Two longtime Gahanna educators and a veteran Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation volunteer are being honored with the 2019 Dale Foor Cornerstone Awards.
Sharon Cremean, Christy List and Karen McCafferty will be recognized at 10 a.m. Monday, May 20, in the auditorium at Gahanna Lincoln High School, 140 S. Hamilton Road.
The Cornerstone Award is an annual recognition of builders of excellence, according to Sharon Tomko, Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation president and community relations outreach coordinator.
Tomko said the community is invited to the recognition event.
Although she began her teaching career at Lincoln Elementary School in 1988, Gahanna resident Sharon (Blackburn) Cremean was no stranger to Gahanna schools.
Cremean attended from third grade until her graduation from Gahanna Lincoln High School in 1964, a member of the first class to graduate from what was the new high school.
A 1968 graduate of Ohio State University, Cremean later became active in the PTA and many school volunteer programs as her three children attended and graduated from Gahanna schools.
Cremean was a reading specialist at Lincoln Elementary for 20 years before retiring.
While at the school, she became a National Board-certified teacher and spent three weeks in Japan as part of a teacher-exchange program provided by the Fulbright Memorial Teacher Fund.
She also authored "Beginning Reading Recovery" books for McGraw-Hill, publishing seven books in 1996.
After retiring in 2006, Cremean became a substitute teacher and continued to volunteer at Lincoln and Blacklick elementary schools as a reading tutor.
In addition, Cremean also serves many children throughout the area with her efforts at the One-Room Schoolhouse in Gahanna, next to Lincoln Elementary.
Cremean is responsible for finding and training schoolmarms and schoolmasters to lead day-long field trips at the schoolhouse.
Every third-grade class in Gahanna visits the schoolhouse, which also is open to scout troops, senior groups and local organizations.
"Sharon has dedicated an enormous amount of time to scheduling tours for the One-Room Schoolhouse," said Tom Gregory, a Lincoln High School teacher and longtime Gahanna resident. "In order to coordinate all these groups, it takes a tremendous amount of time and creativity. So many Gahanna students are better in the long run for all that she has done."
Cremean resides in Gahanna with her husband, Steve.
New Albany resident Christy List, previously a longtime resident of Gahanna and a 1989 graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School, has been involved with the school district for many years.
"I didn't care much about school at the time, but I had great teachers in the district that helped me get through school," List said.
Once her daughters, Callie and Kara, started school, she said, she wanted to give back to the district that had given her so much.
List could be found in the elementary school classrooms and the middle school store, running various school fundraisers and organizing registration for the high school.
"No matter what capacity, under her leadership and direction the PTA flourished and supported the children, teachers and parents in the High Point Community," said Kathleen Erhard, High Point Elementary School principal.
One of List's biggest contributions to the school district was her involvement with the education foundation.
For many years, List was the silent-auction chairwoman for its big fundraising event, the Gahanna Gala. List recruited volunteers, solicited auction items, managed corporate tables, secured printing services and opened her home as the site to gather and process all auction items. Because of her contributions to the education foundation, thousands of dollars were raised to support student initiatives across the district, according to Tomko.
"Christy List has what simply can be described as having an amazing heart for all of our kids in our schools, as well as the Gahanna community," said Tim Gagliardo, high school assistant principal.
Besides her volunteer work, List and her husband, Blair, each own businesses in central Ohio.
When she isn't working or volunteering, she enjoys traveling with her family, including her daughters and a son-in-law, Collin.
New Albany resident Karen McCafferty has been an educator for 35 years at Royal Manor Elementary School.
She is a 1979 graduate of Otterbein University, where she received a bachelor's degree in education. McCafferty's first experience with Gahanna schools was as an intern at Lincoln Elementary.
She has since taught for 35 years at Royal Manor Elementary School, working for three different principals.
After eight years as an educator, she was the first woman in the district to be appointed head teacher in her building, according to Tomko.
McCafferty's first 17 years were spent in the third-grade classroom, working alongside co-workers who have become longtime friends.
She taught at a number of grade levels, and finished her career in what she said was her dream job as a kindergarten teacher.
McCafferty said she has fond memories of working with wonderful staff and families.
Since retirement, she has spent the past five years volunteering weekly at both Blacklick and Royal Manor elementary schools, as a classroom volunteer. She also is one of the Royal Manor Literacy Library coordinators.
"Karen's upbeat personality worked well with our son and our family," said Barb Gallaugher, parent of a former student. "Karen worked one-on-one with the students as needed, and in the summer before school started she met with each student individually.
"The families of many of her past students still look at her today as one of their favorite teachers," Gallaugher said.
In addition to her classroom volunteering, she volunteers for Relay for Life, BC4C and the Friendship Club of Licking County.
McCafferty's interests include traveling and spending time with family, which includes her husband, Tom.