The Ohio Department of Education has named Jonathan Juravich of Olentangy's Liberty Tree Elementary School the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year.

Juravich, a Clintonville resident, has taught art at Liberty Tree since the building opened in 2007. He also coaches cross country and track at Hyatts Middle School.

“Jon Juravich is a one-of-a-kind teacher who inspires young children to see the world in a new light, color or shape,” Liberty Tree Principal Terri Caton said in a statement. “His enthusiasm and passion for teaching, as well as the arts, engages young minds and allows them to open themselves up to something new and exciting."

The district surprised students with the announcement at an assembly Sept. 8 at the school in Liberty Township.

Read the full story in the Sept. 14 edition of ThisWeek Olentangy Valley News.