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.

2016-17 Monthly Winners
  • October

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Nick Peterson – Pinnacle Academy

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      EUCLID – Nick Peterson is a Teacher of the Month.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education program. He is a second grade teacher at Pinnacle Academy.  

      Peterson is described as a “very strong educator” who enjoys his students and works hard to build relationships with both the parents and students in his class.  He is able to work with his peers and share ideas to improve the success of his students.  He is a one of a kind teacher who is admired by his students.

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

    • 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
      Rob Aitken – Hamilton Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      COLUMBUS – Rob Aitken is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education program.  Aitken teaches eighth grade science at Hamilton Middle School located in Franklin County.

      Aitken is described as an “outstanding teacher” who does his best to meet the needs of his students.  “Hamilton Middle School is a better place to learn and work because of teachers like Rob Aitken,” says Principal Endres.  He says that Aitken recently volunteered to work with a student who is new to the country.  He is willing to take on this challenge with open arms.  The principal looks forward to seeing the results.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Aitken 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
      No Entry Received
    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      Nora Smith – East Palestine Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      EAST PALESTINE – Nora Smith is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education program. She is a teacher at East Palestine Middle School located in Columbiana County.

      Smith is described as “an outstanding representation of a wrap- around intervention specialist.” She is supportive of all of her students and their needs.  She is caring and shows concern for the faculty, staff and students.  She collects items throughout the year for Operation Christmas and was able to send 59 shoe boxes filled with supplies last year.  She plans to do this again this year with the help of her students.  According to Elizabeth Sherry, school counselor, “Mrs. Smith is a tremendous asset to the East Palestine School District and we are fortunate she is on our team!”

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

    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Colleen Jasinski – St. Anthony of Padua

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      LORAIN – Colleen Jasinski is a teacher at St. Anthony of Padua School Parish located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  She teaches first grade at the school.

      Jasinski has been teaching for 18 years at the school and is an alumna as well.  She has both “patience and passion” towards her students.  “Colleen is always willing to give a helping hand to anyone in need. She understands each and every one of her students inside and out so she can create learning goals for them to be successful,” says Principal Akosi.  She is a dedicated employee who enjoys her job and gives of herself to the community and classroom setting.

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

  • September

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Frank O’Grady – Rocky River Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      ROCKY RIVER – Frank O’Grady is a teacher at Rocky River Middle School.  He was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.

      O’Grady works with students in grades seven and eight; he enjoys working with them in a variety of subjects.  He traveled with a student to Normandy this summer and he attended the Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute. “The Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom® Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute takes students and teachers on the journey of a lifetime to explore WWII history through the life of a Silent Hero who is memorialized in the Normandy American Cemetery.” He also attended a training this summer at Ford’s Theater located in Washington D.C. O’Grady is dedicated to his students and willing to help them in any way possible.

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

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Ken Ogle – Wayne Trace Payne Elementary

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      PAYNE – Ken Ogle is a teacher at Wayne Trace Payne Elementary located in Paulding County.  He was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.  He teaches art to students in grades kindergarten thru six.

      Ogle provides students with the opportunity to create “quality art work.”  Students and their families can purchase their art work through Artsonia, the largest student art museum in the world.  He is able to reach all levels and abilities.  Ogle is able to challenge students and help them reach their full potential.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Ogle 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
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Dorene Miller – Melrose Elementary School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      WOOSTER – Dorene Miller is a teacher at Melrose Elementary School located in Wayne County.  She teaches third and fourth grade as an Intervention Specialist.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.

      Miller is described as an “exceptional educator” and leader.  She is a role model and is the head of her own 501 3c Mission Possible A to Z.  She is compassionate and educated.  She makes certain that children grow by reaching their potential.  Her Mission Possible A to Z has built a well at an orphanage and bought a tractor.  She finds ways to reach each student within the classroom.  She really takes the time to get to know each one of her students and takes pride in her profession.

      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 card. 

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      Sandy Walker – East Palestine Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      EAST PALESTINE – Sandy Walker is a teacher at East Palestine Middle School located in Columbiana County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.  She teaches sixth grade English/Language Arts.

      Walker has been an educator in the district for over 20 years.  She is admired by her students and peers.  She is able to reach a “wide spectrum of student abilities” and is inspiring to those around her.  “She stretches the content to fit students who (are) struggling to ones who need enrichment.  The phrase above and beyond definitely fits the time invested in preparing valuable lessons and activities,” says Elizabeth Sherry, school counselor.

      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 9 Lorain Area
      Melissa Guenther – St. Anthony of Padua

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      LORAIN – Melissa Guenther is a teacher at St. Anthony of Padua located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  She teaches third and fourth grade science at the school.

      Principal Akosi says, “Melissa is a great leader and an excellent role model.  She is passionate and creative about her students and their education.”  She is punctual in completing tasks required of her and is enrolled in professional opportunities where she can grow in her career.  She is the coordinator of the Environmental Science and Craft Club.  

