The East Cleveland City School District is proud to announce Mrs. Michelle Reese, third grade ELA and social studies teacher at Superior School for the Performing Arts, as this year's Teacher of the Year. From her nomination letter:
Mrs. Reese goes over and beyond for her students and families. She arrives early to provide tutoring, has a lunch bunch with students, and often spends time in the evenings and on weekends with both students and parents to provide support and even just a listening ear. We once encountered a situation where a student was an award recipient and we were unsure if the student had a family member to escort him to the event. Mrs. Reese volunteered to purchase a ticket to the event to attend with the students. These kinds of selfless acts take place in our building daily with Mrs. Reese.
The District is also proud to announce Mr. Robert Starts, custodian at Mayfair Elementary School, as this year's Employee of the Year. Here is a selection from his nomination letter:
Mr. Starks is a true asset to Mayfair. He is officially a member of the custodial staff, however he wears many hats. First, he has been serving as our head custodian for over 3 months as Mr. Fisher has been out. Mr. Starks has filled the role with pride and dedication. He greets our students each day with a smile, steps in to help in the morning with security as needed and even mediates conflicts among students. Our students and staff respect Mr. Starks, he always has a positive word for them. He is committed to the success of our students and encourages them to make good choices everyday.
Congratulations to you both!