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Educators, Advocates Honored at 2017 Excellence in Education Awards Luncheon

Several educators and community advocates were honored today for their exceptional contributions to local education at the seventh annual Excellence in Education awards luncheon, hosted by Eastern Ohio Education Partnership (EOEP) at Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in Canfield.

Seven testimonial-based qualitative awards were presented highlighting the amazing stories of students, teachers, administrators, and community advocates generating successful educational outcomes. They included:

  • Erin Morris of Fairhaven Preschool in Niles, Play & Learn Award for early childhood education;
  • Stacey Bierly of Bascom Elementary in LaBrae Local Schools, Reading Rocks Award for increasing early grade reading and literacy;
  • Jennifer Maust of Western Reserve Elementary School, Math Matters Award for increasing math literacy;
  • Stacey Gancos of Lakeside Junior High School and Timothy Harker of Boardman Glenwood Junior High, Love of Learning Awards for innovation in the classroom;
  • Randall Ebie, principal at Boardman Center Intermediate School, Family Engagement for multiple community engagement projects;
  • PNC Financial Services, Education Advocate Award for contributions of time, talent, and treasure to our local schools.

More than 75 schools across Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, and Ashtabula counties also received awards at the event for having earned exceptional results in at least one of seven critical data-driven, non-testing categories compiled from Ohio School Report Cards. These quantitative categories included attendance, high school math readiness, graduation rates, dual enrollment, matriculation, industry-recognized credentials, and CTE post-program outcomes.

Keynote speaker Victoria Jackson, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities State Policy Fellow with Policy Matters Ohio, spoke on the effect of state and federal policies on college access in Ohio. She illustrated how higher education is underfunded in the state budget, while United States House and Executive budget proposals have also dramatically cut federal financial aid programs that lift up low- and middle-income Mahoning Valley residents.

The annual event is made possible through generous support by Kent State University at Trumbull, Youngstown State University, Huntington National Bank, Inventor Cloud, Turning Technologies, Stifel, Trumbull Career & Technical Center, and State Support Team Region 5.

Eastern Ohio Education Partnership ensures student success, cradle-to-career, with emphasis on early childhood, third grade reading, eighth grade mathematics, and postsecondary and career readiness. They convene and then collaborate with schools, business, government, and other local agencies throughout the region to align goals, share relevant data, institute proven practices, and measure results to support quality educational systems while impacting community and economic development.