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December Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to our November Teachers of the Month: TJ Potterf, Katie Summers and Leslie Alicea! Thank you to everyone who nominated teachers this month. We had an impressive pool of nominations and it was so satisfying to read from students, parents, and teachers about the difference teachers are making in students’ lives this year. Take a look at some of the wonderful things their nominators shared about these outstanding educators in Westerville City Schools and be sure to nominate the amazing teachers in your school!

Special thank you to Education First Credit Union, who sponsors our special Teacher of the Month program each month. Winners get $100 to use in their classroom fund, they are featured on our website with past winners, and they get the fame and glory this month.

Congratulations to these teachers and thank you to ALL our Westerville City School teachers for all that you do to support our students!

Pointview Elementary - TJ Potterf

“Ms. TJ is one of the kindest and most loving people I have ever met. She puts so much thought and effort into preparing meaningful activities for her Kindergarten students. She takes the time to celebrate little victories with a great big "OH YEAH" so that each student feels good about themselves.” - Kelly Ocheltree, Pointview Teacher

“Mrs. Potterf has gone above and beyond to make Kindergarten an amazing experience for my son, Julian. In what I can imagine is a very challenging season to teach, she has made learning fun! During a sharing time in class, each student was asked what their favorite part of the day was. When my son had a chance to answer this question, he pointed to Mrs. Potterf and

said her name. Julian looks forward to going to school so he can learn from Mrs. Potterf. He has even cried at the end of the week when he knows he won't see her until his cohort is back in-person.” - Family Member of Student

ELC Preschool - Katie Summers

“Miss Katie has made such an impact on our daughter and her growth as a preschooler. Her ability to embrace our daughter from the classroom to staying connected virtually is so appreciated. Brooklyn has grown in so many ways in the year and a half since joining the ELC family and we want to express our gratitude to her teacher Miss Katie. Miss Katie has served as a source of strength and stability for our daughter in these trying

times for everyone. She has instilled a love of school and learning in a little girl who was once indifferent to playing with others and not willing to take directions or change directions. We are so grateful for her opportunity to be in Miss Katie’s

Classroom.” - Family Member of student

Cherrington Elementary - Leslie Alicea

“Leslie Alecia is one of the top, best teachers I have ever met. She is one of the most compassionate human beings I have ever met. She has gone above and beyond what is asked

to make my son feel like a star and help him overcome some huge hurdles academically

and emotionally. My son was diagnosed with dyslexia And ADHD last year and felt like he was not smart and would never learn to read. Compound this with having to learn virtually with WVA due to family health issues, his own health issues, being temporarily rehoused and losing

much of his belongings due to house issues, and he had shut down academically. Into this

situation comes Leslie Alecia, a ray of sunshine. Mrs. Alecia comes on the zoom meetings with him with such joy, makes him feel so supported emotionally, and cheers him on when learning gets tough. She also knows right when to stop and just talk and encourage him when he is struggling emotionally. He loves every day that he gets to work with her and for the first time he is making real progress and can read books fluently! We are so grateful to her. She is one in a million.” Family member of student

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