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Creative Problem Solving
When the students of Shawnee High School in Lima returned to in-person learning at the beginning of the school year, most were excited to be back in class but still worried about the threat posed by COVID-19. Thankfully, visual arts teacher and president of the local teachers’ union Brian Krawetzke spent the summer helping lead his fellow educators in figuring out the best ways to keep SHS students safe without allowing their lessons to lag behind.

The Language of Learning
Since 1829, the Ohio School for the Deaf has provided education and resources to the state’s deaf and hard-of-hearing students. From the earliest indications of hearing loss, students and their families are welcomed into the school’s barrier-free communication curriculum by outstanding educators like Preschool Coordinator/Lead Teacher Gretchen Douglas and Dennis Williams who is also a Preschool Teacher as well as an Ohio School for the Deaf Alum.

Students Without Limits
Being physically active poses unique challenges to visually impaired youth. OEA Educators at the Ohio School for the Blind help students lead healthy lifestyles without limitations through both original and adaptive sports that focus on fitness, teamwork and fun.

Believing in a Better Tomorrow
At the Ohio Reformatory for Women, 17 general education and vocational teachers help over 800 women at a time reach for a better tomorrow. These students/inmates are all working toward the same goal: to graduate from the choices in life that led them to prison and into a new life of freedom through education.

Driving Literacy Home
Without easy access to books throughout the summer, some young readers may find themselves falling behind once the new school year begins. To fight this summer slide, teachers in the Princeton City School District (near Cincinnati, OH) have for years hit the streets with books in tow and taken the fight for literacy into the homes and communities of their students. Now, thanks to two ambitious educators, Princeton schools have a book mobile of their very own.

Fortifying Resources for Students
Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in Columbus, is home to some of the most promising, artistic young students from all of the city. Unfortunately, too many students know how difficult it can be to focus on their art and their academics when some of their basic needs for food, clothes, toiletries and school supplies aren’t always being met. That’s why English teacher (and Fort Hayes alum) Nancy de Leon has taken it upon herself to establish The F.O.R.T. Store, a program that helps high school students get the resources they need in order to succeed. | Special Thank You to California Casualty Insurance.

Creating Soft Places to Dream
When Trisha Baxter learned that cold sleepless nights were a problem for half of the students in her class, she decided to do something about it. Now, the impact she’s making outside the school building is having a lifelong effect on her students, their families, and the community. |

Bundled Up With Love
When she first started at Buckeye Valley East, kindergarten teacher Jen Dauber was surprised to see that some of her young students did not have the clothing they needed to stay warm in the harsh winter weather. That’s when she teamed up with her mother to make sure that all of the little ones in her class were well equipped to keep the cold at bay with homemade hats and scarves.

A Little Mindfulness in the Morning
Central Crossing High School instructors Rachel Rendle and Christa Russell help students jump start their day with yoga and mindfulness. Rendle: “It’s to help students learn how to respond versus just how to react.” Russell: “It’s how to be in the moment instead of thinking about the 45,000 other things that are going around them and in the future and in the past…just to be… here, now.”


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