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Rotary honors 3 for excellence in teaching







Three area teachers will be recognized Monday for their dedication in the classroom during the presentation of the Bellefontaine Rotary Club’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.

This year’s recipients are Cathy Ulmer from Southeastern Elementary School, Bruce Smith from Benjamin Logan Elementary School and Tom Carrig from Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.

Here’s a look at this year’s award winners:

Mrs. Ulmer, who has taught first grade for 12 years in the Bellefontaine City School District, was nominated by a student’s mother, April Easton, who said, “Cathy is an amazing teacher with an extraordinary heart.

“Her idea of student achievement doesn’t stop where the state says they should be. She provides enrichment activities for all students, not just the gifted or high achievers.”

Mr. Smith, who is the fourth-grade department chair and the school science fair coordinator, was part of the groups that founded the Benjamin Logan Land Lab and the stream quality monitoring program.

For the past 12 years, he has collaborated with high school teacher Spencer Reames to form an afterschool science program for students in grades 4-12.

The final award winner, Mr. Carrig, has taught graphic communications at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center for 19 years, and also previously served as an adjunct professor in communication technology at Ohio Northern University from 1995-2009.

His nominator, student Ashton Waggon, said her teacher has provided a high-quality graphic design program that will be a major benefit in her future career.

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