BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio- Ryan Gilbert, an Ohio Hi-Point Career Center English instructor, was recognized as a recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Teaching award by the Bellefontaine Rotary during the 24th annual Excellence in Teaching Awards luncheon this week.
The Excellence in Teaching award honors three educators in Logan county grades pre-K through twelve who improve student achievement in and outside academics and utilizes innovative techniques to support high-quality teaching and learning.
Young, along with Benjamin Logan Social Studies teacher, Trisha Hemmeigarn, and Indian Lake’s Art teacher, Erin Miller, were the recipients of the prestigious award.
“Mr. Gilbert has been a student favorite for several years because of his creative approach to content,” commented Caleb Lang, Ohio Hi-Point’s Academic Supervisor, “he actively engages students and empowers them to learn in his classroom.”
“I feel very honored to receive this award” said Gilbert, “I believe good classroom management is about surrounding control to students and giving them ownership of the projects they complete. My goal is to empower young people.”
Eight students submitted nominations to the selection committee for Mr. Gilbert. “Students choose to attend Ohio Hi-Point to pursue careers and not necessarily the academics. To be nominated by eight students shows the impact of Mr. Gilbert’s teaching,” finished Lang.
A few snippets from the nominations said, “Mr. Gilbert’s approach to education is to put the student above the grade and to make sure we are in a position to succeed.” Another submitted nominations said, “Mr. Gilbert is more than just a teacher. He is a mentor… He understands how to treat everyone different with different teaching styles and creative activities.”
This is Ohio Hi-Point’s eighth teacher to be recognized for the Excellence in Teaching award. Previous recipients include Monica Young in 2015, Mike Kouse in 2014, Tom Carrig in 2013, Peter Raatz in 2012, Deborah Purcell in 2009, Robin Curly in 2005 and JoEtta Spain in 2003.