An organization dedicated to empowering teachers, developing leaders, and improving schools systems, known as Battelle for Kids, recently recognized local educator Jennifer Stapleton as a distinguished educator.
Stapleton is a teacher at Sciotoville Community Schools, where she has served for 14 years, and was awarded for her impact on her students, colleagues, and the Sciotoville community.
The educator was among 42 teachers from across Ohio to receive the 2015 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator Award, as a representative of excellence in the teaching profession. The awards were presented during a program at the Educators Connect for Success Conference in Columbus over the summer.
Celebrate Teaching is Battelle for Kids’ commitment to celebrate, honor, and inspire great teaching.
Since 2012, the organization has recognized more than 150 outstanding teachers with the Distinguished Educator Award, each who have shown powerful results in the classroom. The 2015 class of Distinguished Educators were selected for demonstrating evidence of great teaching in multiple ways-including academic, non-cognitive, and community measures.
“The impact of a teacher starts with a student and reverberates through the classroom, the school, and the community. It is truly the gift that keeps on giving,” Jim Mahoney, executive director of Battelle for Kids, said. “Congratulations to all the outstanding teachers in the 2015 class of Distinguished Education, and thank you to the thousands of educators across Ohio who give so selflessly of themselves to teach our children.”
Stapleton works under Principal Michael Yeagle, who expressed pride in the teacher and said he believed she is deserving of the award.
“She (Stapleton) is a member of the school’s Leadership Team that helps guide instruction in our district,” Yeagle said. “She is highly respected by students and staff alike for her teaching practices and classroom management. Sciotoville Community School is proud to have Ms. Stapleton as a member of our staff and community.”
Stapleton said the entire ordeal was a surprise to her.
“I feel honored to have received the award. I had no idea I was receiving it; the whole thing was a surprise,” Stapleton said. “I am very proud to be a member of my school. I love my kids and my community. We achieve a lot with what we are given.”
Stapleton says she enjoys teaching 11th and 12th grade language arts at East High School and claims she also feels pride in guiding her students towards success.
“I guess my relationships with my students stand behind my award,” Stapleton said. “I get along with my students very well and I respect them. My students know I have high expectations for them, but only because I want the best for them.”
Stapleton recently spent time winding down from a year of teaching and a summer of planning with a trip to the beach, but is looking forward to returning to the classroom on September 2.
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