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Malvern and Minerva teachers were among those honored at the Stark County Educational Service Center's Education Celebration held the evening of April 24 at R. G. Drage Career Center.
Brown Local's Carly Baudendistel and Minerva Local's Kayla Byrd were named Rookie Educators of the Year while Brown Local's Barbara Rossetti and Minerva Local's Scott Russell were named Teaching Team Honorees.
Rookie Educators have fewer than three years of teaching experience, display a passion for educating their students, and use innovation in the classroom. Each teacher received a certificate and a marble apple.
Rookies of the Year included: Coty Lipply, Alliance City; Ashley Hall, Canton City; Richard Clark, Canton Local; Briana Gallagher, Dalton Local; Megan Schneiter, Fairless Local; Callahan Benedetti, Green Local; Allison Kracker, Jackson Local; Kaitlyn Rushin, Lake Local; Joshua Lingenhoel, Louisville City; Emily Holzer, Marlington Local; Megan Goubeaux, Massillon City; Amanda Chaney, North Canton City; Andrea Doak, Northwest Local; Karre Butler, Osnaburg Local; Krista Heighway, Parochial East; Megan Ritchie, Parochial West; Jamie Salvino, Perry Local; Destinee Rocca, Plain Local; Gabrielle Ditullio, Sandy Valley Local; Jason Shaner, Stark County Area Vocational; Anna Rustifo-Sidhva, Stark County Educational Service Center; Chad West, Strasburg-Franklin Local; and Chelsie Tissot, Tuslaw Local.
Teaching Team Honorees display a history of going above and beyond to educate their students. These teachers inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; earn the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues; and play an active role in the community and their schools. Each honoree received a certificate and an engraved watch.
Teaching Team Honorees included: Shari Johnson, Alliance City; Kara Rankin, Canton City; Keith Long, Canton Local; Barb Ressler, Dalton Local; Christine Everhart, Fairless Local; Sarah Sears, Green Local; Matt Ziders, Jackson Local; Leslie Smith, Lake Local; Denise Wright, Louisville City; Cindy Bowser, Marlington Local; Spike Ridgley, Massillon City; Darrell Woods, North Canton City; Lisa Baiera, Northwest Local; David Samblanet, Osnaburg Local; Cara Pribula, Parochial East; Jennifer Burke, Parochial West; Karen Martin, Perry Local; Jacquenette Stichert-Blaydes, Plain Local; Kim Massey, Sandy Valley Local; Jan Cotterman, Stark County Vocational; Mary Ann Mastnick, Stark County Developmental Disabilities; Shannon Bann , Stark County Educational Service Center; Ellen Christy, Strasburg-Franklin Local; and Brian Robinson, Tuslaw Local.
Darrell Woods from Hoover High School was named the Teacher of the Year. He teaches conceptual physics, physics, and advanced placement physics. Woods has taught for 32 years with 16 years in the North Canton City District.
Maria Heege received the Lifetime Educator Award. She is the president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Stark County, where she has worked for more than 33 years.