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

Stark State Advanced Technology Center ~ 6057 Strip Ave. N.W., North Canton, OH 44720  
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Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award

Due to the pandemic, SST9 has decided that we would NOT be accepting any nominations nor ultimately awarding a recipient for the Dr. Karen M. Williams Leadership Award. We recognize the exorbitant stress that administrators and other educators are under, and to honor the integrity of this award, it was felt to revisit this prestigious award in 2022. Please please thinking of an outstanding leader in your district, school or LEA whom you may wish to nominate in January 2022.

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