The Bexley City School District gave a celebratory send-off to its 2014 retirees and recognized award winners at its annual Education Appreciation Banquet held April 24, at Capital University.
Marlee Snowdon, president of the Bexley Board of Education, presented the Friend of Education Award to community volunteer Betty Brown. In the six different nominations submitted, Brown was applauded for service as chairwoman of the district's Health and Wellness Committee, being an initiator of "Try It Tuesdays" in the district's cafeterias and her work with a "Recycle 5" effort.
Bexley High School senior Zoe Greenblott picked up the PTO Council's Jarvis Memorial Scholarship for having a good academic record and moral character and service to her school and community.
Amanda Kaiser, American Sign Language interpreter, was honored with the Marcus Jarosch Memorial Friend of Special Education Award. Given to a staffer who contributes to the "education, growth and development of the special needs student in our district."
Mike Featherstone, a social studies teacher at Bexley High School, formally received the Robert A. Glick Bexley Educator of the Year Award.
Among the 2014 retirees recognized were Jeff Smallwood, Bexley High School English teacher and leader of the Senior Project program; Melissa McCarthy, Cassingham Elementary School physical education specialist; MaryAnn Claydon, first-grade teacher at Cassingham; Frances Bauer-Morrow, director of special education; Marlene Graves, cook; Nonon Mathews, music specialist at Montrose Elementary School; Steve Podlasiak, science teacher at Bexley Middle School; Sandy Rainey, Spanish teacher at Bexley High School; Carol Steiner, Maryland Elementary School teacher in early literacy proficiency; and Sue Umpleby, intervention specialist/teacher leader at Montrose.