Friday, January 26, 2018

Greenville Elementary Teacher, Jennifer Yohey, receives Science Award

by Mrs. Laura Bemus, Assistant Superintendent of Greenville City Schools

Greenville City Schools is proud to announce that Jennifer Yohey, first grade teacher, has been selected as a SECO Award recipient for her exceptional work and commitment to teaching science to Greenville Elementary students.

SECO is the Ohio chapter of the National Science Teachers Association and was established in 1976. Each year, the Science Education Council of Ohio proudly honors the best of the Buckeye State, through a series of competitive educational awards with nominations accepted from all parts of the state. The SECO Science Symposium Scholarship Awards are designed to provide support to classroom science teachers by providing them the opportunity to attend the SECO Science Symposium. Mrs. Angela McMurry, Darke County Science Curriculum Specialist and President of SECO, is instrumental in cultivating science instruction in the County and State and she states, “Jennifer was one of 27 applicants for the Scholarship which was awarded to 4 teachers from throughout the state. I am thrilled that Jennifer has been recognized for her contributions to her classroom and her inspiration with her students. She is a true advocate for science and STEM. The skills she brings to her classroom are only going to help prepare her students for the opportunities they will have once they graduate. Though that may seem far away, these years will go so quickly and Jennifer is encouraging a foundation of learning to be developed with her young students. It is an honor to have a teacher from Darke County recognized for this award. Jennifer is a leader in her building, her district and her county.”

Mrs. Jennifer Yohey was nominated by Greenville Elementary Principal, Mrs. Jody Harter, to receive the K-2 teacher SECO Science Symposium Scholarship Award. Mrs. Harter commended Mrs. Yohey’s strengths in science with this information, “Mrs. Yohey leads staff in math and science instruction by providing professional development, ordering supplies, modeling, peer coaching, developing common assessments for her grade level, organizing resources from the community to allow for opportunities for science instruction inside and outside of the school day including The LIGHT Project, lessons from naturalists from the Darke County Parks and local field trips. She is dedicated to her students and colleagues, and goes above and beyond the call of duty. Mrs. Yohey works hard to make sure science and math are a priority in a literacy pressured environment. She takes initiative to learn and better herself to provide engaging and meaningful lessons to her students and shares her knowledge with coworkers. She wants to make a difference in students' educational experiences. She is valued by her coworkers due to her loving heart, positive attitude, creative nature, and encouraging personality. Mrs. Yohey is more than deserving of this award.”

Mrs. Yohey will be honored at an evening reception on Monday, January 29th at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to celebrate the SECO award.

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