Gahanna Lincoln High School theater teacher Cindi Macioce has been named the 2014 Educators' Voice Secondary School Teacher by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International.
Educators' Voice honorees are determined by popular vote similar to the People's Choice awards.
"I was very surprised as well as humbled and honored," Macioce said.
Macioce, who teaches introduction to theater, theater appreciation, performance studio and introduction to musical theater, was nominated by former principal Dwight Carter.
"Cynthia is a leader in the building because of how well she relates to students, engages the community and collaborates with staff," Carter said. "She also directs three black-box productions and three main-stage productions throughout the school year."
Nominations and community voting for the the Educators' Voice awards began April 7 and closed May 15. During that period, nominations were received in 26 categories across the education field.
As one of the honorees, Macioce automatically becomes a member of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Council of Peers.
The academy comprises a board of governors, a council of peers and an executive committee.
Macioce also is entered for consideration as a candidate for a Bammy Award to be presented by the Academy in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 27.
The Educators' Voice and Bammy honors are presented by the academy, which includes education leaders, education professors, journalists, editors, researchers, commentators, advocates, activists, visionaries and pioneers.
Members of the academy select the Bammy Awards honorees while the online education community determine who receives the Educators' Voice Award by voting on the Bammy Awards website for the nominated people, programs or organizations they believe are making a significant difference in the field.
The Bammy Award is a cross-discipline honor that identifies and acknowledges teachers, principals, superintendents, school nurses, support staff, advocates, researchers, school custodians, early childhood specialists, education journalists, parents and students.