For the second year in a row, a Manchester Local Schools teacher is the Teacher of the Year in Summit County.
Shari Gardner, who teaches third grade at Nolley Elementary, received the honor at the Education Celebration program Monday at the University of Akron’s Student Union Conference Center.
The Summit County Educational Service Center holds the annual event to honor teachers, as well as individuals and businesses that have made long-term contributions to education. Community members nominated teachers; county school district superintendents and representatives of the businesses, media and education sponsors selected the 20 nominees for the all-county teaching team.
Gardner was chosen from that team as Teacher of the Year. She has spent all 23 years of her teaching career at Nolley.
The 2010 Teacher of the Year, Sandra McClain, teaches chemistry at Manchester High School.
The 2011 Rookie of the Year, awarded to teachers with three or fewer years on the job, is first-grade teacher Ally Wehmann at Fort Island Primary in the Copley-Fairlawn district. She was selected from 10 nominees.
R. Louis Daugherty received the individual “Lifetime Educator Award.” He was the fifth superintendent of the Summit County Office of Education and retired in 1995 after seven years. He worked with other county superintendents and the state legislature to create educational service centers, which replaced the county offices in 1995.
The Akron Beacon Journal received the Lifetime Educator award for businesses for its Newspaper in Education program and participation in Akron Reads and the Millennium Fund for Children, among other civic engagements.
Gardner received $500 from the Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies to spend on classroom materials and enrichment experiences.
The Ohio National Guard awarded $200 scholarships to Gardner, Wehmann and to the schools designated by the winners of the Lifetime Educator awards.
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