Elementary teachers Greg and Sheila Schmitt earn distinguished recognition

| June 8, 2020

Greg and Sheila Schmitt - AwardsWEBBart-Colerain Elementary third grade teachers Greg and Sheila Schmitt have been chosen as recipients of WITF Teacher Impact Awards. WITF is a public broadcasting television station in Harrisburg, and in partnership with Rotary District 7390, WITF has honored teachers in seven counties, including the Schmitt’s, for their “exemplary dedication to their students and community.”

According to WITF, “Teacher Impact Awards seek to recognize teachers currently teaching in K-12 who have made a significance difference in the lives of their students.” In her letter nominating Greg and Sheila Schmitt for the award, Bart-Colerain Elementary student Caroline Jayne wrote that she believes they are “the best teachers” because they “make you want to learn every day, they are full of energy, and they make learning fun.” Caroline’s parents, Tim and Courtney Jayne of Kirkwood, wrote that in addition to their daughter, the Schmitt’s have had a tremendously positive impact on their entire family. “Students are taught to work with the ‘big three strategies’: that they can always 1. go ‘above and beyond,’ when they 2. ‘stop and think’ and 3. ‘clarify.’ By doing this they become ‘role model third graders.’ In this class all of the students work hard, are organized, but are also having fun and are proud of themselves. They also learn cooperative learning skills, which allow the students to not only learn facts but also social skills, face-to-face interaction, group and individual accountability (the students are asked to set goals for themselves and later evaluate themselves.)”

Bart-Colerain Elementary School Principal Sandra Haines has high praise for the Schmitt’s. “Greg and Sheila put all of their energy into creating an engaging, collaborative environment in their classrooms.  Each year, they set the stage for their students to be successful individually, in small teams and in larger teams with students from both classrooms together.  This model for instruction and interaction not only sets students up for success in school, but it helps them to hone skills that are necessary for strong personal relationships and 21st century work environments.  Establishing this environment right away allows the students to take ownership of their learning and to truly understand that each individual on a team makes significant contributions to the team’s success.  No team member gets a free ride!  As the school year goes on, Mr. and Mrs. Schmitt’s roles become more facilitative and less directive as the fire of personalized learning is lit in each child.  Greg and Sheila are amazing, dedicated educators and are truly deserving of the WITF Teacher Impact Award.”

Janice Black, chair of the project for Rotary District 7390, said “We believe that teachers, especially the top excellent teachers, are often unrecognized and not sufficiently praised for all they do for their students. So, we resolved to give them the recognition they deserve.”

Category: Elementary News, Featured Stories

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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