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Centerville City Schools names Teacher of the Year

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
 Centerville City Schools names Teacher of the Year

Centerville City Schools recognized three middle school teachers during last night’s Board of Education meeting, including Sherry Kim, an English Language Arts teacher at Tower Heights Middle School, who was named the district’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.

“I love teaching because I get an opportunity to not only inspire my students academically, but personally,” Kim said. “Teaching affords me the opportunity to instill in them a love of reading and writing, and those are skills that hopefully they carry through for the rest of their lives.”

Kim worked in the business world before obtaining her master’s degree in education from Antioch University. She has taught for 20 years, with the last 15 in Centerville Schools, and has also taken on several leadership roles across the district. According to Dan Tarpey, Centerville’s Director of Human Resources, Kim is recognized as a high quality teacher who is dedicated to her students and an advocate for other teachers.

“One person wrote that the part about Sherry that always comes through year after year is her sense of passion and caring for her students,” Tarpey said. “Every year she has former students come back to visit her, and they always understand how much she loved and supported them.”

Kim will represent Centerville City Schools as the district’s finalist for the Ohio Teacher of the Year competition, where her credentials will be reviewed by a state selection panel this spring that will choose one individual to be honored as Ohio’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.

Also recognized at the meeting were Julie Howard, a French teacher at Magsig Middle School, and Gretchen Jansen, a math teacher at Watts Middle School.

Howard, a 2010 graduate of Wright State University, has taught French for eight years, with the last seven of those at Magsig.

“Julie contributes greatly to her students, and you see it in her classroom and in her teaching techniques,” said Magsig Principal Stacey Westendorf. “She goes above and beyond standard to meet the needs of her students.”

Also a Wright State graduate, Jansen has been a math teacher for 15 years, with 12 of those at Watts. She also works with the Science Olympiad teams at Watts.

“Gretchen is a very accomplished math teacher who is student-centered, accommodating to the needs of all students and focused at all times with delivering high-impact learning,” said Watts Principal Brian Miller.

Centerville City Schools serve more than 8,100 students in Centerville and Washington Township in southwest Ohio, offering a variety of educational programs to a diverse student population. The district operates 13 school buildings, as well as two preschools and a bus facility accommodating and servicing more than 100 buses. Visit www.centerville.k12.oh.us for more information.

Click here to view a brief video showcasing each of these teachers.

Julie Howard
Julie Howard, French teacher at Magsig Middle School
Gretchen Jansen
Gretchen Jansen, Math teacher at Watts Middle School

Sherry Kim

Sherry Kim, English Language Arts teacher at Tower Heights Middle School

 

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