January Partners in Education Winners

In January, we celebrated a new year. Ohio’s outstanding students and teachers welcomed the new year by renewing their dedication to education. Check out our January Partners in Education Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month!

Our first January Academic All Star is Kayla Mitchell. Kayla is a senior at Covington High School. Kayla is very active and involved in her school and community. As a student athlete, she participates in Track and Field and Cheerleading, where she serves as captain. She also serves as President of the Covington High School Business Professionals of America. Kayla also enjoys volunteering. She has volunteered at Youth Cheer Camp and helped with tornado cleanup after the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes. Josh Meyer nominated Kayla and said, “Her great personality and elite work ethic make her a favorite of the staff.”

Alexa Wiwi is a senior at Mount Notre Dame and a January Academic All Star. Alexa is described as a hard worker – she maintains high academic standards, volunteers in her community and with her church, and participates in school sports and clubs. She is described as “a true good soul.” She plans to attend college and study neurology.

Addison Lee is our next Academic All Star. Addison is in the fourth grade at B L Miller Elementary School. Addison is described as “dependable, trustworthy and a great leader.” Keely Kandel nominated Addison and said, “Addison works very hard, and it shows in the grades she earns. She strives to be the best she can. She is also responsible. She has a positive attitude and is open to trying new things.”

Our last January Academic All Star is Amanda Bovenzi. Amanda is a senior at Brunswick High School. She is a member of the link crew, National Honors Society and the yearbook staff. Amanda is also a student athlete. She is a member of the tennis team, where she serves as co-captain. Amanda was nominated by her coach Mark Merchant, who said, “Amanda has been a pleasure to coach for the past four years. I have seen so much growth in her and the future is very bright for this young woman.”

Our first January Teacher of the Month is Melissa Stanton. Melissa teaches Special Education at Liberty-Benton Middle School. Melissa is described as “a team player” who “loves her students and colleagues!” Tami Karhoff nominated Melissa and said, “Melissa goes above and beyond to help students.”

Kevin Kramer is our next Teacher of the Month. Kevin teaches eighth grade Language Arts at Parkway Middle School. He is known for his “outstanding job of engaging all students in his classroom.” Brian Woods nominated Kevin and said, “He has the ability to relate to students and their interests and then make real-life, meaningful connections to the ELA standards. He does while providing a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for high school and beyond.”

Brooke Warner is our next Teacher of the Month. Brooke teaches seventh grade English Language Arts at Kings Junior High School. She is known as someone who is always willing to step up when needed and who really loves her students. Jennifer Bicknell nominated Brooke for her tireless work to assist students and fellow teachers during COVID-19.

Jody Hall is our next January Teacher of the Month. She teaches Art for grades six, seven and eight at Teays Valley West Middle School. Jody is described as “encouraging, respectful and nice to everyone.”

Our final January Teacher of the Month is Kerri Davis. Kerri teaches fifth and sixth grade Science at Green Elementary School. She is known for the love and dedication she pours into her students. Kerri previously worked as an Intervention Specialist at this school, but she made the move to Science just days before the school year started. She has switched classrooms multiple times, and each time brings “her joy and passion to each room, making them a beautiful, bright place for kids to be and to learn and feel safe.” Tabitha Mosely nominated Kerri and said, “No matter what she teaches, she brings enthusiasm and passion into the classroom. She goes above and beyond for the kids by not only helping them to master content, but also making sure they are enjoying learning. She has done cooking lessons with kids to help them learn fractions and addition, made safe spaces within her room for students to retreat to when they feel overwhelmed, and helped transform children who don’t like going to school into children that are excited to be in the classroom.

Congratulations to all of our January Partners in Education winners! 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: 2/2/2021 3:00:00 PM