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

  • May

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Sara Ziemnik – Rocky River High School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      ROCKY RIVER – Sara Ziemnik is a teacher at Rocky River High School located in Cuyahoga County.   She was recently named a teacher of the month by the Ohio Lottery. She teaches grades ninth and tenth World History and Advanced Placement U.S. History.

      Ziemnik is described as resourceful and energetic.  She is a self-starter who is creative and organized.   “The quality of Sara’s work and her sense of responsibility are very desirable.  She is dependable and conscientious in her daily responsibilities,” says teacher Elizabeth Anderson.  She possesses a strong knowledge of the content she teaches and she is able to make creative lessons for the students to stay interested and enhance their learning.  She is not your typical history teacher.  She seeks out grants to create oral history projects and she was named the “2015 Rocky River City School District Teacher of the Year”.
       
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Ziemnik will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card. 

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Allison Zielinski – Waterville Primary School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      WATERVILLE – Allison Zielinski is a teacher at Waterville Primary School located in Lucas County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery. She teaches first grade.

      Zielinski is described as “forever positive” with her students.  She challenges them to grow both socially and academically and her heart is definitely in teaching.  She has control of her classroom and is able to communicate well with parents. She is able to challenge students to work at their “full ability” and is creative while doing so.  She follows through with the children and emphasizes the importance of being a “life-long” learner.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Zielinski 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
      Terri Swensen – Loveland High School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      LOVELAND – Terri Swensen is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery.  She teaches math to grades nine through twelve.  She teaches at Loveland High School located in Hamilton County.

      Swensen is a teacher and a coach who gives of her time to help students become successful.  She started a boys’ volleyball team at the school.  She supports both students and players and truly enjoys what she does.
       
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Swensen will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card. 

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Ami Denutte – Hamilton Elementary School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      COLUMBUS – Ami Denutte Is a teacher at Hamilton Elementary School located in Franklin County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  She teaches third grade.

      Denutte is a dedicated teacher.  She has worked very hard this year on ST Math (Visual Math Instructional Software) and has been updating and informing the teachers about it.  She is organized and amazing and is known to be a pleasure to work with as well.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Denutte 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
      No Entry Received
    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Amy Akosi – Holy Trinity School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      AVON – Amy Akosi is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery.  She is a teacher at Holy Trinity School located in Lorain County.  She teaches kindergarten and is a leader amongst her peers.  

      Akosi is a teacher, mentor and an excellent role model.  She enrolls in professional development opportunities and is always learning and growing in her profession. “Mrs. Akosi has become a master teacher developing lessons that are exciting and engaging for the youngest learners on many different levels.  She has implemented technology in all aspects of the curriculum bringing lessons to life and real life concepts to her students’ level,” say Principal Kim Kuchta.  

      She is very knowledgeable and dedicated; she is loved by her students and the staff.  “She is patient and kind with all of her students and provides differentiated instruction for those who don’t fit the mold.  She keeps them going throughout her day to keep everyone on task.  Her specialization in the area of reading has transferred to her students and is evident in their high performance in the area of language arts,” says Principal Kuchta.

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

  • April

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Michael Kurtz – Pinnacle Academy

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      EUCLID – Michael Kurtz is a fifth grade science teacher at Pinnacle Academy located in Cuyahoga County. He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

      Kurtz is described as knowledgeable about the content he teaches, and he works hard to push students to try their best.  He takes the time to help struggling students with math and reading.  He is willing to help his fellow teachers with their plans and the scope and sequence of those lesson plans.

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

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Bethany Smith – Paulding Elementary

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      PAULDING – Bethany Smith is a kindergarten teacher at Paulding Elementary located in Paulding County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

      Smith is described as an enthusiastic teacher who makes learning both fun and exciting for students.  She volunteers her time to help with various activities at the school and she works hard to make an impact on her students.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Smith 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
      Amy Merz – Sayler Park School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      CINCINNATI – Amy Merz is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education program.  She is a teacher at Sayler Park School located in Hamilton County.  She teaches fourth grade math/science.

      Regina Hensley, a secretary at the school, says that Merz is an “excellent” teacher.  Her students adore her and she is wonderful at explaining lessons in a manner and at a pace that students can “more readily absorb.”  She helped the school obtain a grant that funded a school garden.  She supervises the school garden and Garden Club.  She teaches the students to plant seeds and nurture them just as she nurtures each student.  Students help prepare the soil and they clean the debris way.

      The students see the lettuces, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers etc. that come from the garden.  They learn about too much sunlight and too much water.  The Garden Club sells the produce at the local Farmers Market.  Hensley comments that, “Our students are to be commended for the gardening skills and their ability to help fund next year’s garden.  They are performing a service to our community and learning a new respect for farmers and nature.  Our school, parents and community are very proud of our gardeners and we owe it all to Mrs. Merz.”

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

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Karen Schutte – Hamilton Elementary School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      COLUMBUS – Karen Schutte was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  She is a teacher at Hamilton Elementary School located in Franklin County.  

