State Support Team Region 9 Serving Schools in Holmes, Stark, and Wayne Counties

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12th Annual Conference for Families and Educators of Children with Diverse Learning Needs

While the conference scheduled on April 14  was cancelled, we wish to announce the recipients of awards and honors.

State Support Team 9  is honored to announce our 2019/2020 awards for Outstanding Student - R.A. Horn Awards, Outstanding Educator - Franklin B. Walter Awards and the Dr. Karen M. Williams  Leadership Award.   We are fortunate to have these outstanding individuals sharing their passion for education and learning in our region.  Download Awards Section of the Conference Brochure

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State Support Team 9 is honored to announce our 2019/2020 awards for Outstanding Student, R.A. Horn Award, Outstanding Educator, Franklin B. Walter Award and Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award.   We are fortunate to have these outstanding individuals sharing their passion for education and learning in our region. 

R. A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award for a Student

In honor of our colleague, Karen M. Williams, State Support Team 9 is honored to announce the 2019/2020 Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award. This prestigious award is given to honor a leader whose efforts have improved the quality of education and opportunities for all students.


 

Keynote Speaker and
Young Adult Panelist

Cameron Broom

Cameron Broom lives in Canton with his mom (Jodi), dad (Sean) and two brothers Max and Tristan.
Cameron and his two brothers have Autism.

Cameron graduated from GlenOak High School in 2014. While at GlenOak High School, Cameron participated on the school’s track and cross-country teams for four years. Cameron was also a manager for the varsity basketball team and attended all the football games for four straight years. He was voted the
“2014 Outstanding Senior Award” by his peers and Glenoak Staff. He recited the Pledge of Allegiance at
his graduation ceremony at the Canton Civic Center. Upon graduation Cameron entered the Project
Search Program where he interned at the Aultman Health Foundation. He also completed an internship
at Canton City Hall and was a participant and a mentor for the Ohio Governor’s Council for People with
Disabilities in 2014 and 2015. He learned to advocate for himself and others with disabilities. Currently
Cameron works at the Wendy’s restaurant in Washington Square sharing smiles with the all the customers.
He has worked there since 2017.

Cameron’s hobbies include computers, social media, Stark Public Special Olympics Basketball & Softball.
He volunteers for GlenOak Summer Baseball as a scorekeeper, pitch counter and concessions stand
worker. His interests include going to concerts, spending time with friends, travelling and attending
Walsh University basketball games.

Cameron’s future goals are to someday find a new job in the clerical field, continue to stay involved with
friends, and having fun in the community.

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2020 Horn Walter Awards for Outstanding
Achievement in Special Education

R. A. Horn Award Description

 

2020 Regional Recipient of the
R. A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award for a Student

Zane Fielder

Zane Fiedler is the State Support Team Region 9 Regional Recipient of the R. A. Horn Outstanding
Achievement Award for a Student. Zane is a sophomore at Fairless High School in the Fairless Local School
District. Ryan Murphy, Special Education Director at Fairless local schools shares that Zane has attended
Fairless local schools for the past two years. Previous to his attendance at Fairless, Zane participated in a
behavioral intervention school. At Fairless, Zane was provided his education in the general education
setting receiving services and supports. He maintained a C average and behavioral incidences were minor.
Staff was extremely proud of Zane’s growth and success. However, Zane encountered a major life
obstacle in April 2019. He suffered from a significant stroke and was hospitalized from April 2019 through
August 2019, five months. Professional staff at the hospital anticipated Zane’s release from the hospital
to be November 2019 due to the significant impairments as a result of his stroke. Zane took on the
challenge presented to him with hard work and self-determination. He was released from the hospital in
August 2019. Most remarkably, he returned to school shortly after Labor Day in early September 2019.

Zane’s stroke left him with many challenges to overcome. He lost feeling in his limbs. He had to learn to
speak, walk and take care of his basic needs again. When returning to school, Zane and his physical
therapist shared the story of his medical condition and the five months of rehabilitative therapy he
endured. Brent Remenaric, Intervention Specialist at Fairless, shares the following; “He is a great role
model for all students seeing the perseverance it takes to overcome life’s obstacles.” Zane assists his
peers with their academic work and has provided support and guidance to students in need. Ryan
Sarbaugh, paraprofessional expresses, “Zane possesses all of the attributes of what it means to be a
positive role model for others.” He continues to describe Zane through the following quote from Evan
Esar, “Character is what you have left when you’ve lost everything you can lose.”

