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21 more educators achieve 'master teacher' status

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The Dublin City School District last week added 21 master teachers to its lineup.

The Board of Education March 21 recognized 21 Dublin teachers who made it through the master teacher process.

Superintendent David Axner said the master teacher status, created by Senate Bill 2 takes at least 30 hours to achieve and requires leadership, educational growth and excellence in and outside the classroom.

To achieve the status, he said, teachers must write a 12-page narrative and include 10 pages of supporting evidence.

"We have a total of 94 master teachers in Dublin City Schools," Axner said.

Teachers who earned the master teacher status include:

Davis Middle School teacher Samantha Althouse, math; Grizzell Middle School teachers Kimberly Bahr, language arts, Jaclyn Bauman, language arts, Sharon Dechert, science, gifted intervention specialist Larry Hohman and math teacher April Lucas; Jerome High School teachers Bethany Cybak, math, and language arts teacher Heidi Muirhead; Karrer Middle School teachers Mary Jo Armstrong, art, math teacher Katherine O'Neal and Meghan Sparks, social studies and science;

Scottish Corners teachers Erika Fields, ELL, kindergarten teacher Michelle Hubert and fourth grade teacher Allison Scott; Sells Middle School teachers Matthew Berner, social studies, Shon Holland, science and Gretchen Taylor, language arts; Thomas Elementary fourth grade teachers Melody Allen and Beth Campanale; and Wright Elementary teachers Jodi Bisher, third grade, and Jaymie Obney, fifth grade.

"I don't know if there is a better time to do this," Axner said, noting the introduction of common core curriculum into classrooms and new teacher evaluations.

Science curriculum

In other district news, school board members were introduced to changes coming in the fall to the science curriculum in kindergarten and first, fourth, fifth and seventh grades.

New science curriculum for grades three and six were done this year, said Eydie Schilling, executive director of teaching and learning.

Grades two, eight and high school classes will see the shift in the 2014-15 school year, she said.

"What's different is they're all based on themes," Schilling said of the new science curriculum.

For example, grades K-2 are based on observations of the environment, grades 3-5 focus on interconnections with systems and grades 6-8 learn order and organization.

Lessons for kindergarten students will shift from items previously learned in second grade , such as weather and seasonal patterns and moon phases.

Some fourth-grade curriculum will shift to the first grade and teach students about living things and their environment as well as properties of objects.

Fourth- and fifth-graders will get some lessons from the seventh- and eighth-grade curriculum such as magnetism, electricity, solar systems and the laws of motion.

Seventh-grade curriculum will shift from the eight and ninth grade with lessons on thermal energy, the periodic table and transformation of energy.

The changes will mean professional development to ready teachers for the changes, Schilling said, as well as moving some books and tools to different grades.

Some new text books will have to be purchased to make sure it's age appropriate, Schilling said.

Other matters

The Dublin Board of Education also last week accepted the retirement of Glacier Ridge Elementary Principal Karen Szymusiak, who has been in the district 25 years.

The board also approved the termination of bus driver Stacy Marcum.

Marcum lost her bus driving privileges from the Ohio Department of Education after being found guilty of driving while under the influence of alcohol late last year.

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