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The Best of the Best THIS YEAR’S OUTSTANDING EDUCATORS ARE JUST A SAMPLING OF OUR REGION’S GREAT TEACHERS

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his year’s winners of our eighth annual K-12 Outstanding Educator Recognition Program are from public and private schools in both Ohio and Kentucky. Our committee picked teachers who went above and beyond expectations, and we’re honored to list these exemplary educators as well as tell one of their stories.

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AND THE WINNERS ARE Kathy Backherms Music Saint Ursula Academy CINCINNATI, OHIO

Erin Bannon

Sixth Grade Science Colerain Middle School CINCINNATI, OHIO

Erin Bole

Lisa Earnest

English DePaul Cristo Rey High School CINCINNATI, OHIO

Science Middletown Christian Schools FRANKLIN, OHIO

Melinda Boyd

Librarian Bethany School GLENDALE, OHIO

Kelly Flick

Seventh Grade Science Madiera Middle School CINCINNATI, OHIO

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Kate Gandenberger

Pat Hemingway

Fifth Grade Math & Science St. James School CINCINNATI, OHIO

Katie Keuffer

Fourth Grade St. Veronica Parish School CINCINNATI, OHIO

Art St. Veronica Parish School CINCINNATI, OHIO

Jan Herrmann Adam Gardner

Music and Drama St. Veronica Parish School CINCINNATI, OHIO

Art Villa Madonna Academy High School/ Jr. High VILLA HILLS, KENTUCKY

Jane Kyle

Dan Greene

Molly Hoctor

Leann Lewis

Elementary St. Gertrude School

Second Grade St. James School CINCINNATI, OHIO

MADEIRA, OHIO Michelle Hofmann Second Grade Our Lady of Victory CINCINNATI, OHIO

Karina Gross

Music Cincinnati Christian Schools FAIRFIELD, OHIO

Kim Icsman

French, World Languages Saint Ursula Academy CINCINNATI, OHIO

Saloni Hemani

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Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator DePaul Cristo Rey High School CINCINNATI, OHIO

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Your first step to a better life.

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Special Education Piner Elementary School MORNING VIEW, KENTUCKY

English Simon Kenton High School INDEPENDENCE, KENTUCKY

Jessica Long

Biology Mariemont High School CINCINNATI, OHIO

Carol Lumpkin

Fourth Grade Fort Wright Elementary School FORT WRIGHT, KENTUCKY


ERICKA SIMMONS Principal, Mariemont Elementary School

When she’s not getting hugs and high fives from students, Ericka Simmons guides Mariemont to unrivalled levels of success. Under her direction, the school was honored as one of 349 National Blue Ribbon Schools, receiving the status of “Exemplary High Performing School.” Mariemont also earned the Momentum Award from the State Board of Education of Ohio for the third straight year, formally signifying consistent academic growth.

Kelli Nitardy

Kathy Lynn

Special Education Fort Wright Elementary School FORT WRIGHT, KENTUCKY

Music Our Lady of Victory CINCINNATI, OHIO

Jordan Paquet

Heather Mastin

Second Grade St. James School CINCINNATI, OHIO

English Simon Kenton High School INDEPENDENCE, KENTUCKY

Despite the recognition, Simmons, in her sixth year, believes there is still room for improvement. “We never arrive at this place of excellence,” she says. “It’s really a journey. Every year our students challenge us and push us towards implementing best practices in the classroom.” “She is a constant source of support for her staff members, both professionally and personally,” says Alex Lange, director of communications, “and will stop at nothing to make sure her students know they are cared for and loved at Mariemont Elementary.” – Noah Tong

Gina Smearsoll

Biology Cincinnati Christian Schools FAIRFIELD, OHIO

Kristin Smith

Intervention Specialist Taylor Elementary School CINCINNATI, OHIO

Erin McGhee

Lori Payne

Heather Talbert

English and Language Arts Taylor Elementary School CINCINNATI, OHIO

Math Bishop Fenwick High School FRANKLIN, OHIO

Ashley Milar

Cheryl Petry

Second Grade Middletown Christian Schools FRANKLIN, OHIO

Molly Walter

Fifth Grade Fort Wright Elementary School FORT WRIGHT, KENTUCKY

Molly Moehring

Vilma Salaverria

Spanish Middletown Christian Schools FRANKLIN, OHIO

Kindergarten Our Lady of Victory CINCINNATI, OHIO

Lynne Morris

Don Shields

Athletic Director/Physical Education DePaul Cristo Rey High School CINCINNATI, OHIO

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Math Villa Madonna Academy High School/Jr. High VILLA HILLS, KENTUCKY

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Special Education Beechgrove Elementary School INDEPENDENCE, KENTUCKY

Fourth Grade River Ridge Elementary School VILLA HILLS, KENTUCKY

Angela Young

Fourth Grade Math Madiera Elementary School CINCINNATI, OHIO

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