So what does the future hold for Zane? Zane has applied for and has been accepted to RG Drage’s Auto
Services program. This was his vision prior to his stroke in April 2019. He continues to set realistic goals
for himself. He is moving forward with the physical/medical challenges he faces as well as outcomes for
his academic/vocational future.

In conclusion Mr. Murphy shares, “Zane has become a true leader, self-advocate and positive role model.
Since returning, he is earning even higher grades (A’s, B’s and C’s) and has had 0 behavioral incidents. He
is a leader in the classroom by using his medical trauma and disability to help all staff, students and
teachers be even more inclusive and supportive.”
We are certain Zane has a bright future ahead of him. We congratulate Zane Fiedler as State Support
Team Region 9’s 2020 Regional Recipient of the R. A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award for a Student.

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2020 Holmes County Recipient of the
R. A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award for a Student

West Holmes Local Logo

West Holmes Local Schools

Wyatt Troyer

Wyatt Troyer is the State Support Team 9 Holmes County recipient of the R. A. Horn Outstanding
Achievement Award for a Student. Wyatt is a fourth grade student at Millersburg Elementary in
West Holmes Local Schools. Wyatt is described as an eager learner who works hard to please all
of his teachers. He is a very conscientious student but has developed anxiety related to his
academic work, changes in routine, overwhelming noises and unfamiliar places. He has learned
to face these challenges with courage. Wyatt has demonstrated considerable strength in reading
and comprehension and is currently demonstrating reading skills at grade level.

In addition to Wyatt’s academic progress, he has an incredible interest regarding the science of
farming and mechanical equipment. His passions include John Deere, Dukes of Hazard, farming,
heavy equipment machinery, gardening and trucks. Since Kindergarten, Wyatt has been an active
participant in Millersburg Elementary School’s Garden of Hope. He assists with garden work,
planting seeds, hauling plants, harvesting produce, weighing/packaging produce and distributing
produce to local food pantries. Two years ago he asked his family for a raised garden bed for a
birthday gift. He has shared the bounty from this raised bed with friends and relatives. He looks
forward to starting his own produce business soon. Taking his interest further, Wyatt has
partnered with West Holmes High School Future Farmers of America to learn about raising show
goats. Wyatt will be proud to show one of the show goats at the Holmes County Fair this summer.

Lynda Park, Speech-Language Pathologist shares, “Wyatt Troyer is a student who shows great
dedication to learning and reaching his goals in all areas – at school, at home and in the
community.”

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Wyatt Troyer as SST9’s 2020 Holmes County
Recipient of the R. A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award for a Student.

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2020 Stark County Recipient of the
R. A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award for a Student

Chase Jackson

Chase Jackson is the State Support Team 9 Stark County recipient of the R. A. Horn Outstanding
Achievement Award for a Student. Chase is a Fairless Local Schools seventh grader who attends
the Stark County ESC at Tuslaw Middle School. Chase was served in an alternative school setting
for students with emotional and behavioral needs from Kindergarten through grade five. In the
sixth grade he transitioned to the ESC Classroom at Tuslaw Middle School. During his sixth grade
year he exhibited significant behavioral, social and communication challenges. Chelsea Ball,
Intervention Specialist shared that she and her paraprofessional “took the time to get to know
Chase and see what he needed to be successful in our setting.” They taught Chase strategies to
use throughout the school day using a positive behavior intervention support system. Chase
currently is successful in his special education classroom as well as general education physical
education, activity classrooms and Tuslaw’s work study program.

Chase is described as having a great sense of humor, being fun loving providing a joke when
needed to make his friends happy. He has learned to use his personality and humor correctly in
the Work Study Program at Tuslaw greeting customers, offering assistance and being creative.
Chase has been instrumental in designing T shirts, wrist bands and participating in satisfaction
surveys for the Work Study Spirit Shop.

Chelsea Ball continues to share that “Chase has made strides in his academics, communication,
leadership and responsibility skills. Chase is a great friend to others, role model, and student.”
It is with great pleasure and pride that we congratulate Chase Jackson as SST9’s 2020 Stark
County Recipient of the R. A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award for a Student.

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2020 Wayne County Recipient of the
R. A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award for a Student

Conor Halsey

Conor Halsey is the State Support Team 9 Wayne County recipient of the R. A. Horn
Outstanding Achievement Award for a Student. Conor is a sixth grade student at Mount
Eaton Elementary in Southeast Local Schools. Conor has struggled with self-management
and academic skills over the past five years. He has shown remarkable growth this school
year. He has shown determination and self-motivation. Pamela Offiner, Conor’s language
arts and science teacher describes Conor as “honest, dependable and incredibly hard
working. He is a positive role model who always enjoys working with and reading to his
third grade buddy.” He was recently awarded with a “Leader in Me Award” which
exemplifies characteristics of a leader.

