Congratulations to 153's "Those Who Excel" Honorees!
"Cece has high expectations for both students and staff. From the building custodians to the teaching staff and assistants, she never lets anyone settle for anything less than their best effort. Most importantly, she does it in a manner that makes people feel supported and appreciated."
Stephanie Hess (Award of Recognition, student support personnel category)
"Stephanie has created a school environment that is caring, exciting, and respectful. Parents recognize her as someone with whom they can talk openly, who listens and values their opinions and concerns. She enlists the parents as partners and help them understand and utilize the tools needed to best help their child."
Connie Johnson (Award of Merit, classroom teacher category)
"Connie's vast knowledge of the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of first graders has made her a leader of our first-grade team. Connie is one of the most creative teachers we know, and she makes learning fun for everyone."
Terry Keigher (Award of Recognition, community volunteer category)
"His passion for the community and school district has always been evident for his own children, but after assuming the role of chair of Citizens for Homewood Schools, it was clear that his desires extended to all students. He has clearly demonstrated his devotion to all of our district's children through his sacrifice of time and giving of himself to the detriment of his own wife and children."
Reilly Robertson (Award of Recognition, early career educator category)
"From her first days in the classroom, Reilly has demonstrated a maturity and competency rarely seen in a beginning teacher. [Her] classroom is a model of warmth, engagement and efficiency."
Meg Sweeney (Award of Recognition, educational support personnel category)
"Meg provides a positive environment in which students feel safe to take academic risks. Her calm and supportive presence is a great asset to any classroom."
Citizens for Homewood Schools (Award of Excellence, team category)
Team Members: Alex Bosch, Tom Brabec, Jim Collins, Anne Colton, Vito D'Astici, Tom Dockweiler, Steve Johnson, Terry Keigher, Shelly Marks, Tracie Moxley, Nick Quirke, Jason Stamps, Tabitha Stine, Anne-Marie Webster, La'Shone Zinnerman
"Their hard work and selfless donation of literally hundreds of hours of time paid off for the school children of District 153. The referendum not only passed, it passed by a very large margin with 80.5 percent of the vote."