For the 2018–2019 school year, we’re pleased to announce a new award—highlighting the power of collaboration to meet all of our students’ needs.


Celebrate Innovative Educators is Battelle for Kids’ commitment to recognize Ohio educators who are making 21st century learning a reality for all students.


Class of 2017

Since 2012, Battelle for Kids has recognized nearly 300 outstanding educators in Ohio with the Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator Award as representatives of excellence in the teaching profession. Meet the class of 2017.

Theresa Ackman, Plain Local Schools

Susan Bondy, Switzerland of Ohio Local Schools

Leslie Bradley, Triad Local Schools

Megan Brady, Grandview Heights Schools

Christy Calhoun, Bethel-Tate Local School District

Ronnda Cargile, Cincinnati Public Schools

Patty Couts, Indian Valley Local Schools

Jonathan Duffy, Worthington City School District

Antony Dunlap, Crooksville Exempted Village Schools

Brenda Duvall, Rolling Hills Local School District

Mary Ernst, Oak Hills Local School District

Bryan Eyink, Mechanicsburg Exempted Village School District

Lindsay Fisher, Hilliard City School District 

Rebecca Forse, Princeton City Schools

Heidi Grunenberg, Kirtland Local Schools

Michele Huber, Finneytown Local School District

Dolores Huey, Licking Heights Local School District

Belinda Jenks, Miami Trace Local School District

Jessica Johnson, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District

Tiffany Jordan-Shaw, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools

Doug Joy, East Muskingum Local School District

Felice Kassoy, Upper Arlington Schools

Carmelina Larke, Madison-Plains Local School District

Monica Lavelle, Pickerington Local School District

Jessica Mangum, Granville Exempted Village School District

Shelly Marcum, Foxfire Community Schools

Casandra McLendon, Franklin Local School District

Lindsay Moore, Tri-Valley Local School District

Gina Opdycke, North Olmsted City Schools

Katie Setty, Graham Local Schools

Jon Snider, Coshocton City Schools

Chad Stevens, Belpre City Schools

Leah Suder, Forest Hills School District