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Congratulations PTA educators of the year

Posted on: April 27, 2017
Tags: Highlanderstrong, Pta

The PTA organizations across the Oak Hills Local School District have named their recipients for the 2017 Educator of the Year awards. This award honors an eligible staff member who has contributed over and above what their job requires for their school and the children of Oak Hills School District. Each winner has demonstrated high involvement with the PTA, is a certified educator and participates in activities involving youth.

Nicole Heims of Delshire Elementary has been teaching art for three years, and has become an active member of the PTA. Heims also serves as Cheer Committee Chair, is a member of the Ohio Art Education Association and  previously served on the selection team for the Spanish Immersion program. During her time with Delshire, Heims has also helped to increase character building and positive behaviors of students through hosting school-wide events like Polar Express week and Kindness week where students earn points for positive behavior.

Alan Greeb and Janell Roeper, music teachers from C.O. Harrison Elementary, have worked to encourage the love of music in their students. Greeb has been teaching for 17 years, and is currently working to expand the music program at C.O. Harrison. Roeper is a first-year teacher who is quickly becoming a crucial member of the Colonel Community. This year the team has worked to initiate the first-ever third grade musical, organized a Reds night where students performed the national anthem and dramatically  increased the strings and band programs. In addition both teachers have provided support for several PTA-sponsored events including Family Fun Nights, the Walk-A-Thon and Everybody Counts.

Jessica Burlew from J.F. Dulles Elementary has been teaching for nine years, and has been an active PTA member throughout her career. In 2013 she was named Delshire’s Teacher of the Year. Currently, Burlew mentors high school students interested in teaching, runs “What’s Buzzing” where parents participate in science with their students, is active with the Oak Hills volleyball team and coached eighth grade volleyball at Delhi Middle School for five years.

From Oakdale Elementary, Sara Pollitt is currently a third grade math and science teacher who dedicated to raising money for Oakdale. Pollitt consistently attends  Oakdale events. Oakdale families often look forward to the events she supports including Oakdale Bash, dads night, game night, dining nights, skating parties and the Fairy Tale Ball. Pollitt continues to give her all in everything she does for Oakdale, and has previously received the “Golden Apple” award which recognizes staff who stand out in their work. Outside of her work with Oakdale, Pollitt is also the Delshire PTA 2nd Vice President.

Megan Knotts began her teaching career with Springmyer in August of 2013 and is an integral part of the leadership team at the elementary school. In 2016 Knotts was recognized for earning one of the top 1000 scores in the state  on the Resident Educator Summative Assessment. Outside of outstanding leadership and state performance, Knotts supports Springmyer events like the Bi-Annual Carnival, end-of-quarter celebrations, enrichment days, Walk-A-Thon and numerous holiday celebrations.

Bridgetown Middle School counselor, Teri Egbers has spent 22 years in education. During her time with the Oak Hills District, she has spent several years as a middle school and high school golf coach, is a co-advisor for the National Junior Honor Society and recently chose to coach the Bridgetown Basketball Cheer Team. Outside of her time as a coach and advisor, Egbers supports numerous events including the Color Run, movie night, Talent Town, dances, Bridgetown caring and sharing as well as helping to support programs at Springmyer.

Emily Futscher of Delhi Middle School, has been teaching history with the District for nine years. Futscher is dedicated to improving her community and takes part in a variety of activities including voter registration, Habitat for Humanity, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and several softball clinics across Cincinnati. Through her involvement with Delhi Middle School she continues to coordinate the middle school Washington, D.C. trip and as an active PTA member she supports the middle school dances, fundraisers and helps to maintain enrollment.

Will Beinkemper began a teaching career at Bridgetown Middle School in 2008, but in 2015 transitioned to Assistant Principal at Rapid Run Middle School. Beinkemper works hard to promote PTA events and objectives while attending each student-based event. In May of 2014, he was honored with the “Friend of Children” award and continues to push for improvement in all classroom learning.  

Dennis Martin, a math teacher from Oak Hills High School, has spent his entire 12-year career with the district and as a PTA member. During the 2014-2015 school year, Martin served on the PTA Board as 2nd Vice President. Outside of his PTA involvement, Martin works as the Student Council adviser, coordinates blood drives and helps to make the annual Oak Hills Powder Puff game possible.