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Manchester educator Teacher of the Year

10/18/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Michael Ankrom
DOWNTOWN AKRON — For the third year in a row, a teacher from Manchester Local Schools has been selected to receive the Summit County Teacher of the Year award.

Michael Ankrom, a 12th-grade teacher at Manchester High School, was named the Summit County 2012 Teacher of the Year Oct. 15 during the Summit County Education Celebration held at The University of Akron’s Quaker Station. The event is held to recognize educators throughout the county and honor members of the Summit County All-County Teaching Team, according to event officials.

Ankrom was selected from the 2012 All-County Teaching Team for the Teacher of the Year award. The team is made up of teachers nominated by individuals in their districts for the award and selected for the team by a committee comprised of Summit County school district superintendents and a representative from each major sponsor, according to event officials.

Manchester Superintendent Sam Reynolds said parents, past students and district administrators nominated Ankrom, of New Franklin, to receive the award, and he was selected from among 20 nominees.

“Mike Ankrom has had a huge impact in the community,” he said. “He cares about his seniors and the young people, and adjusts his program to meet their needs.”

According to event officials, Ankrom has taught government, global studies and current issues at Manchester High School for 21 years. Reynolds said Ankrom has “developed new courses for students, applied modern technology and engaged minds with innovative pedagogy.”

Ankrom created a Current Issues class in which students research and learn about a wide variety of topics; a Global Studies class in which students study foreign cultures; and a Problems in Democracy class that focused on the foundations of democracy, according to Reynolds.

Ankrom also has served as a senior class adviser, Social Studies Department chairperson, golf coach and president of the Manchester Education Association, according to Reynolds.

“His leadership in each of these capacities has made a positive difference in the Manchester Local Schools,” said Reynolds. “In each area of responsibility he is guided by the principle of placing the students’ needs first.”

Reynolds said the 2011 Teacher of the Year was Nolley Elementary third-grade teacher Shari Gardner, and the 2010 Teacher of the Year was Manchester High School chemistry teacher Sandra McClain.

Other teachers in the South Side News Leader coverage area named to the 2012 All-County Teaching Team include: Kathleen Parker, of Coventry Local Schools; Patty Berardi, of Green Local Schools; James McBride, of Norton City Schools; Kirk Raymond, of Portage Lakes Career Center in Green; and Dena Scrimo, of Springfield Local Schools.

Also recognized during the Education Celebration event was the Rookie of the Year, which is presented to a teacher with less than three years of teaching experience who displays a passion, innovation and commitment to students’ learning, according to event officials. The award was given to Maureen Farris, of Woodridge Intermediate School.

According to Reynolds, Mark Yokum, a Manchester Middle School teacher, was also nominated for the Rookie of the Year award.

The Summit County Superintendents Association awarded $200 scholarships to the Teacher of the Year and Rookie of the Year Award recipients’ school of choice.

In addition, the Lifetime Educator Award was presented at the event to recognize a business, organization or individual who has been dedicated and committed to the education of youth in Summit County over a long period of time, according to event officials. This year, awards were presented to both an individual and a business: Daniel McCombs, chairman of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association’s Legislative Committee; and WKDD 94.9 FM Radio. McCombs has been involved in education for almost 50 years as a school bus driver, teacher, coach, building administrator, central office administrator, superintendent and director of alumni at Kent State University. WKDD was recognized for spotlighting local and national nonprofit organizations that are working to address critical issues and causes, according to event officials.

For more information about nominating a teacher to the 2013 All-County Teaching Team, visit www.shannoneng lishmarketing.com and click “Events.”

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