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Board of Ed honors two local teachers

March 27, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Staff Spotlight section of the Austintown Board of Education's March meeting agenda took center stage at March 21 meeting. Two Austintown educators were recognized for their achievements as well as the entire district.

Recognized were AMS eighth grade Language Arts teacher Angela Yohman and Mathematics Instructional Coach Heather Wukelich.

Yohman was selected by the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA) as the 2019 Outstanding English Language Arts Educator for the middle school level. She was nominated for the award by her colleague Jolene Ross.

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Austintown Schools Superintendent Vince Colaluca congratulates Austintown math coach Heather Wukelich on being named Illuminator of the Year for increasing the power of teaching in the classroom.

Wukelich was named Illuminator of the Year for increasing the power of teaching in the classroom. She was one of six 2019 honorees who were recognized at the Illuminate Education User Conference in San Diego.

Colaluca also recognized the entire district for earning the 2017-18 Momentum Award.

"This is based on the entire state and looks how each district will do the following year," Colaluca said. "This comes from the Ohio Department of Education and is the number one indicator on how well we will do."

He said Austintown received an "A" for momentum on the state report card that is a good indicator for a district that makes the student's education a priority.

On a different matter, a long list of donations was presented and accepted by the board. The list included $1,000 to the athletic department from the Swim Boosters Club; $50 from the Beti Pi of Delta Kappa Gamma for the RDE program, $108 from Cocca's Pizza for the AES Right to Read writing contest winners, $500 from Thunder Volleyball for the AMS STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program, and $100 from Taylor-Winfield Technologies for the Fitch STEM program.

Included on the donors list were numerous donations to the Mike Garcia Memorial Wall. The late Mike Garcia had been a teacher at Fitch for 33 years and was a successful track coach, with his team winning the Ohio AAA State Championships in 1971, 1972, and 1975 and runner up in 1970 and 1974. The wins made him the most winningest track coach in the nation with 409 total wins, 101 major championships, 42 runner-ups, and 20 Steel Valley Championships. In 2008, Garcia was inducted into the Fitch Athletic Hall of Fame. Now a fund has been set up to pay for a monument to Garcia at the south end of the Fitch track and to name the track after him. The monument will list Garcia's achievements during his years of coaching at Fitch.

Donations accepted at the Board of Ed meeting included the following: $400 from Alan and Emily Scharsu, $100 from Austintown Podiatry Assoc., $500 from Brittany and Peter Kusky, $100 from Carol Stellers, $750 from Dalvin Baehler, $1,000 from Eldon and Suzanne Jones, $500 from Eric Fowler, $250 from Greg Facemyer M.D., $10 from Harold Wilson, $1,000 from Jamey and Daryl Daugherty, $20 from Jane Tallman, $500 from Kimberly and Scott Duda, $50 from KPMG, $50 from Marilyn D'Eramo, $300 from Matt and Julie Palmgren, $40 from Robert McKenna, $50 from Robert and Sally Schultz, $100 from Robert Sutak, $100 from Robert and Christine Cooksey, $100 from Richard and Susan Kemp, $250 from the Carafo Foundation, and $100 from Tudor Physical Therapy.

"That is a pretty impressive list of donations," said Board President Don Sherwood.

The Board voted to approve the monument for Garcia, to be solely funded by the Memorial Committee and to be built in the northwest corner outside the stadium.

 
 

 

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