Diana Lang, who teaches second grade at Hilliard Crossing Elementary, was named "Educator of the Year" by the Hilliard High Schools Alumni Association last week.

Diana Lang, who teaches second grade at Hilliard Crossing Elementary, was named "Educator of the Year" by the Hilliard High Schools Alumni Association last week.

"I do this for the love of the children," Lang said when she received the award April 29 at the district's annex building.

Tom Calhoon, president of the Alumni Association, read excerpts from nominations submitted by parents.

"Shortly after school started, we received a note that Mrs. Lang wanted to visit our homes," wrote one parent. "We were scheduled for a 30-minute visit. She stayed for over an hour. She completely let our daughter take the lead on the discussion and the things that were important enough for her to share with her teacher ...

"Each month, Mrs. Lang also hosts a family night in her classroom ... each one has been a positive experience, and our daughter loves the opportunity to spend some quality time with both of her parents, learning ...

"She clearly goes above and beyond the call of duty. She said she loves her kiddos, and that is so evident."

Surrounded by her children and past and present students, Lang said, "They make my job easy, they make my job fun they teach me so much every day, they work so hard every day, and because of them, I'm here."

Diana Lang grew up in Canton, attended Canton South High School and received degrees from Capital and Ohio State universities.

Lang said visiting her students' homes was her idea.

"I wanted to get to know the children in their home environment so I could bring their interests into the classroom," she said.

Alumniassociation secretary Vivian Brown said Lang would receive a $500 check, and the other Educators of Excellence would receive a $100 check, all to be used in their classroom or school, and supported through the Hilliard Education Foundation.

Calhoon recognized other Educators of Excellence during the 90-minute ceremony, such as Bradley High School art teacher Janet Dewey, who will be retiring after 21 years of teaching; and Tharp guidance counselor Shawn Morgan, who commutes to Hilliard everyday from Fredericktown. He read each educator's nominations, which were submitted by parents, fellow educators and students.

"You can see why Hilliard City Schools is 'Excellent with Distinction'," Calhoon said. "It's these ladies and gentlemen in our classrooms every single day, and the leadership that their principals and building administrators allow them to do their jobs."

Here are the other 2010 Hilliard City School District Educators of Excellence, as named by the Hilliard High Schools Alumni Association last week: HCSD Preschool, Samantha Bortz; Alton Darby Elementary, Andrea Waselko, literacy coordinator; Britton Elementary, Amy Smedley, third grade; Darby Creek Elementary, Susie Scott, third grade; Hilliard Horizon Elementary, Susan Donley, title reading; J.W. Reason Elementary, Sara Firestone, third grade; Norwich Elementary, Jeanne Falter, literacy coach; Ridgewood Elementary, Michelle Prince,second grade; Scioto Darby Elementary, Phyllis Brown, media specialist.

Hilliard Station Sixth Grade, Susan Cook, sixth grade; Hilliard Tharp sixth grade, Shawn Morgan, guidance counselor; Hilliard Heritage Middle School, Cyndy Decker, family consumer science; Hilliard Memorial Middle School, Kyleen Calabrese, eighth grade; Hilliard Weaver Middle School, Dave Swallie, seventh grade; Hilliard Bradley High School, Janet Dewey, art; Hilliard Darby High School, Dawn Sayre, assistant principal; Hilliard Davidson High School, Mark Sholl, music.

Note: Avery Elementary, Beacon Elementary, Brown Elementary, Hoffman Trails Elementary and Washington Elementary did not submit any nominations.