      A fellow staff member describes Schutte as a dedicated teacher who makes certain that her students have a “well-rounded” education. Schutte coordinates filed trips at the school and helps to strengthen the school community by engaging students in fun and educational experiences such as Bring the Zoo to You and the Magician with a Mission.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Schutte 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
      No Entry Received
    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Beth Davis – Holy Trinity School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      AVON – Beth Davis is a teacher at Holy Trinity School located in Lorain County.  She was recently acknowledged by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  She teaches theology to students in grades six through eight.

      “Mrs. Davis is not only involved in the classroom, but has also taken on afterschool activities as well as leadership opportunities inside the building,” says Principal Modzeleski. “ In the classroom she continues to invent new ways to assess her children,” says Principal Modzeleski.

      “The other thing she always tries to do is make the children well rounded with service activities to give back to the school and local community,” he says.  Davis focuses on the “whole” child and supports the students in their extra -curricular sports and competitions.  She puts the children “first” and therefore is a very notable teacher.

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

  • March

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Joann Saunders – Pinnacle Academy

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      EUCLID – Joann Saunders is a teacher at Pinnacle Academy. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.
       
      Saunders is said to go “above and beyond” for her students.  She encourages them to be great scholars and sets high expectations for them.  She is a true team player who collaborates with staff members on a regular basis.  She is an asset to the school and the community.

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

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Mark Stuch – Paulding Elementary

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      PAULDING – Mark Stuch is a teacher at Paulding Elementary who was recently awarded the Teacher of the Month award from the Ohio Lottery.  Stuch is a teacher who has over 25 years of experience.  He currently teaches physical education to grades kindergarten thru fifth.
       
      Stuch volunteers to help students after school, and he is kind and caring to his students.  Students respect him and enjoy the activities that he plans.  He is a true asset to the school.

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

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Jo Bey – St. Patrick School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      TROY – Jo Bey is a teacher at St. Patrick School located in Miami County.  She teaches fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at the school.  She has a spark of enthusiasm, wit and humor that is contagious.

       She is a selfless teacher who is not afraid to jump in and help with so many extra things.  She “contributes her time” and organizes events and activities such as bulletin boards.  She encourages students to make good choices, to read and work hard.  She pushes her students to try their very best; through her experience with students it is evident that she views teaching as a “vocation” as opposed to a job.
       
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Bey 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
      Rachel Houser – Teays Valley West Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      COMMERCIAL POINT – Rachel Houser is a teacher at Teays Valley West Middle School located in Pickaway County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.

      “Mrs. Houser is an amazing teacher.  She displays humor, kindness, and fun to her students.  She commands respect from her students but also makes learning a joy,” says Assistant Principal Allison Swanger.  One of her students is quoted as saying, “She teaches amazingly and so everyone can understand it.”  Houser teaches language arts to seventh graders.  She is dedicated and willing to help her students learn while at the same time gain knowledge in a “fun atmosphere.”

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Houser 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
      Tricia Taggart – Wooster High School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      WOOSTER – Tricia Taggart is a teacher at Wooster High School located in Wayne County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.  She teaches fine/visual arts to high school students.

      “Tricia Taggart is a great asset to Wooster City School District.  For nearly 20 years, Mrs. Taggart has been a dedicated teacher/mentor and advisor.  She dedicates many after school hours to various clubs as an advisor.  She supports her students at after school athletic and academic events and is their biggest cheerleader.  She cares for her students,” says Nathan Green, a faculty member at the school. She gives to the community and she supports multiple charities and teaches her students to be both caring and compassionate individuals.  She is described as an “amazing educator” who is respected by not only her students but the staff.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Taggart 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
  • Febuary

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Krissy Koltiska – Pinnacle Academy

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      EUCLID – Krissy Koltiska is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery.  She is a fourth grade teacher at Pinnacle Academy located in Cuyahoga County.

      Koltiska is described as going “above and beyond” to accomplish tasks in the classroom.  She makes sure that learning is fun and exciting for her students as she brings a whole lot of energy to the classroom and her lessons.  

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

    • 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
      Jessica Wills – Hamilton Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      COLUMBUS – Jessica Wills is a teacher at Hamilton Middle School located in Franklin County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month. She teaches math to seventh graders and is described as a “wonderful math teacher, coach, department leader and friend!”  

      Wills creates “intriguing and diverse lessons” and is always positive about her students.  She makes them feel comfortable and gets them excited to learn.  She coaches track and enables students to focus on the whole student as an individual both academically and personally.  She helps her students achieve and set goals.  She keeps the department informed of the current learning standards that are expected of the teachers.  She is open to responding to concerns that arise within the math department.  Wills is truly an asset to the school and the district as a whole.    

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Wills 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
      Katie Vensil – Edison Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      MASSILLON – Katie Vensil is a teacher at Edison Middle School located in Stark County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  She teaches science to eighth grade students.

      Teacher Dalene Street says, “Katie Vensil is a prime example of what teachers should be.  She holds her students to high standards while at the same time showing great concern for their individual needs.”  She is the coordinator of Homework Assist Club, a club that pairs students with one another to help students who are struggling with the content in an assignment. She is organized and hard working.  She is an engaging teacher who does an outstanding job of collaborating with her peers and providing her students with the best lessons possible; the best part is, she does it all with a smile!

