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Teachers honored for earning special certification

Board also OKs contract for construction of three elementary schools

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Elementary math coach Gina Fill (holding certificate) is pictured with South-Western Board of Education members (from left) Randy Reisling, Karen Dover, Cathy Johnson, Mindy Garverick and Lee Schreiner Monday, Jan. 27, after being honored for attaining National Board Teacher Certification for the second time. The board also recognized new Master Teacher Theresa Hinterschied of Buckeye Woods Elementary School, but Hinterschied was unable to attend the meeting.

The South-Western Board of Education recognized two teachers who have met rigorous professional standards to earn special certification at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 27.

Buckeye Woods Elementary teacher Theresa Hinterschied has earned Master Teacher certification.

"The Master Teacher program allows teachers to demonstrate their practice based on the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession," said Deanna Lowers, the district's coordinator of staff development.

"A Master Teacher demonstrates excellence inside and outside of the classroom through consistent leadership and focused collaboration to maximize student learning" and maintains a goal of continued professional development, Lowers said.

A district committee of two administrators and three teachers reviewed a portfolio and a paper submitted by Hinterschied as part of the Master Teacher certification process, she said.

Hinterschied is the 49th South-Western teacher to earn Master Teacher certification, Lowers said.

She has taught for 21 years and is a graduate of Westland High School.

Hinterschied serves as a mentor in the district's resident educator program, Lowers said. She was unable to attend the meeting due to a family matter, officials said.

Gina Fill has earned designation as a National Board Certified Teacher for the second time.

She is the first South-Western teacher to earn the honor twice, Lowers said.

"National Board Certification is the highest achievement in the teaching profession," she said.

The performance-based assessment typically takes at least a year to complete, Lowers said.

As part of the process, teachers analyze their teaching context and students' needs, submit videos of their teaching and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement.

Fill is a math coach at Darby Woods and J.C. Sommer elementary schools.

She also leads a fitness and nutrition club for students, Lowers said.


Construction contact awarded

In other business Jan. 27, the board approved awarding the Barton Marlow Co. the contract for construction of Bolton Crossing, Darbydale and Finland elementary schools in phase II of the district's facilities project.

The company's bid of $38.068 million was the lowest combined bid for the contract to perform the construction work for all three schools, district officials said.

Nine companies submitted bids for construction of either one, two or all three schools.