Local school district announces outstanding teacher

(Gnadenhutten, Ohio) – Mrs. Megan Heath, Intervention Specialist at Port
Washington Elementary was recently awarded the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award.

The ceremony took place at a luncheon on Tuesday, June 11, at the Villa Milano Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities, Buckeye Association
of School Administrators, Ohio Association for County Boards of Developmental
Disabilities, Ohio Educational Service Center Association and Ohio School Boards
Association sponsor the award for an Ohio teacher in the field of Special Education.

Mrs. Heath received the Outstanding Educator Award named for the late Dr. Franklin B Walter, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, who provided outstanding education leadership for Ohio Schools. Talia St. Clair, Indian Valley Student Services Director, made the nomination based upon Mrs. Heath’s professionalism, focus on research-based interventions, and commitment to students beyond the walls of the classroom.

St. Clair informed the awards committee that because of Mrs. Heath’s “individualizing for students using researched-based interventions…100% of her students significantly increased their performance in reading and math from Fall to Spring.”

Mrs. Heath’s professional engagement with fellow educators, effort to design lessons for
individual student needs, and commitment to families in and outside the school day
demonstrates Mrs. Heath has taken the Indian Valley mission of “Working together to
personalize a rigorous, standards-based learning experience” to heart.

Heath is the most recent Indian Valley educator of five to receive state-wide acclaim for
outstanding service to students.

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