For the first time, a vocational education teacher has been recognized as Ohio Teacher of the Year.
The 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year is Debra McDonald, 53.
McDonald teaches high school at Wayne County Schools Career Center in northeastern Ohio. She also operates a preschool at the career center where her students work as assistants.
“She is the first (state) Teacher of the Year from a career center,” the career center’s superintendent Kip Crain told the Daily Record. “We think she’s the national teacher of the year.”
McDonald was selected by a panel of Ohio teachers and other people who work in education who reviewed teacher of the year nominations from schools across the state.
In naming McDonald teacher of the year, state officials recognized her work with both high school and preschool students.
McDonald helps her high school students get work experience and those students, in turn, help preschool students get a good start in school, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Ross said in a written statement:
“Debra has enjoyed a rare opportunity to move the needle for two generations of students at the same time.”
Ohio Teachers of the Year
- Debra McDonald, 2014, Wayne County Schools Career Center
- Carole Morbitzer, 2013, Hamilton Local Schools
- Tim Dove, 2011 and 2012, Worthington City Schools
- Natalie Wester, 2010, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools
- Jennifer Walker, 2009, Youngstown City Schools
- Deborah Wickerham, 2008, Findlay City Schools
- George Edge, 2007, South-Western City Schools
- Eric Combs, 2006, Fairborn City Schools
- Deepa Ganschinietz, 2005, Columbus City Schools
- Kathy Rank, 2004, Piqua City Schools
- Doreen Uhas-Sauer, 2003, Columbus City
Source: Ohio Department of Education