Westerville Parent Council announces 2021-22 GEM Award recipients

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Westerville Parent Council and Roush Honda have announced the recipients of the 2021-22 Great Educator Mentor (GEM) Award, which is presented to individuals who go the extra mile to make a positive impact in the classroom and schools.

Westerville Parent Council President Rachel Crites said the parent council, with the generous sponsorship from our friends at Roush Honda, has celebrated the contributions of staff, volunteers, and community members at each building and across the school district for 20 years.

Crites said 208 GEM nominations were submitted — a testament to the ”wonderful people we have as part of our district and community.” 

“We are thrilled to celebrate and congratulate the winners of this year's GEM awards,” Crites said. “The unbelievable ways they have shown up for our students, parents and staff, especially in such a historical moment in time, is commendable. We are proud to recognize them and thank them for all they have done.”

The 2021-22 GEM Award recipients are:



The Early Learning Center: Mark Patrick, Custodian



Alcott: Ryan Hilperts, volunteer and substitute

Annehurst: Shari Perkins, success coach

Cherrington: Laurie Gruber, volunteer and substitute

Emerson: Norma Hadden, attendance clerk

Fouse: Stacy Samson, substitute

Hanby: Linda Ferguson, volunteer

Hawthorne: Sarah Ward, teacher

Huber Ridge: Kathy Gauen, teacher

Longfellow: Brianne Gray, custodian

Mark Twain: Angie Lee, teacher

McVay: Melissa Ratliff, paraprofessional

Pointview: Nicole Grose, teacher

Robert Frost: Nathan VanSickle, teacher

Whittier: Kim Whitney, volunteer, lunch and recess aide

Wilder: Veronica "Ronnie" Goldsmith, paraprofessional aide



Blendon: Laura Searfoss, teacher

Genoa: Jacqueline Hart, teacher

Heritage: Stuart Gartrell, assistant principal

Walnut Springs: Dan Bichsel, coach and teacher



Central: Ann Chadwick, volunteer

North: Shaun Stiffler, custodian

South: Lauren Sefton, teacher



Meg Hogan, volunteer

Tami Richmond, occupational therapist

Steve Rovtar, teacher



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