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Vensil 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 Clevelandi 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
      Emily Rucker – Hamilton Elementary School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      COLUMBUS – Emily Rucker is a teacher at Hamilton Elementary School located in Franklin County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery. Rucker teaches second grade.

      “Emily is always walking in with a smile on her face. She is always willing to collaborate, share resources, and help out in any way she can.  She is a great mentor and team leader for the second grade,” says Diane Starkey, third grade teacher at the school.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Rucker 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
      No Entry Received
    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
  • December

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Katie Galloway – Pinnacle Academy

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      EUCLID– Katie Galloway  is a teacher at Pinnacle Academy located in Cuyahoga County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery; she teaches kindergarten.

      Galloway is described as going above and beyond “to make each student she encounters feel loved.”  She is willing to challenge her students and engage them actively in their studies. “She is a true example of a phenomenal teacher.  Her passion runs deep and it shows,” says Rachel Bruce, a fellow staff member.

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

    • Region 2 Cleveland Area
      Kelly Buss – Paulding Elementary

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      PAULDING—Kelly Buss is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education program.  She is a fourth grade teacher at Paulding Elementary located in Paulding County.  

      Buss is described as an “asset” to the school.  She is involved with the after school tutoring program and is creative when it comes to teaching.  Her students respect her and she maintains control quite easily in the classroom setting.  She is a veteran teacher who works hard at what she does and strives to help her students in science, math and social studies.  

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

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      Melissa Harlow – Milton-Union High School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      WEST MILTON– Melissa Harlow  is is a teacher at Milton-Union High School located in Miami County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  

      Principal Scott Bloom says, “Melissa Harlow continually pushes herself to be better for her students.”  Bloom also describes Harlow as an “exemplary educator.”  She is a Wright State STEM Fellow, works with university faculty to enhance her instruction, and takes part in the annual professional development in the science field.  She is able to incorporate technology and critical thinking into the classroom lessons she plans for her students.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Harlow 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
      Jeremy Tyson – Hamilton Township High School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      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. He teaches social studies at the school.

      Tyson supports various programs at the school such as the Christmas Holiday Help programs as well as student scholarships.  He is always willing to support students and assist them.  He is well organized and maintains high expectations for his students.  He is a great mentor to the beginning teachers.  He is reliable and is a very dedicated teacher.

      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 card. 

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      Linda Brown – R.B. Chamberlin Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      TWINSBURG– Linda Brown is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery.  She is a teacher at R.B. Chamberlin Middle School located in Summit County. She teaches seventh grade math and language arts.

      Brown is described as motivated and positive when it comes to teaching.  She is loved by her students and is respected by her peers.  She brings out the best in her students and is dedicated and willing to help them reach their goals.  She makes students feel important and special; she is able to provide them with the best opportunity to learn that goes along with their learning style.

      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 card.  

       

    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Jeffery Keith – Brookside Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      SHEFFIELD VILLAGE– Jeffery Keith is is a teacher at Brookside Middle School located in Lorain County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  

      Keith teaches technology and video productions to eighth graders.  He is responsible for many projects such as the District Video Club and the morning announcements.  He encourages the students to lead the production as much as possible and to learn as they go.  He sets high standards for his students and is looked up to by his fellow staff.  Another special trait about Keith is his openness to hear student’s ideas and to allow them to learn “hands on.”

      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 card. 

  • November

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Shawn Chisholm – Pinnacle Academy

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      EUCLID– Shawn Chisholm  is a music teacher at Pinnacle Academy. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.

      Chisholm is described as a teacher who goes above and beyond for her students to bring them “the world of music.”  According to Dean Melissa Galgoczy, Chisholm is “enriching our students’ lives and our building through music.” She teaches music to grades kindergarten thru eighth grade.

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

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Charli Rohlf – Paulding Elementary

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      PAULDING– Charli Rohlf  is a teacher at Paulding Elementary located in Paulding County.  She teaches third grade at the school and was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month.  

      “Mrs. Rohlf is an excellent teacher who believes in all of her students.  She tutors before school to help students and works diligently to make learning fun and is very creative,” says substitute teacher Jan Kohart.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Rohlf 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
    • Region4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Cara Downerd – Hamilton Elementary School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      COLUMBUS – Cara Downerd is a kindergarten teacher at Hamilton Elementary School located in Franklin County.  She was recently recognized as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.

      Diane Starkey, a teacher at the school says, “It has been really impressive to see Mrs. Downerd join our staff and start off the year so smoothly-I can tell by watching her students that she has excellent classroom management and enjoys being with her students!  She definitely has a positive and easy going attitude!” The district is honored to have her as a teacher.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Downerd 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
      Marsha Hershey – STEAMM Academy @ Hartford

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      CANTON– Marsha Hershey is a teacher at STEAMM Academy @ Hartford located in Stark County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.

