A disco ball probably isn't in the future for the teachers lounge at St. Francis DeSales High School.
"I think the hot-tub thing is probably going to be ruled out," social studies teacher Colleen Mascarin said.
But $20,000 worth of improvements are on the way to the faculty lounge at DeSales, thanks to veteran teacher Ruth Seggerson, recently named the winner of the Teach Boldly Sweepstakes, hosted by PBS Education.
This summer, her school will receive a "teched-out" teachers lounge makeover, courtesy of local PBS station WOSU-TV.
Seggerson, a Northland resident, said she couldn't remember if it were Facebook or an email that alerted her to the Teach Boldly offer, but she signed up. Now her colleagues will have a nicer lounge when classes begin for the 2017-18 academic year.
"I thought, 'Why not put my name in?' " Seggerson said.
Seggerson is in her 34th year in the social studies department at DeSales. She said initially she wanted to become an investigative journalist, the result of growing up in the Watergate era and being entranced by the exploits of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
Seggerson enrolled at Sienna Heights College in Adrian, Michigan. Sienna Heights, however, didn't have a journalism program, so Seggerson majored in social studies.
"I think I eventually realized I wanted to coach and teach," she said.
After graduating from college, Seggerson took a job teaching and coaching girls volleyball, basketball and softball at Lima Central Catholic High School.
"I greatly enjoyed it," she said.
When her husband, Lawrence, got a job in Columbus, Seggerson applied for a position at DeSales, and has been there ever since.
And her fellow teachers will be glad of that.
"We are going to be grading in comfort, I think," Mascarin said. "Those late nights will be more comfortable, grading in a spruced-up lounge."
Seggerson isn't certain what the Teach Boldly makeover will involve, but hopes to have a sink put in, along with partitions so teachers who want to socialize over lunch won't disturb others grading papers.
"Teachers actually started a wish list in the teachers lounge, and it just grew and grew," Seggerson said.
That's where the tongue-in-check suggestions of a disco ball and wine bar came from.
"WOSU Public Media was delighted to find out that Ruth was awarded this national prize," Meredith Hart, marketing and communications director, wrote in an email. "To learn all the ways that Ruth uses quality PBS programming in the classroom is so gratifying ... She's been with DeSales for more than 30 years and for the impact that she and her colleagues have made on students to be recognized in this way is wonderful."