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Two Scioto County teachers earn top scores
Published on October 27, 2016
Two Scioto County teachers earn top scoresTwo Scioto County teachers earned high marks on their Resident Educator State Assessment (RESA) this year. Kelly Garinger and Anne Caudill were among the top 100 RESA scores in the state of Ohio, and were both invited to an awards reception in Columbus on Oct. 13.

Caudill teaches visual arts at Minford High School, and Garinger teaches grades 7-8 English language arts at Bloom-Vernon.

“I was actually really surprised. I had learned earlier the same day that there was going to be a reception for the top 100 scores but I just kind of dismissed it. I knew I had done well, but I didn’t think I had done that well. So when I got the e-mail saying that I had been invited to attend the reception I was very excited,” Garinger said.

New teachers starting their first job are given a Resident Educator Teaching License by the state of Ohio, and must complete four years of Resident Educator Training to receive their Professional Teaching License. The program is administered locally by the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center in New Boston.

Year One teachers meet four times a year for training; Year Two meets three times a year, Year Three meets once, and Year Four meets individually with teachers. During those four years, Resident Educator Teachers work closely with a mentor to guide and evaluate them. During their third year, teachers must participate in the Resident Educator Summative Assessment.

The 2015-16 assessment concluded in April and the Ohio Department of Education released its scores on June 15. Fifty-eight teachers in the South Central Ohio ESC consortium completed all tasks in the assessment, and 51 passed all tasks.

“The RESA was no easy task to complete so when I was notified that I had achieved one of the top 100 RESA scores in the state I was elated,” exclaimed Caudill. “I spent countless hours filming lessons, writing responses, re-writing, reflecting, and tweaking every little detail until the tasks were completed to my specifications. Though the RESA was challenging at times I had a fantastic mentor who supported me every step of the way. It was definitely one year of my teaching career that I will never forget.”

Garinger said she was told that 19,000 people in the state of Ohio who had completed the program in the past three years. The top 100 scores from each of the past three years were all invited to participate in the reception on Oct. 13.

Tammy Hambrick, ESC Resident Educator program director, said all new teachers who have passed the RESA deserve praise, but said Caudill and Garinger deserve additional praise.

“Considering the number of teachers who have taken the assessment, to receive such high scores is an outstanding achievement. I am very proud of them,” Hambrick said.

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