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State Board District Teachers of the Year Announced

Release date: 8/9/2017

Ten teachers now bear the title of 2018 Teacher of the Year for their State Board of Education districts, according to an announcement made by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. The awards are part of the Ohio Teacher of the Year program.

“Teachers are changing lives and creating futures – not only for the students, but for our communities, our state and our nation,” DeMaria said. “The Ohio Teacher of the Year program recognizes influential and inspiring educators who demonstrate some of the things I love most about teachers: they take our system to higher heights and continue the path toward excellence.”

School administrators, fellow educators, parents, students and community members nominated teachers for the district awards. State Board of Education members worked with local committees of educators, parents and business leaders to select award recipients.

A state panel of education and community stakeholders interviews five state finalists from the pool of State Board district winners to select the Ohio Teacher of the Year. The state superintendent will announce the statewide honoree in the fall.

The Ohio Teacher of the Year will represent our state in the national Teacher of the Year selection process sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers in 2018.


Note: The State Board District Teachers of the Year are below. See individual news releases and photographs by clicking here.


Mark Suter, state finalist
Elida High School
Elida Local Schools
State Board District 1
Allen County 
Jay Welenc
Toledo School for the Arts
Toledo Public Schools
State Board District 2
Lucas County
Rachel Murdockstate finalist
Stivers School for the Arts
Dayton City Schools
State Board District 3
Montgomery County
Bobbie Foy
Medina High School
Medina City Schools
State Board District 5
Medina County
Jonathan Juravich, state finalist
Liberty Tree Elementary School
Olentangy Local Schools
State Board District 6
Delaware County
Daniel Scarmack
Hubbard High School
Hubbard Exempted Village School District
State Board District 7
Trumbull County
Kiel Gallina
Lake Middle School
Lake Local Schools
State Board District 8
Stark County
Patty Couts, state finalist
Port Washington Elementary School
Indian Valley Local Schools
State Board District 9
Tuscarawas County
Megan Large
South Webster High School
Bloom-Vernon Local Schools
State Board District 10
Scioto County
Dr. Matthew Luginbillstate finalist
Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School
Cuyahoga Heights Local Schools
State Board District 11
Cuyahoga County
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