Area educators recognized at OSBA Spring Conference
Area school board members and a local nominee for Ohio Teacher of the Year were among those recognized at the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Southeast Region Spring Conference, March 20, at Portsmouth High School.
Recognized for 30 years of board service was Dr. Paul Crabtree, of the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center in New Boston, and Scioto County Career Technical Center in Lucasville. Crabtree is a retired educator from Shawnee State University where he served for 22 years. He started his teaching career at Valley High School, then after his Ph.D., was director of counseling at Minford High School and then to SSU until he retired. He first started on the ESC board in the early-1980s, and after a brief pause he returned in 2000.
“It really doesn’t seem like 30 years. I’ve seen a lot of things happen in education, and most of them very good,” Crabtree said. “I’ve always wanted to be in education. It has been very rewarding for me.”
He said he has enjoyed serving on the ESC and Career Technical Center, where he can focus entirely on education and serving students.
Recognized for 10 years of board service were Jeffrey Moore, of New Boston Local Schools, and Randall Simmering, formerly of Bloom-Vernon Local Schools. Recognized for 15 years of board service were Aaron Michael, of Oak Hill Union Local Schools, and Lisle Dill and Fred Edgington, both of the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center in New Boston.
Prior to his ESC board service, Mr. Dill was a member of the Oak Hill Union Local Board of Education for six years, and he was board president when the district started its new school building program. He is retired after 30 years as a high school teacher. He was the Oak Hill representative on the ESC board for three-years in the 1990s, and then returned in 2003 where he remains today.
“It’s something I’ve enjoyed doing, and hopefully I’ve helped out over the years in guiding the organization and helped out our local here,” Dill said. “I always wanted to make sure we could do as much as we could to help give these kids opportunities so they could succeed.”
Edgington’s 36-year teaching career began in 1958, and consisted of teaching, coaching, and guidance counselor -- all at Manchester High School. He joined the ESC board in 2003 where he still serves. He said it was always a goal of his to reach 15 years of service, and he’s proud to have done it.
“I like to see young people come back and say ‘hi, coach, how are you?’ or say ‘hey, wasn’t it fun in American History?’ and sometimes their tales get so much bigger and longer. It’s an exciting thing to see a young person grow and mature,” Edgington said. “Now on the ESC board, we just try to aid in any way that we can with so many of the services that the ESC offers.”
Also recognized was Ohio Department of Education Teacher of the Year nominee Megan Large, from South Webster High School (Bloom-Vernon Local Schools). Large has been teaching for 10 years -- seven at Green High School and the last three years at South Webster where she teaches 10th grade U.S. History, 12th grade Psychology, and College Credit-Plus classes.
She first learned that she was a nominee in April 2017.
"I felt completely unworthy and shocked," Large said. "I don't think there can be a teacher of the year. I feel like there are so many amazing people who walk into a school every single day and give themselves tireless and they are willing to do everything that they can to make sure every student has what they need to succeed. I just feel like we all are working together."
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