      “Marsha is an excellent teacher. She is dedicated to our students.  She has a reading program after school for three nights each week.  She works with any students who want the extra help in reading,” says school counselor Michelle Gump-Wilson.  She is dedicated to her students and to her coworkers.  She takes a special interest in helping the school’s students become more proficient in reading.  She makes herself available to them to develop their reading and comprehension skills.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Hershey 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
      David Baughman – Brookside Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      SHEFFIELD VILLAGE– David Baughman is a teacher at Brookside Middle School located in Lorain County.  He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

      “Mr. Baughman is by far one of the best teachers I have ever had the honor to meet.  Even though he jokes around, he always gets his point across.  Every day I learn something I never knew, yet I never get bored in his class!  Mr. Baughman does his best to push us to do our best and he helps us succeed,” says Marlee Kovalik, a student in his class. He is creative and innovative when it comes to helping his students learn new information.  He engages students in hands-on activities to help the students learn about American History.  He exposes them to several methods of teaching so that he can best suit the needs of his students.

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

  • October

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Matt Falk – St. Edward High School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      LAKEWOOD– Matt Falk  is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery.  He is a teacher at St. Edward High School located in Cuyahoga County. He teaches International Baccalaureate Design Tech/Pre Engineering at the school.

      Falk is described as “the epitome of a servant leader,” says Stergios Lazos, Academic Dean at the school.  He is not only willing to teach engineering skills to his high school students but also works with the 6th grade girls from Douglas MacArthur weekly.  He exposes students to critical thinking, analysis and collaboration according to Lazos.  He helps students learn engineering but also encourages them to develop skills that will follow them throughout their life.  He is a true asset in the “ongoing relationship” between St. Edward High School and Douglas MacArthur School as he helps assist the elementary school girls by creating a “sustainable engineering curriculum” for students. According to Lazos, “Matt helps students develop lifelong learning skills which will be used in every course.”

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

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region4 Cincinnati Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Tina Penrod – Hamilton Intermediate School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      COLUMBUS – Tina Penrod is a 4th grade teacher at Hamilton Intermediate School located in Franklin County.  She was recently recognized as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.  She teaches both social studies and science.
       
      Penrod is described as an “outstanding” teacher who is creative and passionate about her students and their education.  She is always willing to help her peers and is considered a “favorite teacher” among many of her students.  She is willing to go the extra mile without “any hesitation” and this makes her special in her students’ eyes.  She is never too busy to lend an extra hand or go above and beyond her duties.  She is a “great asset to our building,” says teacher Kelly Case.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Penrod 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
      No Entry Received
    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Kellie Palmer – Brookside Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      SHEFFILED – Kellie Palmer is a teacher at Brookside Middle School located in Lorain County.  She was recently honored as an Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month.  She teaches eighth grade math.

      Palmer is described as a teacher who makes learning fun and engaging.  She is able to relate well to her students and is described as fair, creative and caring.   She takes time to help those students who may need help; she is not only compassionate but is respectful and understanding of her students.  

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

  • September

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Shakail Moore – Pinnacle Academy

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      EUCLID– Shakail Moore  is a teacher at Pinnacle Academy located in Cuyahoga County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.

      Moore is described as a “dynamic educator” who always goes above and beyond what is required of her.  She is able to captivate students in a creative sense.  She teaches second grade.  She supports the events at the school for various grade levels.  She is a great communicator with parents and shares positive news about their children.  “Her students are motivated to come to school and absolutely love their teacher… I could not ask for a better addition to our staff,” says Charlena Hunt, Dean of K-2.  

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

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Ryan Hanna – Seipelt Elementary

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      MILFORD – Ryan Hanna is a teacher at Seipelt Elementary located in Clermont County.  He was recently recognized by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  He teaches fifth grade at the school.

      Hanna is a “leader” in professional development and he coordinates the summer reading program.  He goes above and beyond in the classroom.  He is well respected by his peers and the students.  

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

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Joel Miller – Hamilton Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      COLUMBUS – Joel Miller is a teacher at Hamilton Middle School.  He works with students in grades fifth to eighth grade.  He was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.

      “Joel Miller has done so much with the limited resources and multiple grade levels he represents,” says fellow teacher Kelly Jett.  He has impressed his coworkers with how well he works with the staff and shares lessons.  He has a great outlook and makes both fellow faculty members and students smile.

      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 card.

    • 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
  • May

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Krista Grill – Pinnacle Academy

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      EUCLID– Krista Grill  is a teacher at Pinnacle Academy.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  She teaches kindergarten. Pinnacle Academy is located in Cuyahoga County.

      Grill is described as a “phenomenal teacher” who motivates students and helps them gain confidence in themselves.  She is a leader for her peers and students.  She is a real “asset” to Pinnacle Academy.

