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Harrison Hills City School District lauds Master Teachers

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[ Harrison Hills School District Press Release ]


CADIZ- Five educators in the Harrison Hills City School District now carry a new designation after completing the Ohio Master Teacher Program.

 School board members recognized the inaugural members during the June 29 regular meeting in Cadiz. Superintendent Dr. George Ash lauded Georgina Kim Morgan, Jennifer Ryder, Charlotte Sayre, Lisa McAfee and Julia Carman for their endless dedication to preparing tomorrow’s leaders today.

 “It is with great pleasure that the Harrison Hills Board of Education recognizes these terrific individuals for being known as master teachers. They have devoted countless hours to help their students make the most of themselves,” said Dr. Ash. “We congratulate them on their hard work during their tenure and for achieving the title of master teacher.”

 Adrienne Cook, chairperson of the district master teacher program, explained that all five participants had one month to prepare a portfolio containing evidence of their work from over the past five years. The submissions had to met criteria set forth by the Ohio Department of Education in 2007. They are derived from Ohio Senate Bill 2, which defines a master teacher as one who “demonstrates excellence inside and outside the classroom through consistent leadership and focused collaboration to maximize student learning.” A master teacher must demonstrate exemplary scores in four of five areas using criteria described in The Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, such as consistent leadership, focused collaboration, distinguished teaching with focus on students and the environment, distinguished teaching with focus on content, instruction and assessment and continued professional growth.

 Eligible educators must hold a valid permanent certificate or a professional license or certificate; have taught for at least seven years; work a minimum of 120 days during the current school year; and work under a teaching contract or be employed as a teacher. In addition, teachers and other instructional personnel working outside of the traditional classroom are eligible to apply.

 “This is the first time we’ve implemented the program in the district,” Cook said, adding that the grading was also based on ODE regulations. “There are criteria teachers have to meet according to the state. They put a portfolio together with answers and evidence to meet those criteria. Two readers read each portfolio, and if they agreed the portfolio was exemplary the teachers received the master teacher title.”

  All five submissions made the grade and the “master teacher” title carries some extra clout for its bearers, including certification, a one-time stipend from the district and earned status that could result in becoming a lead teacher. Once they receive the master teacher designation, they retain it for a period of five years.

 For her part, Cook was proud of all the recipients.

 “The five teachers are all master teachers,” she said. “They honestly met the criteria and are good teachers in our district.”

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