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Staff Superstars

September:  John Loomis

"Every morning, John Loomis spends time greeting students by name into the building.  He's a great people connector!" Karin Lauterbach

July:  Keri Hayes

"She truly cares for her students and loves kids.  She is very humble and does her job with great pride.  Keri is so very kind and helpful to all.  She would do anything for anyone.  Keri has excellent ideas/strategies and strives to find innovative ways to reach the students she works with.  Keri is a great co-worker!" Jen Richardson

June:  Carol McCarthy, Smith

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"With her quiet ways and soothing demeanor, Carol kept Smith School on an even keel during a very difficult time.  I saw people come into the office just to get a 'dose' of her magic.  She was an immeasurable help to me in coming into unfamiliar territory in a very difficult situation.  She was and is the very definition of 'superstar," Nanci Koepke

May:  Dawne Rockner, OJH

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"Dawne is the ultimate multi-tasker!! She has a long family history in Oakwood and handles the Junior High Office with the utmost efficiency:) The kids and parents love her. I love working with her!!!" Tina Detamore said.

April:  Lori Morris, OHS


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"Not only is Lori an amazing English teacher, she devotes ENDLESS hours to the academic decathlon team. She works with them almost every single day at lunch and then some days before and after school as well. The students absolutely love her and she's created such a fantastic culture for the team that they are like a small family. All of that hard work has paid off too as they're eight-time state champs and seven-time national champs," Jenna Hill said.

March:  Joni Sherk, OHS

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"Joni is a tireless workhorse behind the scenes dealing with finance and money at our school. She will do everything she can to help you and always has a positive attitude. She is a bright spot in the day, when so often paperwork and money sound like the last thing you want to deal with," Matt Deters said.

February:  Cara Leedy, OHS

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"Cara Leedy, Intervention Specialist at the Senior High, deserves to be called a Staff Superstar. She consistently supports the learning needs of her freshmen students while at the same time nurturing their development of self-advocacy skills. She communicates positively and openly with fellow staff, parents, and students alike. She's also an amazing junior high volleyball coach. Cara's students are lucky to have her as their teacher!" Anonymous

January:  Kathy Jabir, Harman School

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"Kathy Jabir is my superstar! She is open to helping students and teachers. She worked hard to find a literacy project for our families that involves a family book meal/craft program that she coordinated with the Wright Library. She shares current research. She is in and out of rooms monitoring student progress as well as helping those students who need extra time and practice. Moreover, she knows when a peer is struggling and needs a break or a smile," Jennifer Davis.

December:  Bill Parries, Smith Elementary 

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"Bill is a superstar! He has a heart for the staff and students at Smith School and is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure everyone is safe and comfortable when they come to school. He goes above and beyond the call of duty each and every day, working on small projects in addition to the daily tasks in order to keep Smith School clean and up and running. He helps with electrical needs, playground repairs, classroom repairs and everything in between, always with a smile on his face. Bill is always on board with supporting a student who may need to help clean an area after making a mess or has earned a reward and wants to work with him. He even got a pie in the face during an assembly last year. He's just an all-around good guy who takes great pride in his work. We are blessed to have Bill at Smith." Smith Principal Lynn Cowell

November:  Brenda Casterline, Harman School

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"This woman does the work of 10 every single day—— with a smile. She is patient, kind, and takes care of us all."
Kim Walther, Harman School

October:  Matt Salyer, OJHS/OHS

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"Matt is always willing to do whatever he can to help."
Laura Connor, Athletic Director

September:  Cathie Newburg, BOE Office

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"Cathie goes above and beyond to support all district staff members and departments to ensure that the service provided by OCSD is top notch.  She doesn't do it for the recognition but does it because of she is intrinsically motivated to do her best and what ultimately best for students and staff."
Allyson Couch, Director of Educational Services