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

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Danielle Tumblin – Defiance Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      DEFIANCE – Danielle Tumblin  is a teacher at Defiance Middle School located in Defiance County. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

      Tumblin teaches seventh grade Algebra to her students.  She is able to turn a student’s frustration into an understanding of math concepts.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Tumblin 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
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Ashley Lupfer – Teays Valley West Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      COMMERCIAL POINT – Ashley Lupfer is a teacher at Teays Valley West Middle School located in Pickaway County. He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  

      He is described as an “outstanding” math teacher who makes learning fun.  He pushes his students to make great progress as they learn new math concepts.  He establishes good rapport with the students and is a valuable member to the staff.  He is a great leader and good role model as he represents the school well.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Lupfer 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
      Brian Sifferlin – Massillon Washington High School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      MASSILLON – Brian Sifferlin 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. He teaches students from 10th to 12th grade.

      Sifferlin teaches exercise science and sports medicine in the health science career field at the school.  The program has evolved into one of the premier programs in the state because of his efforts and dedication.  Students are able to shadow through rotations to be exposed to some of the highest skill sets in the healthcare field.  
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Sifferlin 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
      Kathy Busse – Sheffield Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      SHEFFIELD – Kathy Busse is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery.  During the 2014-2015 school year, she taught at Sheffield Middle School located in Lorain County. She taught 6, 7 and 8 grade students health class.

      Busse is known for her Homework Club that she holds every morning where she is known to help kids with projects, essays and anything imaginable.  She is described as sympathetic and is always open to taking time to help out the students.  She encourages the students to lead healthy lifestyles and encourages students to participate in sports and do their best.  She is a wonderful coach, teacher and colleague.

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

  • April

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Nick Peterson – Pinnacle Academy

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      EUCLID– Nick Peterson  is a teacher at Pinnacle Academy located in Cuyahoga County.  He was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery. Peterson is a second grade teacher who is dedicated to his students and respected by his peers.

      Peterson is described as “exemplary” when it comes to teachers and he is a leader for the building and a vocal voice for the Pinnacle Leadership Team.  

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

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Amy Graham – Galion Middle School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      GALION – Amy Graham  is a teacher at Galion Middle School located in Crawford County. She teaches technology to sixth and seventh graders. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.  

      Graham goes “above and beyond daily” to assist students and her fellow staff.  She is organized and is able to engage students in lessons that are meaningful.  She is both caring and positive and is happy to be of assistance to all of her coworkers and students.    “As her principal, I am lucky to have a teacher like her in our building.  I know that our student and staff always have additional support from this caring and positive teacher,” says Principal Jennifer Allerding.  

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Graham 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
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Joyce Duchak – Teays Valley West Middle School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

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

      Duchak is a guidance counselor who cares about her students and makes a positive impact on the culture of the school. She facilitates student groups and school activities within the community.  She works very hard between two buildings to connect with students and help where needed.  The district is honored to have her as an employee.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Duchak 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
      No Entry Received
    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      Andrew Smith – Brookside High School

      Teacher is honored by the Ohio Lottery

      COMMERCIAL POINT – Andrew Smith is the recipient of the Teacher of the Month award. He works at Brookside High School along with other schools in the district. He is a social worker throughout the district.

      He is known to take on challenges such as the role of district social worker as opposed to his job teaching seventh grade in the past. He serves all six schools in the district. He works very hard so that families can connect with community resources to help students and teachers alike both at school and in the community. He has a great rapport with students and the staff and is easy to get along with. He helps with the Academic Club and Cultural Experience Club. He is a dedicated valuable member of the staff and the school.

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

  • March

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Heather Kurtz – Pinnacle Academy

      Teacher of the Month from Pinnacle Academy

      EUCLID – Heather Kurtz  is a teacher at Pinnacle Academy located in Cuyahoga County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

      She is described as a leader of new initiatives, motivating and professional.  She sets high expectations for her students and her students, in turn, achieve excellent accomplishments in the classroom.  She utilizes every minute to “maximize the learning potential of students.”  She is a fourth grade reading teacher who continues to grow as an educator both inside and outside the classroom.

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

       

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 3 Dayton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincnnati Area
      Christopher Sorrentino –  Hughes STEM High School

      Teacher of the Month from Westlake City Schools

      CINCINNATI – Christopher Sorrentino  is a teacher at Hughes STEM High School located in Hamilton County. He was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

      He believes in his students and motivates them to become better students both in and out of the classroom.  He attends sporting events at the school and helps out wherever needed such as for “study tables”.  He is a teacher who changes the lives of his students by his presence in the field of education.  He teaches ninth grade history at the school.  

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

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Jamie Windle – Hamilton Elementary

      Teacher of the Month from Hamilton Elementary is honored

      COLUMBUS – Jamie Windle is a teacher at Hamilton Elementary School located in Franklin County.  As part of the “kindergarten team” she is always willing to share ideas with the other teachers in her group. She doesn’t hesitate to try out new teaching strategies and helps to build a foundation for her kindergarten students.  

