Congratulations to the Newark City Schools recipients of the 2016 Licking County Foundation Leaders for Learning awards, Kathy Stoll and Baron Smith. Kathy and Baron join 14 teachers county-wide who are receiving the award this year. Each teacher received an art-glass apple, and will have the opportunity to apply for annual $500 grants for classroom materials or professional development. The award is made possible through generous support by the Lindorf-Warner Memorial Fund of the Licking County Foundation. Laura Sluss
Laura Sluss’s colleagues comment on how professional and conscientious Laura is in all that she does. “She is out of this world!” and “she is off the charts” best describes Laura and her passion for teaching and learning. Early in Laura’s teaching career, she became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher which is quite an honor that requires diligence, hard work, dedication and passion. As a mentor teacher, Laura works with our 1st through 4th year beginning teachers to help them as they begin their teaching careers. Laura is thoughtful in dealing with staff and works to build positive relationships with all of the staff members she works with.
Kathy Stoll is a 6th grade Language Arts Teacher at Liberty Middle School. She has taught for 26 years. Kathy's nomination was due to her working "to build personal relationships with each student who comes into her classroom. Mrs. Stoll works with a variety of students each day, holds high expectations for each of them, and challenges students with the differentiated lessons and activities she provides for them. She works to meet the academic needs and ability levels of her students and makes everyone in the classroom feel comfortable. Mrs. Stoll is a role model for her colleagues. She is flexible and is willing to do whatever she can to benefit the students and staff at Liberty Middle School.
Baron Smith is a Social Studies teacher at Newark High School in his fifth year of teaching. "Baron is a graduate of Newark High School. He takes great pride in being a Wildcat and shares his enthusiasm for teaching and learning with his students. Mr. Smith uses hands-on activities in class that promote student learning. Mr. Smith fosters collaboration among his students and colleagues. He works with his students to build positive relationships and holds high expectations for each student to be successful. Mr. Smith gives back to the Newark community in a variety of ways through service projects, such as organizing student athletes to clean up different areas of our community.