Honoring Educators


The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation recognizes that Deep Learning and Excellent Teaching starts at the classroom level. The Ohio public school teachers and educators recognized here have demonstrated a commitment to those two themes. Their voices about what is important to prepare students for the future is echoed through their exemplary work.

Please join us in honoring those who have set an example by pursuing and implementing excellent teaching and deep learning practices.

Educator Awards

Each year the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation recognizes and rewards a group of Ohio’s most effective educators by presenting several individuals with top educator awards. The honors are bestowed at the Foundation’s annual Educators Retreat.

The 2017 awardees are (pictured l. to r.): Martha Halemba, Master Teacher Award, Hudson High School, Hudson City Schools; James Reding, Arthur S. Holden Teacher Award for Excellence in Science Education, Granville High School, Granville Exempted Village Schools; Peter Petto, George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education, Lakewood High School, Lakewood City Schools; Claire Browne and Kathleen McAndrews, Team Teaching Award, Berry Intermediate School, Lebanon City Schools; and David James, Ohio Superintendent Outstanding Performance Award, Akron City Schools.

2016 Awardees

Michael Zalar, Ohio Superintendent Outstanding Performance Award (North Olmsted City Schools)
Keri Stoyle, Master Teacher (Leighton Elementary, Aurora City Schools)
Shannon Wetzler, George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education (Meadowbrook High School, Rolling Hills Local Schools)
David Murduck, Arthur S. Holden Teacher Award for Excellence in Science Education (Champion Middle School, Champion Local Schools)

Jennings Fellows

These master teachers were nominated by their districts to participate in the Jennings Educators Institute in the fall of 2016 and took the extra steps to put what they learned into practice and to reflect as a professional learning community. In addition to the three weekend workshop meetings as part of the Institute, the Fellows attended a session in December to collaborate with professional peers and to plan a unit for implementation.

To be a Jennings Fellow, teachers were required to design and implement lessons incorporating the ideas presented by the Jennings Institute. Additionally, they were required to reflect on the experience and present to their professional peers about how the teaching strategies in the newly developed units impacted students and enhanced their own personal practice to better engage learners. The presentations relied on a strong reflection component regarding the experience. Some examples of reflective questions included: What were the challenges? What was difficult? What was unexpected? Were there issues with implementation? What did you learn? How did this impact your practice? How will you continue to use these ideas, and perhaps revise more lessons?

In May, the group met collectively once again for a culminating event where they shared the results.Their presentations were accompanied by a poster documenting their experience preparing and implementing the Jennings-informed lessons.

2017 Jennings Fellows

(Listed as pictured l. to r.)

Jill Mohr, J.F. Burns Elementary School, Kings Local School District
Jennifer Weiler, Boyd E. Smith, Milford Local School District,
Nancy Flickinger, Great Oaks at Taylor High School, Three Rivers Local School District
Shannon Jones, Loveland Early Childhood Center, Loveland City School District
Sarah Preda, West Elementary School, Fairfield City School District
Rachel Thorman, Taylor High School, Three Rivers Local School District
Michell Thompson, Mulberry Elementary School, Milford Local School District
Heather Dingus, Mulberry Elementary School, Milford Local School District
Leslie Hattemer, Robert A. Taft Information Tech High School, Cincinnati Public Schools
Rebeka Beach, Robert A. Taft Information Tech High School, Cincinnati Public Schools
Michelle Watts, Grad Cincinnati
Joseph Brooksbank, Stewart Elementary School, Princeton City Schools
Cheryl Zachry, Liberty Junior School, Lakota Local School District

(not pictured):
Amy Ossola, Pattison Elementary School, Milford Local School District

2016 Jennings Fellows



Jennifer Ahlfors, Hayes Intermediate School, South Western City Schools
Elaine Blakely, Northland High School, Columbus City Schools
Susan Deacon, Johnnycake Corners Elementary School, Olentangy Local Schools
Barbara Demming, Monroe Elementary School, Jonathan Alder Local Schools
Sherese Dent, Tussing Elementary School, Pickerington Local Schools
Rae Ann Dollmatsch, Tussing Elementary, Pickerington Local Schools
Mallory Farquhar, Riverside Elementary School, Dublin City Schools
Amber Harris, Bloom Carroll Middle School, Bloom-Carroll Local Schools
Meghan Johnson, Hayes Intermediate School, South Western City Schools
Rachel Jones, Fairbanks Elementary School, Fairbanks Local Schools
Kathleen Kleemeyer, Northland High School, Columbus City Schools
Susan Kucharek, Worthington Kilbourne High School, Worthington City Schools
Rebecca Kelly Ondo, Woodward Park Middle School, Columbus City Schools
JeNell Roberts, Woodward Park Middle School, Columbus City Schools
Lauren Scott, Glacier Ridge Elementary, Dublin City Schools
Deborah Shepherd, Northland High School, Columbus City Schools
Rebecca Thompson, Centerburg Elementary School, Centerburg Local Schools


