Teacher of the Month
Imagination Station is proud to be a partner of 101.5 The River’s Teacher of the Month.
Nominate someone who you think should be Teacher of the Month by visiting 101.5 The River and tell them why your son or daughter’s teacher should win!
Include the teachers name, school they work for, and why you think this teacher deserves the award. The teacher selected wins a membership from Imagination Station and a prize pack for the class along with a variety of other prizes from 101.5.
Congratulations to the following winners who were provided a toolbox of classroom activities from Imagination Station!
Teacher: Jean Kitchen
School: Raymer Elementary School
Mrs. Kitchen has a heart of gold and so much patience with these first graders. The school has had a couple of “gun” threats and she was able to keep the children calm and get them where they had to be. She reads with them daily and has a great personality. I think Mrs. Kitchen has good teaching skills and has a way with her students, they just love her!! Please give an East side teacher a chance, they put up with so much being located where they are to begin with. Thank You!!
Teacher: Jennifer Bicanovsky
School: Hiawatha Elementary School
Teacher: Mrs. Alison Swartzmiller
School: Fairfield Elementary School
Mrs. Swartzmiller was born to teach. God gave her the calming voice & the ability to relate to the children in such a way that she makes everyday fun to come to school & want to learn. She never raises her voice, & yet controls the classroom of 24 with LOVE. She makes each and every one of the students feel as if they are special to her. Mrs. Swartmiller always has a smile on her face. In the morning when the students come into her classroom, she makes them know that she has noticed them & that they are important. I hope & pray that she gets noticed herself for all the positiveness that she gives out to others. Thank you for your time & for having this contest for those that put their heart & soul into teaching our future generations.xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox – Debbie Gehr
Teacher: Ms. Sarah Carstensen
School: Imagine Hill Avenue Elementary School
Sarah goes above and beyond for her students. Having grown up in a home with a Mother who was also a teacher, she knows the importance of a childs education. Although a physical education teacher, Sarah goes above and beyond getting the children involved not only physically in class but teaches the importance about giving back to the community. This holiday season she got the kids involved with writing letters to men and women in the assisted living homes and a coat drive for less fortunate children to stay warm during the cold winter months. These are just two examples of the many ways she gets her students involved. In addition, Sarah gives explanation to her young students as to why they are getting involved on helping others in need, something some parents neglect doing. Above all, she gets the children involved! Sarah Carstensen or Miss C as her kids refer to her, is always there for her students. Whether its packing up the leftovers from breakfast and lunch to give to the students who are in need or just being an advocate for local causes, Sarah deserves to have the title as Teacher of the Month. – Ashley Stansfield
Teacher: Mrs. Katie Skowronek
School: Woodland Elementary School
My son has Asperger’s Syndrome and a Sensory Processing Disorder. His preschool teacher never listened to our needs for our son and always was frustrated with him. He never talked about what he did at school and did not like his teacher. When he started kindergarten this fall I could see positive changes in his behavior and it was due to his wonderful teacher Mrs. Skowronek! She asked me to give her any information regarding my son’s needs and his likes and dislikes. She is so patient and kind and treats my son with respect. I can tell my son really likes her and he talks about what he did at school. He enjoys doing homework! He is more focused in class, volunteers and behaves well. I finally do not feel stressed when I pick him up from school. Mrs. Skowronek has 25 students in her class and she seems very confident about herself and the kids all seem to respect her. I am so grateful for a teacher like her. Sometimes people do not know or understand how to treat special needs students and the students get pushed aside. It is so important to have teachers like Mrs. Skowronek because they encourage all students to do their best and be proud of their work. My son is actually thinking of going to college and what type of job he wants to do as an adult. I never would have imagined hearing this out of him. I am hoping you will consider Mrs. Skowronek for teacher of the month, she has changed my son’s life and our lives as well.
Teacher: Mrs. Muck
School: Eagle Point Elementary School
Thank you – Lisa Croad
Teacher: Mr. Spalino
School: Clay High School
Class: Machine Trades
Mr. Spalino should win this award because he is one of the greatest teachers of all. My little brother is 17 and is in Mr. Spalinos machine trades class at Clay. My brother has never been one to love school or keep up good grades. He is dyslexic and has always struggled with school. He has never really enjoyed it until this year in Mr. Spalino’s class. My brother came home after the first week of school and told me all about Mr. Spalino and how awesome he is. He told me about how he moved here from Italy when he was 5 and learned to speak English. He told me how Mr. Spalino will help place him and the other students in jobs when they graduate high school. I have never seen my brother so interested in school. Now, my brother is getting good grades (A\’s and B\’s), and is studying hard for tests and quizzes. I am so happy and proud of my brother, and Mr. Spalino is the person we have to thank for that! My parents are so happy that he finally has a teacher who genuinely cares about the students and will do whatever is necessary to help them succeed. A teacher that can make him feel so comfortable going to school every day(even with a reading disability). My brother now looks forward to his future and having an awesome career! That is why Mr. Spalino should indeed be awarded Teacher of the Month.