The Reynoldsburg Education Association recognized a number of teachers during the 2012-13 school year in an Educator of the Month process that teacher Annette Hawley said has replaced the annual Teacher of the Year banquet.
"Nominations came from other Reynoldsburg Education Association members," she said. "We posted all the nominations on our website, then randomly drew one name each month from the submissions to be recognized, and those teachers were awarded $50 Easton gift cards."
Teachers recognized are Keesha Ball, STEM Middle and Baldwin Road schools; Rachel Whetstone; STEM Middle and Baldwin Road schools; Amanda Hughes, French Run Elementary School; Ruth Bilderback, Baldwin Road and Waggoner Road junior high schools; Lindsay Slanec, Gateway at Baldwin Road; Amy McKibben, Gateway at Baldwin Road; Lorraine Gaughenbaugh, Summit Road STEM Elementary School; and Chris Brown, BELL Academy.
Hawley said all the teachers were nominated by their peers for "going above and beyond to serve and inspire students, families and colleagues."
She said Whetstone, for example, took on additional responsibilities with Baldwin Road Junior High School's Bully Patrol.
"Through Rachel's efforts, her fifth-grade students designed the concept, application, guidelines and Bully Patrol badges," Hawley said. "She read through each application, selected the patrol and created a schedule for the students.
"The whole concept is wonderful," she said. "The students have united to stop bullying in the building and her homeroom has learned about organizing schoolwide functions."
French Run teacher Pam Nutter said Hughes has "done an amazing job as one of our intervention teachers."
Teacher David Schottner nominated Gaughenbaugh.
"Teaching art, technology and drama, Lorraine organized a schoolwide art show that raised thousands of dollars for our PTO and brought hundreds of families to school on a week night for the art show and pasta dinner," he wrote on the nomination form. "Lorraine also orchestrated the visit of OSU students to perform Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which she has been teaching to our elementary students in Dramatic Inquiry class this year."
Hawley said the monthly recognition is a way "to celebrate Reynoldsburg teachers."