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Summit County Preschool Teacher Recognized as NewsChannel5’s Teacher of the Week

Posted: 10/11/2016

On Oct. 10, NewsChannel5 surprised one of Summit Educational Service Center’s (ESC) preschool teachers, Jenifer (Jen) Smith, with the Teacher of the Week award.

Smith has been with Summit ESC for 10 years, and currently teaches preschool at Stow-Munroe Falls’ Indian Trail Elementary School.

“We are so proud of Jen for being recognized as Teacher of the Week,” said Kristen Nowak, Summit ESC’s student service coordinator. “She truly deserves this award as she consistently goes above and beyond to help her students succeed and to meet their individual, diverse needs. She is grounded in best practices that allow all children to access the general education classroom and curriculum.”

Jen Smith recieving award
Jen Smith receiving the Teacher of the Week award

Teachers can be nominated by a school principal, counselor, parent of a school-aged child or a student with a parents’ permission. Nominations must include a short description of why the nominator believes the teacher deserves the award. The description must focus on how the teacher has demonstrated one of five qualifications, including persistence in giving his or her personal best; being an inspiring example to others; reaching educational success; making a strong contribution to the school and/or community; or displaying a love of teaching.

Smith was nominated by a former preschool student’s parent. The student was involved in the integrated preschool program for children with developmental disabilities at Indian Trail. Smith supported the student by providing the family with research-based interventions, assisting with the transition from preschool to kindergarten, and integrating the student into general education settings.

All nominations are reviewed by NewsChannel5 and one teacher is selected to become Teacher of the Week.

“Congratulations, Jen, on receiving this distinguished award,” said Superintendent Joseph Iacano. “Our teachers work hard to provide all students the educational experience they deserve. All students have the ability to learn, and our teachers work hard to guide them to reach their fullest potential and grow.”

Jen Smith with her students
Jen Smith interacting with her students

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