on bullying and anti-harassment to her fellow staff members so that they can use the information in their classrooms. Patricia Bahr, the school Principal, writes that “Mrs. Muck is truly deserving of this award.”

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Muck will receive four tickets to the Browns’ game, recognition at the event, and a Browns’ merchandise prize pack. Muck will also receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from The Ohio State Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

    • December 2007 Recipients
      • Region 1 Greater Cleveland
        Elisabeth Buduleta Brooklyn High School

        Dedicated German Teacher Receives Recognition

        Elisabeth Buduleta teaches German as well as English as a second language at Brooklyn High School. She is hard-working, dedicated, and caring. Buduleta is a participant on the Freshman Team, the Climate Committee, and is the Moderator of the German Club.

        Buduleta is the Ohio State Lottery’s Teacher of the Month for the month of December. She represents the Cleveland area. A fellow teacher, Patricia Kelly, describes Buduleta as “very cooperative in collaborating with staff.” She devotes extra time before school, during planning times, and after school to assist any students who are seeking extra help.

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, she will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers’ game, recognition at the event, and a merchandise prize pack. Buduleta will also receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 2 Toledo Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 3 Dayton Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
        Jennifer Rammel Goshen High School

        Teacher of The Month is Honored From Goshen High School

        Jennifer Rammel, a 12th grade Government teacher from Goshen High School, is being recognized as The Ohio State Lottery’s Teacher of the Month. Rammel represents the Greater Cincinnati area. Rammel was nominated by her student, Richard Godby.

        Rammel is described as an “outstanding teacher”. She leads the high school’s Random Acts of Kindness Club. She spends hours enriching both the community and classroom with the activities that she plans for this club. Godby comments that he looks forward to her class everyday.

        Rammel put a Christmas tree up in her room along with ornaments labeled with each student’s name from the class. The students will take the ornaments home as a keepsake. She recently got a microphone for her classroom to increase the students’ interest for learning and listening.

        “She makes her class fun and exciting, allowing her students to gain more from their time in the classroom,” says Godby. Rammel will receive four tickets to a Cincinnati Bengals’ game, a merchandise prize pack, and recognition at the event for being named Teacher of the Month. Rammel will also receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 5 Columbus Area
        Mary Torris Hilliard Heritage Middle School

        Teacher Working With Multi-handicapped Students Receives Recognition

        Mary Torris, a teacher of multi-handicapped students, is being recognized by the Ohio State Lottery as December’s Teacher of the Month. Torris teaches multi-handicapped students at Hilliard Heritage Middle School. Torris represents Central Ohio.

        Torris is described as someone who has a patient heart. The school nurse, Kimberly Daroski, says that “Regardless of what comes her way, Mary keeps her composure and moves ahead with determination and a true dedication and love for her students.” Torris is admired by her peers for her strength of character. Daroski says, “She inspires each of us to be stronger, more patient, and more tolerant individuals.”

        For being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Torris will receive four tickets to a Blue Jackets’ game, a merchandise prize pack, and an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 6 Athens Area
        No Entry Received
      • Region 7 Akron (Canton Area)
        Trudy Gordin Craddock Elementary School

        First Grade Teacher is Recognized by The Ohio State Lottery

        Trudy Gordin recently received recognition as the Ohio State Lottery’s December Teacher of the Month. Gordin represents the Akron/Canton area.

        Gordin is described by her colleague, Tami Mazella, as an inspiration. “Trudy takes her job very seriously and constantly goes above and beyond what is expected of her. One particular passion of hers is to create a community within her classroom where the students learn about citizenship and all that encompasses that area. She puts great emphasis on such assets as respect, responsibility, diversity, acceptance, and challenges that we all encounter. The students feel accepted, affirmed, and needed in classroom.”

        For being recognized as the Ohio State Lottery’s Teacher of the Month, Gordin will receive four tickets to an upcoming Lake Erie Monster’s game, recognition at the event, and a merchandise prize pack. Gordin will also receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 8 Youngstown Area
        Lisa Foster Campbell Elementary School

        Special Education Teacher Receives Recognition

        —“Mrs. Foster has the ability on a daily basis to motivate, challenge, and encourage her students to advance past their academic and social expectations.” Dr. Robert Walls, principal at Campbell Elementary School, describes Lisa Foster (3rd and 4th grade Special Education Teacher) as “a tremendous team player who clearly demonstrates outstanding teamwork skills in working with others.”

        Foster has passed the year long National Board Certified Teacher exam. This is a process that Walls points out puts her among Ohio’s elite teachers. She is systematic in her approach to conquering intellectual and personal challenges. Walls comments that Foster is, “a professional staff member with compassion, enthusiasm, intellectual intensity and positive character.” Walls finds her to be an inspiration for those who come into contact with her.

        It is no wonder that Foster is the Ohio State Lottery’s Teacher of the Month. Foster represents the Youngstown area. She will receive four tickets to a Cleveland Browns’ game, a merchandise prize pack, and recognition at the event. She will also receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

      • Region 9 Lorain Area
        Elizabeth Schwartz Walter G. Nord Middle School

        Walter G. Nord Middle School Educator is Honored By The Ohio State Lottery

        Elizabeth Schwartz has been an educator for nine years. She currently is a Special Education Resource Teacher for students in grades 5 and 6. “She strives to bring out the very best in performance in each one while maintaining a calm, structured, and welcoming classroom. Excellence in student achievement is a daily goal with her students,” says Barry Kaufman, a fellow colleague of Schwartz.

        Schwartz also leads the school’s Character Education Committee. This develops students into positive thinking and acting individuals. Technology is a vital part of her classroom. She co-authored a grant to purchase a “Smart Board”. This allows student interaction through a hands-on approach. Kaufman comments that “We are fortunate to have her in our district!”.

        Schwartz is recognized as the Lorain area’s Teacher of the Month by the Ohio State Lottery. For being recognized as Teacher Of The Month, Schwartz will receive four tickets to a Lake Erie Monsters’ game, recognition at the game, and a merchandise prize pack. She will also receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Lottery.

        The Ohio Lottery will continue to recognize Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month throughout the school year. For more information about the program and for nomination forms, go to www.OhioLottery.com.

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