December Partners in Education Winners

The holidays may have been top of mind in December, but Ohio’s students and teachers were still hard at work. Check out our Partners in Education December Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month!

Our first December Academic All Star is Caneacha Matthews. Caneacha is a senior at Western Hills High School. She is described as kind, thoughtful and hardworking. Caneacha is at the top of her graduating class, a student ambassador, a member of the National Honor Society and the co-captain of Girls to Women. Yolanda Lawson nominated Caneacha and notes that she has been organizing virtual meetings and scheduling guest speakers.

Colton Zweifel is a senior at Cloverleaf Local Schools and a December Academic All Star. He is described as an incredibly bright student. Joel Shurance is Colton’s teacher and nominator. Joel says that “it has been great to see the growth Colton has had from when I first had him as freshman.” Colton is known for making insightful contributions to class discussion and putting his full effort towards his work.

Liv Schneider is another December Academic All Star. Liv is a senior at Fort Frye High School. She currently has a 4.0 grade point average. Liv is engaged in a variety of school activities. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Cadets for a Cause, and Principal’s Cabinet. Liv is a student athlete, playing on the school’s basketball and volleyball teams. She also participates in AAU basketball.

Our first December Teacher of the Month is Ashley Watson. Ashley is an Intervention Specialist for the fourth and fifth grades at Westbrooke Village Elementary. She is described as dedicated to her students, even using her personal time to make sure her students understand the lesson. Neldra Glasper nominated Ashley and said, “She works very hard to make learning fun and interesting during these hard times. She is my hero during COVID-19.”

Michelle Schroeck teaches sixth grade Social Studies at Teays West Middle School and is a December Teacher of the Month. Abigail Daniels nominated Michelle and said, “She is one of the best teachers I have ever had.” Michelle was also nominated by Harper Grimes. Harper said, “Mrs. Schroeck makes every lesson fun. She is always happy to see everyone when they come to her class.”

Katy Rinehart is our next December Teacher of the Month. Katy teaches first grade at Dowds Elementary School. She is known for teaching with compassion and joy, and for setting an example of kindness in her classroom. Kristin Kaple-Jones nominated Katy and said, “[She] is a teacher that every child should be lucky to have in their school career. She sets high expectations for every child in her class and works hard to ensure they have the support they need to meet those expectations. Miss Rinehart is truly an asset to our school!”

Our next Teacher of the Month is Elizabeth Kelly. Elizabeth is a Math and English Intervention Specialist at Struthers Middle School. She is known for always coming to work with a smile and her willingness to teach any student or contribute to her team of teachers. Amanda McNinch nominated Elizabeth and said, “Elizabeth is often supporting students when they become frustrated with the material or need a different way to learn a skill or concept. She has become adept at influencing the design of lessons to prevent frustration for students who need more support to succeed in class.”

Beth Morgan is our next December Teacher of the Month. She teaches third grade at Cherokee Elementary. Beth is described as teacher who “cares deeply for her students as individuals and as learners.” Angela Gardner nominated Beth and said, “Mrs. Morgan has shown great tenacity, supporting students via digital and face-to-face platforms. She provides a warm and welcoming classroom environment. She celebrates kindness in her students every day.”

Laurie Campitelli is our next Teacher of the Month. Laurie teaches seventh grade Science at Athens Middle School. Joel Porter has a child in Laurie’s class and nominated her for Teacher of the Month. Joel said, “She has adapted so well to online learning, making the middle school experience as seamless as possible for my seventh grader. My child has thrived in this new online environment, and Mrs. Campitelli is one of the main reasons for this. She has gone above and beyond for her students.”

Lisa Wolfarth teaches seventh grade at Twinsburg City Schools and is a Teacher of the Month for December. Lisa is described as a “responsible, dependable, intelligent and highly organized professional” who is committed to her students. She has a “genuine enthusiasm and eagerness to make a difference in the live of students.” Lynnette Jimenez nominated Lisa and said, “Mrs. Wolfarth recognizes each students’ needs and talents in order to help become as independent as possible while also using content knowledge in all areas to support [their] needs. In addition, Mrs. Wolfarth promotes a culture of respect for all. [She] always goes above and beyond to get her students excited about and engaged in learning.”

Our final December Teacher of the Month is Tricia Seuffert. Tricia teaches ninth and tenth grade English at Bedford High School. She is known for the effort and commitment she dedicates to her students’ success. Judith Swiat nominated Tricia and said, “Tricia spends many hours preparing lessons for her students. She teaches not only the subject matter but responsibility to yourself. She strives to get to know her students, and she can often detail a plan to help them achieve their best in her class.”

Congratulations to all of our December 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: 1/14/2021 3:00:00 PM