A London Elementary School teacher has been recognized as “Teacher of the Month” by a local radio station.
Sunny 95 FM and Telhio Credit Union awarded Mark Stafford with a plaque, as well as a free Donato’s Pizza party for his fourth-grade class.
The radio station and their partners at the credit union picked this year’s winners with Columbus-based education advocacy group Battelle for Kids, which recognizes a number of teachers across Ohio as “distinguished educators.” Stafford was one of them.
“I’m sure for the month of December there were lots of people [95 FM] could choose from,” said Principal Carol Daniels. “But last spring Mr. Stafford was recognized by Battelle. I remember asking many boys and girls what they thought of their teachers.”
“He’s always supportive and nice and he always makes everything fun,” said one of Stafford’s students.
Others complimented his sense of humor, making difficult subjects interesting and his artistic abilities.
From pictures hanging on the walls to the white board of his classroom, Stafford drew up some cartoons and other decorative pictures to make lessons eye-catching and interesting for students.
Daniels said they’ve recognized Stafford for his talents in drawing for a bookmark they gave away during an event.
Back in April, Stafford was able to bring in legendary children’s author Steven Kellogg to read one of his stories to the elementary students. Kellogg has written more than 90 books in the last 50 years.
Besides his students, the district as a whole has appreciated Stafford’s work as a teacher.
“Mark goes above and beyond to create an engaging atmosphere that breeds creativity, critical thinking and imagination,” the district said in a written statement. “His ability to collaborate fosters opportunities for his students and the entire school community.
“Our school is a better place because of Mark’s dedication to education, children and creativity.”
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.
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