Teacher of the Month
Imagination Station is proud to be a partner of 101.5 The River’s Teacher of the Month.
Nominate someone who you think should be Teacher of the Month by visiting 101.5 The River and tell them why your son or daughter’s teacher should win!
Include the teachers name, school they work for, and why you think this teacher deserves the award. The teacher selected wins a membership from Imagination Station and a prize pack for the class along with a variety of other prizes from 101.5.
Congratulations to the following winners who were provided a toolbox of classroom activities from Imagination Station!
Teacher: Ms. Sherri McKibben
Kids Unlimited Academy, Toledo
Teacher: Susan Marie Perzynski
Franciscan Academy at Lourdes University
Nominated by: Tony Perzynski
Being honest… current and former students and their parents are certainly the best first-hand judges of their ‘best’ teacher, one deserving such a prize as your ‘teacher of the month’! One even more appropriate, more aware of the love, dedication and sacrifice is someone much like me, the SPOUSE!
Witnessing Susan work 6+ days/week for 10 – 12 hours each day and the daily stories of her wonderful 4th graders leaves no doubt that Susan deserves this win, this reward! Visit her classroom and meet her…or at least see her in one of her documented, fascinating adventures on You Tube! (search: 10-06, Animal blessing). It can be just one of many moments that confirm my point…and give her the win!”
Ms. Heather Fallis
Conneaut Elementary – Bowling Green
Nominated by Deanna Bailey
Mrs. Fallis in not my daughter’s homeroom teacher, but she attends several classes with her. Mrs. Fallis is an outstanding teacher who goes above and beyond the call of teacher. My daughter is going through one of the most difficult trials right now and Mrs. Fallis not only is kind to her through this trying time, but also will go the extra mile to check on her, talk to her and ask her if there is anything she can do for her. Mrs. Fallis knows she cannot take the pain away from my daughter, but she DOES know and IS WILLING to do things to help ease the pain, make school more tolerable and lend a supportive hand or ear if needed. Not to mention she is just an all-around positive, fun and loving teacher to all of her students and is a positive role model for all those who come in contact with her. I can’t thank her enough for the kind person she is and I hope you choose her to represent what an outstanding teacher is! She deserves this so much!
Mr. Mike Heartz
Grove Patterson Academy – Toledo
Nominated by Cheri Schoonmaker
I don’t know what it is about Mr. Heartz, but he is magical! I have two daughters that have had him for a total of 4 years now. We had contemplated leaving the school because we are out-of-district, but when I found out my youngest was going to have him, we stayed. Not only is he able to get some amazing work from his students, but he cares so much for them. He captivates them and gets them on fire for learning. He is all we hear about after school. He encourages the children to give their best effort and accepts nothing less. He motivates the children and inspires them to do more. He is in constant communication with the parents about what his expectations are of not only his students, but us as parents. He sets the bar high and anticipates us all to jump. Through it all, he remains humble and down-to-earth. Year after year, education has taken cut after cut. I would love to see Mr. Heartz awarded this special recognition that he is well-deserving of!
Mrs. Cathy Klewer
Jerusalem Elementary School – Oregon City Schools
Nominated by Jessica Gordon
This is probably going to seem simple to some, but to me this is the best any parent could ask for. Following the horrific school massacre in Connecticut, the Oregon City Schools had additional police presence in their schools on the children\’s first day back in school. An email was sent to the parents explaining that the police would be there, not because anything is wrong, but to provide an additional sense of security to the kids. Worried that my 8 year old son might think that the police were at his school building because of a problem, I took the time to explain to him why there would be police at his school and assuring him the police were there to keep him safe. His response was immediate and matter-of-fact. He said, \”Mom, I don\’t need police at my school to keep me safe. My teacher keeps me safe. She told my class that she is always watching all of us and she will always make sure that we are safe\”. Knowing that in spite of all of the grisly news my son had overheard over the weekend and the tough talk that he and I had had about the school shootings, that my son had zero hestitation about his safety at school because of this woman is something that I can\’t find the words to explain the value of. I thought Mrs. Klewer was a great teacher before this conversation with my son. She is creative. For example, when the kids were learning about America she started a postcard drive asking parents to have friends and family send postcards to her class at the school address from as many states as possible. She communicates with the parents constantly. But, none of those things compare to how I felt when my son said that. I am sure our community is full of wonderful educators, but for my nomination I would like to see Mrs. Cathy Klewer, 2nd grade at Jerusalem Elementary School be the next teacher of the month.
Mrs. Allison Ames
DeVeaux Elementary School – Toledo, OH
Cognitive Transitional Teacher
Nominated by Stacey Young
Mrs. Ames is a Cognitive Transitional teacher at DeVeaux. This is the second year my daughter has had her as a teacher. My daughter is blind, visually impaired, hearing impaired and cognitively delayed. Mrs. Ames has never worked with a child like Schyler but she went above and beyond to learn as much as she could so she could teach my daughter. She has been an amazing positive person for all of the children in her class. A feel a caring teacher that deserves Teacher of the Month is one that thinks outside of the box for each individual child. Mrs. Ames is Teacher of the Month every month in my book!
Nominated by Michelle Rousselo
We transferred my daughter from another school due to a merger from the 2011/2012 school year. We did not want to leave our other school, but felt that we had no choice and perused other options. We found St. Joseph’s school and was quite pleased with the staff there.
Little did I know how much my 2nd grade daughter, my husband and myself would love Mrs. Miazgowicz. The 1st couple weeks of school my daughter was settling into a new environment, trying to make new friends and get that “comfort zone” that she was missing from her previous school. My daughters teacher called us right before school started to see if we had any questions or concerns and to let us know that she was looking forward to having our daughter in class. How many teachers ever make those kind of efforts? During the 1st couple of weeks of school my daughter was struggling with adjusting to this new environment, was rushing on her school work and not applying herself very well. My daughters teacher called and emailed me the concerns of these issues. Together we came up with solutions as for what we should do at home as well as what she was going to be doing at school to help my child. For this teacher to go out of her way and make special efforts to help my daughter with her school work as well as making her feel special during a time when she’s new to the school and trying to fit in. This teacher deserves credit for all that she does for her students. My daughter looks forward to going to school every morning knowing that she is being taught by Mrs. Miazgowicz. She has a way of not only teaching these children effectively, but also in a way where the students are having fun! I please ask that you consider her for Teacher of the Month. She deserves it Thanks.