December Partners in Education Winners

The holiday season was in full swing in December. A celebration of students and teachers also took place that month. Keep reading for our Partners in Education December Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month.

Our first December Academic All Star is Aliceya Baker. Aliceya is in the sixth grade at Whittier Elementary School. Aliceya was nominated by her father Andre, who describes her as smart, forgiving, and caring. She is passionate about art and animals. In the future, she wants to be a veterinarian and either have her own practice or work in a zoo.

Carson Basham is another Academic All Star. Carson is an eighth grader at Edison Middle School and is known for being humble, articulate, and kind-hearted. Elizabeth Robinette is a teacher at Edison Middle School and nominated Carson. She said, “Carson is the type of student athlete that continually challenges himself to succeed. [He] is a born leader in and out of the classroom, as well as in the athletic arena.”

Our next Academic All Star is William “Billy” Burgher. Billy is in the eighth grade at Willetts Middle School. His mother Chrystall nominated Billy because of the improvements and growth he’s shown this school year. He has been putting in extra time during the week to complete assignments and improve his grades. He gives back to his school and community by participating in various food drives and tutoring other students. He is very self-motivated and dedicated to getting straight A’s.

Delaney Dunlap is in the fifth grade at Loveland Intermediate School and is a December Partners in Education Academic All Star. Karol Warden coaches Delaney and nominated her. Karol said, “Delaney is a star and yet never lets anything get in her way to excel.” Delaney is an honor roll student, gymnast, soccer player, and softball player. She is known for working hard to perfect her athletic skills and being a role model.

Katelinn Kinsey is another Academic All Star. Katelinn is in the eighth grade at Indian Valley Middle School and was jointly nominated by her school principal, assistant principal, and school counselor. She is described as someone who “is always in a good mood and positive,” and she is very active in the classroom. She is active in student council and volunteers as manager for the girls’ basketball team. All nominators stated, “Katelinn goes out of her way to make those around her happy.”

Our last December Academic All Star is Anna Sturgill. Anna is in the sixth grade at Milton Union Middle School. Austin Mefford is one of Anna’s teachers and said, “Anna is a great leader in the classroom. She goes out of [her] way to help others if they do not understand. She has a positive attitude.”

Our first Teacher of the Month for December is Checole Andrews. Checole teaches eighth grade Social Studies at Heritage Middle School. Checole is described as “an outstanding educator that motivates her students to be successful by being kind and honest with the kids.” Outside of the classroom, Checole is a coach, union vice president, mentor and volunteer. Carol Peterson teaches with Checole and nominated her for Teacher of the Month. Carol said, “Her impact on our students will last a lifetime. She is a wonderful colleague and teacher.”

Demita Baker is our next Teacher of the Month. Demita teaches English II and Diesel Tech at Calvin M. Woodward High School. Outside of regular school hours, Demita also teaches children at her church and at other after school activities. She has been dedicated to teaching for the last 30 years and has taught from pre-school to high school ages.

Leigh Bing teaches English Language Arts for grades 3-4 at Clara E. Westropp Elementary School and is a December Teacher of the Month. Lindsay Hiller works with Leigh and said this: “Leigh is a hard worker. She goes above and beyond always. She will jump into any role she needs to and always makes sure that the kids are taken care of. She is willing to help teachers in any way she can.”

Brandi Henry is our next Teacher of the Month. Brandi teaches seventh grade Language Arts at Miamisburg Middle School. Kelly Thomas nominated Brandi and said, “Brandi Henry has a passion and energy for her students that is infectious and contagious. [She] meets everyday with a smile that greets her students at the door. She is a breath of fresh air and for many of them a bright spot in their day.” She is credited with creating a flexible seating classroom that allows students to sit at a desk, table, bean bag, bungee chair, or other type of seating so each student can do their best learning.

Our next Teacher of the Month is Wendy Hunter. Wendy teaches third grade at CR Towslee Elementary School. Ashley Dey teaches with Wendy and has a son in Wendy’s class. She had this to say: “Mrs. Hunter has done a phenomenal job teaching my son about hard work and dedication. She is teaching the students how to take responsibility for their education [and] how to work hard and persevere with hard tasks. As a colleague, Mrs. Hunter is a staple in our building. She’s always there to lend an ear or give advice.”

Chris Turner is our next Teacher of the Month. Chris teaches Agriculture for grades 9-12 at Liberty Union-Thurston High School. Cortni Brunty has a student in Chris’s class and nominated him for Teacher of the Month. She said, “He just gets the high school students. He goes above and beyond in his daily teacher duty to make sure his students have the best experience they can.”

Jeanelle Thorn teaches fourth and fifth grade Math at BL Miller Elementary School and is a December Teacher of the Month. She is known as a dedicated teacher and problem solver. Keely Kandel teaches with Jeanelle and said, “She goes above and beyond for her students and coworkers. It is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated teacher who cares so much about the kids!”

Our final Teacher of the Month for December is Kelli Wilson. Kelli teaches Science at Jackson High School. Along with teaching, Kelli also advises a Medical Career Club, is on the building’s Leadership Team, and organizes food drives for the community. She has also been instrumental in creating a school food pantry and the Jackson high School Closet which provides students clothing for job and college interviews. Jenny Lang teaches with Kelli and said, “Kelli Wilson is an excellent teacher whose care goes past students in her class. She crafts rigorous lessons for Anatomy and AP Biology, creates a welcoming classroom, [and] takes time to talk to her students about long term goals and worries […]. Mrs. Wilson cares about the entire community. When [she] sees someone in need, she sees an opportunity to help. It is a pleasure to work with someone who makes Jackson High School welcoming for staff and students.”

Congratulations to all of our December Partners in Education winners! Keep up the amazing work.

You can nominate an outstanding student or teacher for Academic All Star and Teacher of the Month online by Clicking Here. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on the 10th of every month.
Posted: 2/27/2020 3:00:00 PM

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