      She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Windle 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
      Kellie Straughn – STEAMM Academy@Hartford

      Teacher of the Month from Westlake City Schools

      CANTON – Kellie Straughn  is a teacher at STEAMM Academy@Hartford.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Partners in Education Teacher of the Month. She teaches sixth thru eighth grades.
      Straughn is described as a “hard worker” who comes in on Saturdays and is always willing to help students after school.  She is very professional and is able to think outside of the box which is necessary when you are dealing with at-risk students.  She doesn’t give up on any of her students.  She is challenged by them and challenges them in return.  She is well liked by her students and is described as helpful and caring.  She is a wonderful addition to the staff and is a special teacher who isn’t afraid to go above and beyond.  
      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Straughn 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
      Eric Ruble – Sheffield Middle School

      Teacher of the Month is recognized

      SHEFFIELD – Eric Ruble  is is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education program.  He is a language arts teacher at Sheffield Middle School located in Lorain County.

      He was nominated for the award because he builds a positive learning environment in the classroom.  He is a role model to his students and he makes learning fun.  A student says, “If I was to be a teacher when I grow up, I would want to be like Mr. Ruble.”  He pushes students to do their best in the most “enjoyable” way possible.  He is a dedicated hardworking staff member who helps students after school; he also runs Student Council.  He is cheerful and kind to his students.

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

  • February

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Susi Zkiab – Holly Lane Elementary

      Teacher of the Month from Westlake City Schools

      WESTLAKE – Susi Zkiab  is a teacher at Holly Lane Elementary located in Cuyahoga County.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery. She teaches kindergarten.

      “Miss Zkiab has an amazing enthusiasm for creating an exciting and supportive learning environment.  She consistently demonstrates compassion to all levels of learning.  She creates a family-based learning process through weekly assignments that encourage involvement of parents,” says Erin Baesel.  She helps build the self- esteem of her students and builds a strong foundation for “life- long success.”  She is described as devoted and caring.  

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

    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Rachel Gangwer – Galion Middle School

      Teacher of the Month from Galion Middle School

      GALION – Rachel Gangwer  is a sixth grade math teacher at Galion Middle School located in Crawford County.

      Gangwer is a teacher who is described as going “above and beyond” in the classroom and at the school. She is active and involved with several committees at the school.  She carries a positive attitude throughout her day.  Her students are “actively engaged, participate in project based activities and meet high expectations.”  She is an excellent and devoted teacher who genuinely cares about her students.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Gangwer 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
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Mark Louks –  Teays Valley West Middle School

      Teacher of the Month from Teays Valley West Middle School

      COMMERCIAL POINT – Mark Louks is a teacher at Teays Valley West Middle School.  Louks was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.

      Louks is described as passionate, energetic and fun.  He assists students with extra help and provides opportunities for students after school to use the technological equipment.  He is described as a “great asset” to the school and is happy to help out in any way he can.  He produces OAA testing videos and coaches the Powder Puff football team.

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

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Sharon Hawley – Meigs Intermediate School

      Teacher of the Month from Meigs Intermediate School

      MIDDLEPORT – Sharon Hawley 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.  She works hard to provide students with a creative music education program.  She is able to design her lessons to correspond to the academic concepts in a musical way.  She puts forth great time and effort into planning meaningful lessons for her students, parents and the community.  She is described as kind-hearted and willing to help. She has been the PTO treasurer for over 14 years and puts forth her best efforts in all that she does at the school. Hawley is a very dedicated employee to the district.

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

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      No Entry Received
    • 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
      No Entry Received
    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Christa Burbage – Charles L. Seipelt Elementary

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      MILFORD – Christa Burbage  is a teacher at Charles L. Seipelt Elementary located in Clermont County. She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.  She teaches mathematics to third grade students.

      Burbage is described as caring and a leader amongst her peers, students and community.  She serves on several committees at the school.  She is creative when it comes to designing her lesson plans.  A highlight of a student’s year is when she hosts her Agriculture Day; she brings in several farm animals for the students to see.

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

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Elizabeth Enright –  Hamilton Intermediate School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Elizabeth Enright is a teacher at Hamilton Intermediate School located in Franklin County.  She was named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.  She teaches art to grades four, five, and six at the school.

      “Elizabeth does an awesome job with the Intermediate School Art Program,” says teacher Josh Eaton.  She displays the artwork in the hallway beautifully and the students look forward to their art class with her.  She is creative, outstanding and effective when it comes to teaching art and its methodology, history and technique.

      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 card.
       

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Tammy Chapman – Meigs Intermediate School

      Teacher from Meigs Intermediate School is recognized

      MIDDLEPORT – Tammy Chapman is a third grade teacher at Meigs Intermediate School located in Meigs County.  She was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.  

      Chapman is a third grade teacher who has taught for over twenty years.  She goes “above and beyond” her call of duty both inside and outside of the classroom.  She is a wonderful colleague who is always willing to step up and help in any situation.  She has a smile on her face and is a positive role model for her students.  She gives her “heart and soul to her students” and is proud to work with them on a daily basis.

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

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 8 Youngstown Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
  • December

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      Gregg Stemm – St. Edward High School

      Teacher from St. Edward High School receives recognition: Teacher of the Month

      LAKEWOOD – Gregg Stemm, a teacher from St. Edward High School located in Cuyahoga County, was recently honored as a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.  He teaches Latin at the school which is located in Lakewood.