Jennings Fellows sharing final projects in April

Teachers Awarded Grants-to-Educators 


Danielle Chine, Austintown Local Schools
Phyllis Davis, A+ Arts Academy
Sheila Felix, Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools
Ann Gerber, Norwayne Local Schools
Caroline Grooms-Lowe, Manchester Local Schools
Amber Hardwick, Kent City Schools
Nichole Helenthal, Ashland County Community Academy
Martha Loughridge, Montessori Development Partnerships
Michelle Lyons, Manchester Local Schools
Marie Markward, Van Wert City Schools
Jackie Mercer, Crestview Local Schools
Tia Sherrick, Bath Local Schools
Ronda Smith, Liberty-Benton Local Schools
Angela Sprain, Chippewa Local Schools
Monica Vernon, Riverside Local Schools
Jen Wobser, Edison Local Schools
Jodi Wolf, Midview Local Schools


Jordan Ankerman, Licking Heights Local Schools
Sam Appleby, Akron City Schools
Daneen Baller, Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools
Kimberlee Bassett, Coventry Local Schools
Kimberly Beek, Central Local Schools
Susan Benedict, Solon City Schools
Alexia Boyles, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools
Monique Binkley, Akron City Schools*
Laura Blandine, North Canton City Schools
John Brockway, Hudson City Schools*
Tishina Brown-Harris, Eastern Local Schools
Angela Byers-Johnson, Portsmouth City Schools
Karen Campbell, Ashtabula Area City Schools
Kelli Cantrell, Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Danielle Chine, Austintown Local Schools
Donna Clark, Van Wert City Schools
Steven Clark, Shelby City Schools
Natasha Crooks, Switzerland of Ohio Local Schools
Pamela Eason, Maple Heights City Schools*
Andrea Ellerbrock, Pandora-Gilboa Local Schools
Haley Evans, Ridgewood Local Schools
Jennifer Fosnight, Twinsburg City Schools*
Roxanne Fox, City Day Community School
Ann Gerber, Norwayne Local Schools
Adam Gorski, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools
Kathy Gregory, Toledo City Schools
Zachary Griffith, Akron City Schools
Jerry Hites, Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools
Heather Hoover, Steubenville City Schools
Dean Horvath, Maple Heights City Schools*
Tracy Jennings, Princeton City Schools
Mark Johnson, Ontario Local Schools
Matthew Kaullen, Bryan City Schools
Julie Knapke, Northmont City Schools
Mark Kotlarz, Maple Heights City Schools*
Bonnie Kovacic, Perry Local Schools
Stacy Latham, Barberton City Schools
Matthew Luginbill, Cuyahoga Heights Local Schools
Debbie McNaull, Ashland City Schools
Cara Misitigh, Akron City Schools*
Susan Monticelli, Claymont City Schools
Jayne Neufarth, Ross Local Schools
Mindy Newell, Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools
Ryan Petitti, Tolles Career and Technical Center
Alexis Pietra-Freeman, Perry Local Schools

Susan Pileski, Lorain City Schools*
Polly Poppy, Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools*
Helen Redinger, Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools

Rebecca Reese, Hudson City Schools*
Jennifer Reid, Dayton Regional STEM Schools Inc.
Stephanie Reynolds, Northmont City Schools*
Bridget Scofinsky, West Branch Local Schools
Michael Seifert, Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools
Danielle Shaub, Lake Local Schools
Susan Tenon, Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools
Dawn Stephens, Riverside Local Schools
Michael Thomas, Garfield Heights City Schools
Shannon Thomas, Twinsburg City Schools*
J. Gary Traverny, Crestwood Local Schools
Brenda Troyer, Paulding Exempted Village Schools
Shannon Turner, Bellevue City Schools
Jill Vogelgesang, Bath Local Schools
Denise Ward, United Local Schools
Crystal Whipkey, Findlay City Schools
Daniel Whitely, Orange City Schools
Sandra Wilder, Akron City Schools
Jane Williams, Adams County/Ohio Valley Schools
Keven Wise, Margaretta Local Schools
Melody Wishin, Benjamin Logan Local Schools
Jen Wobser, Edison Local Schools
Jodi Wolf, Midview Local Schools
Christina Wooley, Hudson City Schools
Joshua Woodie, Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools
Jaqueline Woods, Wellington Exempted Village Schools
Juliet Zavesky, Medina City Schools*

* Educators who received recognition in 2017 as Excellent Teachers of Science or Mathematics, Team Teachers, or as a Master Teacher