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Carole Morbitzer Selected as 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year

Release date: 10/3/2012

Morbitzer, who is the girls’ varsity volleyball coach, was surprised by the announcement during the pre-game ceremonies. Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers was on hand to recognize Morbitzer and present her with the award.

“I am thrilled to be here tonight to recognize such an outstanding educator. She is certainly deserving of this award,” Sawyers said. “I am particularly impressed with how Mrs. Morbitzer not only establishes high expectations for her math students, but also how she inspires them to meet and surpass those expectations.”

The praise comes from the local administration as well.

“Carole relishes teaching students who dislike math,” Principal Jim Miller said. “She discards many traditional methods and embraces technology to guide her in watching her students’ progress to adjust her instruction as she is teaching. Carole does this seamlessly while building confidence in her students that they can do math.”

And they can do math. This past school year, 93% of sophomores passed the math portion of the Ohio Graduation Test.

“There are exemplary teachers; there are amazing teacher leaders; there are extraordinary community partners… Carole is the best of all three.” said Miller in his nomination of Morbitzer.

Morbitzer, a teacher in the area since 1995 and at Hamilton Township High School since 2006, has been a leader in the educational community. She recently participated in the National Conversation about the Teaching Profession with Ohio teacher leaders and the U.S Department of Education; presented at the 2012 National Honor Society Ohio State Conference; led the Hamilton Local Schools math teachers in a K-12 Academic Content Standards and Common Core State Standards comparison; and trained all Hamilton Local teachers on how to use a SMART Board, to give a few examples.

Morbitzer recently won 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching; has been nominated for the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, George B. Chapman Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics several times; and has previously been nominated for the Ohio Teacher of the Year award.

As a volleyball coach, Morbitzer was named 1999 Ohio Capital Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year, the 2006 Central District Volleyball Coach of the Year, and was named the 2011 National Federation of State High School Association’s Coach of the Year for Volleyball in Ohio.

She has been inducted into both the Hamilton Township Athletic Hall of Fame (2004) and the Hamilton Township High School Alumni Hall of Fame (2011).

In 2010, she was named the Komen Columbus Volunteer of the Year and in 2011, was named the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for leading the school district’s Race for the Cure initiative. Hamilton has won the Komen high School Challenge five consecutive years and has raised more than $100,000 for breast cancer.

Teacher of the Year Finalists

The 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year was selected from nominations submitted by schools across the state. Nominations were reviewed by a statewide panel of representatives from a range of professional organizations and school constituencies, including teachers who have been recognized for their excellent performance in the classroom.

The review panel chose five finalists and interviewed each of them before selecting Morbitzer. The four other finalists for the 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year are:

  • Thomas Gregory, Gahanna Lincoln High School, Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools;
  • Paul LaRue, Washington High School, Washington Court House City Schools;
  • Holly Lavender, Liberty Union High School, Liberty Union-Thurston Local;
  • Jim Mamer, Rockway Elementary/Middle School, Clark-Shawnee Local.

The Ohio Teacher of the Year program was initiated by ODE in 1969 to honor and promote excellence in teaching and the teaching profession and to build a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in school improvement initiatives.