      “Gregg Stem is a young, dynamic teacher who has made an immediate impact on our community,” says Academic Dean Stergios Lazos.  He uses technology in the classroom and challenges his many students.  He is able to help develop students into passionate learners.  He is the advisor of two extracurricular activities.  The Latin club has been one of the best clubs at the state and national level due to his involvement.  His students have won numerous awards.  He is always available to his students and is eager to help them.  His ability to engage students is remarkable!

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Stemm will receive an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card.
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Todd Roston – Galion Middle School

      Teacher from Galion Middle School is honored

      GALION – Todd Roston is is a recipient of the Teacher of the Month award from the Ohio Lottery.  He is a math teacher for sixth and seventh graders.

      Roston is described as the “ideal” teacher.  He works hard and shows great concern for his students and the fellow faculty at the school.  He is not afraid to find ways to help those that are struggling and tries to make learning fun and exciting.  His positive attitude rubs off on his students.  The students in his class benefit from having him as a teacher.

      For being recognized as a Teacher of the Month, Roston 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
      No Entry Received
    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Julie Murray –  Hamilton Intermediate School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      COLUMBUS – Julie Murray is a sixth grade math teacher at Hamilton Intermediate School located in Franklin County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.

      Murray is a great role model for her students and she is always willing to help.  She goes above and beyond when it comes to helping her students and fellow colleagues.  She is someone that students can look up and strive to be like.  She is creative, fun and dedicated to the teaching profession.  

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

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Nicole Fogle – Meigs Intermediate School

      Teacher from Meigs Intermediate School is recognized

      MIDDLEPORT – Nicole Fogle is a third grade teacher from Meigs Intermediate School located in Meigs County. She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

      Fogle is a kind, caring teacher who works hard to meet students where they are in the learning process.  She works tirelessly to push students to be the best success in the classroom that they can be.  She defines excellence when it comes to the teaching profession. Her knowledge and instructional methods set her “apart” from her colleagues.

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

    • Region 7 Akron-Canton Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 8 Lorain Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 9 Youngstown Area
      Amy Long – Mapleton High School

      Teacher is recognized by the Ohio Lottery

      ASHLAND – Amy Long  is a teacher at Mapleton High School located in Ashland County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.  

      Long is described as a “dedicated” staff member who devotes hours to her students and the community at the school.  She makes an impact on the school every day.  She has the ability to “excel” in a variety of roles at the district.  She is enthusiastic and dedicated to the teaching profession.  

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

  • November

    • Region 1 Cleveland Area
      No Entry Received
    • Region 2 Toledo Area
      Samantha Brigotti – Toledo Preparatory and Fitness Academy

      Teacher is named Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery

      TOLEDO – Samantha Brigotti is a Teacher of the Month for the Ohio Lottery.  She teaches fourth grade reading and science at Toledo Preparatory and Fitness Academy located in Lucas County.

      Brigotti is a known for running a structured classroom that challenges students to be a team player.  Her room is described as a “role model” classroom with lesson plans that are thoroughly planned and are both engaging and fun.  “With her teachings and involvement, she helps our school maintain to be an excellent rated school in the community,” says Joseph K. Pokrywka, office manager at the school.  

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

    • Region 3 Dayton Area
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    • Region 4 Cincinnati Area
      Jocelyn McOsker – Withrow University

      Teacher is named Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery

      Cincinnati – Jocelyn McOsker is a chemistry teacher at Withrow University located in Hamilton County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month by the Ohio Lottery.  

      McOsker is a team player when it comes to teaching.  She is dedicated to her students and her colleagues.  She is able to help other teachers with their teaching content and without hesitation will step up to the plate and take on new challenges.  She is passionate about science and her students.  McOsker makes a difference in the lives of her students and fellow staff members.  

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

    • Region 5 Columbus Area
      Samantha Long –  Hamilton Intermediate School

      Teacher from Hamilton Intermediate School wins award

      COLUMBUS – Samantha Long is a fifth grade science teacher at Hamilton Intermediate School located in Franklin County.  She received an award from the Ohio Lottery in November for being a Teacher of the Month.

      Long is always helpful and willing to step in where needed when it comes to the teaching profession.  She is a very effective communicator with students and parents.  She utilizes social media to communicate with her students.  She gives up a huge amount of time to work with students during recess.  

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

    • Region 6 Athens Area
      Sheila Bevan – Meigs Intermediate School

      Meigs Intermediate School teacher wins award

      MIDDLEPORT – Sheila Bevan is a teacher at Meigs Intermediate School located in Meigs County.  She was recently named a Teacher of the Month for the month of November by the Ohio Lottery.

      Bevan is described as an inspiration to students.  She encourages students to learn from their mistakes and try again.  She goes out of her way to help students and goes “beyond the bell” to give of her time.  She has over 400 students but treats each one individually and tracks their reading progress.  She reads aloud to students and motivates them.  She is known to be a “remarkable teacher.”  

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