Local Teacher Honored


Minford — Battelle for Kids recently recognized Theresa Havens, a 6th Grade Mathematics teacher from Minford Middle School as a distinguished educator for her tremendous impact on her students, colleagues, and community. Theresa was among 42 teachers from across Ohio to receive the 2015 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator Award as a representative of excellence in the teaching profession. The awards were presented during a program at the Educators Connect for Success Conference in Columbus on June 16.

“It is such a great honor to be recognized with this award”, said Theresa after learning that Minford was nominating her for the award. “I have loved this profession for thirty years and the students and community have been such a blessing to me! Thank you with all of my heart.”

Celebrate Teaching is Battelle for Kids’ commitment to celebrate, honor, and inspire great teaching. Since 2012, the organization has recognized more than 150 outstanding teachers with the Distinguished Educator Award who have shown powerful results in the classroom. The 2015 class of Distinguished Educators were selected for demonstrating evidence of great teaching in multiple ways—including academic, non-cognitive, and community measures.

“The impact of a teacher starts with a student and reverberates through the classroom, the school, and the community. It is truly the gift that keeps on giving,” said Jim Mahoney, executive director of Battelle for Kids. “Congratulations to all the outstanding teachers in the 2015 class of Distinguished Educators, and thank you to the thousands of educators across Ohio who give so selflessly of themselves to teach our children.”

“Theresa Havens has always been a champion for her students regardless of their background or ability level,” stated Dennis Evans, Principal at Minford Middle School. “She is an amazing “cheerleader” as she works tirelessly to encourage her students to greater achievements both academically and personally. Not only does Theresa encourage her students, but her coworkers as well. She displays a passion for teaching and working with children that can only be matched by the best of educators.”

Visit www.CelebrateTeaching.org to learn more about Celebrate Teaching and the 2015 class of Distinguished Educators.