Conor’s academic skills have improved significantly. Conor is now pushing himself to
succeed, requesting course work in advance so that he can get a “head start” on his school
work. He has shown considerable growth, especially in reading and has narrowed his
achievement gap in math and writing.

Conor has become a role model to younger students as well as his younger twin siblings.
Lisa Browning Wiseman, Intervention Specialist shares “I am so proud of the huge steps
that Conor has taken in becoming a successful student over the last 5 years. He has been
able to overcome the learning obstacles that he has had to deal with.”

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Conor Halsey as SST9’s 2020 Wayne County
Recipient of the R. A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award for a Student.

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Honorable Mention 2020 R. A. Horn
Outstanding Achievement Award for a Student

Abigail Adams
Fairless Local Schools
Fairless Middle School
Savannah Baker
Perry Local Schools
Perry High School
Ava Cecil
Wooster City Schools
Cornerstone Elementary
Destiney Elliott
Plain Local Schools
GlenOak High School
Jakai Engman
Wooster City Schools
Cornerstone Elementary
Owen Gish
Southeast Local Schools
Apple Creek Elementary
Anna Gladieux
Plain Local Schools
Glenoak High School
Luke Hamby
Louisville City Schools
Louisville Elementary
Aidan Hobson
Plain Local Schools
GlenOak High School
Christopher Kuhlmann
Marlington Local Schools
Marlington High School
Jashaia Oiler
Tuslaw Local Schools
Tuslaw Middle School
Marlee Payton
Alliance City Schools
Alliance High School
Erik Rossi
Plain Local Schools
GlenOak High School
Valerie Schlegel
Southeast Local Schools
John R. Lea Middle School
Anna Spilios
Plain Local Schools
GlenOak High School
Gabriel Sullivan
Marlington Local Schools
Marlington High School
James Joseph "JJ" Walker
Southeast Local Schools
Holmesville Elementary School
Ronda Weekley-Christopher
Perry Local Schools
Perry High School
Alexis Williams
Canton Local Schools
Canton South High School
Malachi Wilson
Tuslaw Local Schools
Tuslaw High School
Stark County ESC
R.G. Drage Career Technical Center
Alan Yoder
Southeast Local Schools
Waynedale High School

 

You obviously have earned the respect of many people.
Congratulations, again, for being nominated for this prestigious award.

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Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award

Franklin B. Walter Award Description

2020 Regional Recpient of the
Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award

Samantha Houmard

Samantha Houmard, Intervention Specialist at Louisville High School in Louisville City Schools, is the State Support Team Region 9 regional Franklin B. Walter recipient. Justin Haren, Director of Special Programs for Louisville Schools shares the following regarding Samantha, “Ms. Houmard has a passion for working with students with disabilities that makes it appear that she was born to do it.” Samantha works diligently to individualize academic, independent living and vocational development for each student. She sets and maintains high expectation for her students and encourages their parents to do the same. She has a strong focus on vocational and independent living skills and immerses her students in activities in both
school and community.

Samantha has proven to be a strong advocate for her students and finds opportunities for her students
to be embraced by their school community. A few examples include her collaboration with general
education teachers at Louisville High School. She has worked with the health teacher and taught an
interactive lesson on empathy, placing students in situations that allowed them to experience what it
might be like to have a disability. Collaboration with the shop teacher resulted in the creation of a home
maintenance course where students with disabilities are matched with peer mentors. Tasks they
encountered together included such things as drywall repair, light woodworking, and creating various
craft items. The partnership then evolved into the students working together to create and race Soap Box
Derby cars. She has expanded relationships with local businesses and community organizations that offer
her students authentic functional, independent living and vocational experiences. Samantha’s students
participate in swimming at the YMCA, bowling with Stark Strikes, Louisville’s High School Cheerleading
program, and the Royal Knights Special Olympic Basketball game. Samantha is also the assistant track
coach at the Middle School. She has had students participate in Middle and High School track. One of her
students is throwing both the discus and shot put on the High School Team.

Maureen Radalia, Intervention Specialist, states; “Samantha continues to see the endless possibilities in
her students each day, both in the classroom and real life settings. Her zealous personality is contagious
and positive for her students.” Ms. Houmard is truly a lifelong learner, regularly engaged in independent
research on strategies and resources that will assist her students and families. She is an exceptional
collaborator finding a multitude of opportunities for her students.

