Juravich named Ohio Teacher of the Year
Inviting a box turtle to help teach art along with nature conservation is one of many novel strategies Jonathan Juravich employs at Liberty Tree Elementary School in Powell to get children excited about learning. On Sept. 8, those same young students enjoyed a surprise visit from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, who announced that Juravich is the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year.
During the presentation, the state superintendent explained to students that teachers are his heroes. Just as his students wear their heroes on their shirts, he also was wearing a shirt just like the new Ohio Teacher of the Year, who is known for sporting plaid shirts.
In accepting the honor, Juravich said, “I am truly humbled for the opportunity to represent teachers throughout Ohio. Thank you to the innumerable teachers I have had the pleasure of learning from, growing with and serving alongside. I am grateful to each of you for making me a better teacher and a better human being.”
An art teacher at with Olentangy Local Schools since 2005, Juravich also coaches cross country and track at the district’s Hyatts Middle School, serves as an adjunct instructor at Otterbein University, and collaborates with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He will represent Ohio in the national 2018 Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Read more about Juravich here and about the selection process here.