The first recipient of the Northland Community Council's Educator of the Year Award has spent her entire career teaching at a school that's being closed.
Cynthia Beck, a math teacher at Brookhaven High School, retired after 30 years. She will be honored Thursday, May 29, during the NCC's annual Volunteer Awards Banquet. The gathering will take place at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center.
Beck, who resides in Salem Village, was suggested for the first Educator of the Year Award by her principal at Brookhaven, Duane Bland.
"She goes over and beyond helping students and she keeps up the two flowered courtyards at Brookhaven," Bland wrote in an email to NCC President Emmanuel V. Remy when asked to suggest someone for the award.
"We had been talking about getting this started for some time," Remy said of honoring a teacher. "I wanted to recognize someone from Brookhaven in particular."
Columbus City Schools Board of Education members voted unanimously in March to close the 50-year-old high school.
A Policeman of the Year and Firefighter of the Year have long been honored at the awards banquet, along with residents nominated by their respective civic associations and community organizations.
-- Kevin Parks