With pride, we congratulate Samantha Houmard as the Regional 2020 SST9 Franklin B. Walter Outstanding
Educator.

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2020 Wayne County Recipient of the
Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award

Treecie Ice

Treecie Ice is the SST9 Wayne County Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award recipient.
Ms. Ice is an Intervention Specialist at Cornerstone Elementary School in the Wooster City School
district. Treecie offers each student individualized academic options giving them their own
“office spaces” to complete their work. In addition to academics, Treecie’s students are also
offered frequent opportunities in social skills, self-care, cooking and community involvement.
Weekly community trips are coordinated by Ms. Ice for her students as well as other students
with disabilities in her building. Community involvement has included swimming, grocery
shopping, bowling, eating out and many more.

Ms. Ice’s students are instrumental in providing for Cornerstone’s Caring Closet. The Caring
Closet distributes toiletries and self-care products to the school family. Additionally, her class
delivers backpacks of food to over 60 students each Friday. Treecie’s involvement in her school
community extends past her own classroom. She is a member of the Building Leadership Team,
District Literacy Committee and is the coordinator of the school’s before and after school
program.

Ms. Ice is described as “always being very energetic and positive.” She is known as a team player
collaborating effectively with her colleagues to design opportunities for her students. Families
are the cornerstone of Ms. Ice’s relationship with her students.

We congratulate Treecie Ice in being named the 2020 SST9 Wayne County Franklin B. Walter
Outstanding Educator.

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Honorable Mention 2020 Franklin B. Walter
Outstanding Educator Award

Emily Cook
Case Manager
Plain Local Schools
Oakwood Middle School
Alicia Dawson
Intervention Specialist
Wooster City Schools
Edgewood Middle School
Matt Ferrell
MD Teacher
Fairless Local Schools
Fairless Middle School
Vanessa Kusler
Intervention Specialist
Stark county board of Developmental Disabilities - Rebecca Stallman
Southgate School
Janice McCarthy
Intervention Specialist
North Canton City Schools
Hoover High School
Kathleen Toth
Behavior Specialist
Tuslaw Local Schools/Stark County ESC
Chelsea Ball
Intervention Specialist
Tuslaw Local Schools/Stark County ESC
Ali Burkett
Paraprofessional
Tuslaw Local Schools/Stark County ESC
Tuslaw Middle School

 

Congratulations for being nominated.
It has been said, “Far beyond classrooms and school yards,
a teacher’s influence lives on in the hearts of students”.

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Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award

Karen M. Williams Award Rubric 2020

2020 Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award

Cindy Class

Cindy Class is the 2019-2020 recipient of the Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award, presented by Karen’s colleagues at State Support Team Region 9 and her two daughters, Kelly Winters and Heather Massarelli.

Ms. Class represents the values that the late Karen Williams embraced-having a deep love of education and ensuring that every student has equal opportunities for a hopeful future. Cindy is currently in her third year as the Fairless Middle School Principal. Superintendent Broc Bidlack wrote in his nomination letter that Cindy “has worked tirelessly to transform the culture, increase opportunity for students, and raise achievement through inclusive practices, high expectations teaching,
accountability, and relationships.”

Cindy is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology as well as a Masters of Education in Counselor Training. She also completed courses in educational administration that included “Introduction to Curriculum” and “Administration of School Personnel”. Cindy continues to participate in county workshops and district initiatives.

Prior to joining the administrative staff at Fairless Local Schools, Cindy served as the Louisville High School Assistant Principal. She also was a counselor and the Director of Career and Technical Education for Jackson Local Schools. In the past, Ms. Class has been affiliated with the Stark County Educational Service Center, Walsh University, and the Stark County College Tech Prep Consortium. During her time in Massachusetts, Cindy spent time as a teacher and club advisor; supervisor and counselor; job specialist in career education; and a social worker with Child Protective Services.

In addition to Cindy’s varied professional responsibilities, she continues to include time in her schedule to volunteer at St. Paul Parish, which is located in North Canton.

Superintendent Bidlack stated that Cindy “has adopted our district's mantra and works to ensure that her students Soar to EXCELLENCE Every Day”.

Congratulations, Cindy, for being named the 2019-2020 recipient of the Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award. We salute you!


Past Recipients of the Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award
2016 – Michael Farmer – Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center
2017 – Broc Bidlack – Fairless Local Schools
2018 – William Green – Stark County Board of Development Disabilities
2019 – Jennifer Crum - Wooster City Schools

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