EMMALEE OLIVER & LISA RULE RECEIVE 2020 BEACON AWARD, TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
and article by Laura Schuler
Secretary to the Board of Education & Superintendent
Chillicothe R-II Schools
MARCH 15, 2021
Lisa Rule, Ed Douglas
Numerous Chillicothe R-II Staff members were honored
Monday, March 15, 2021, for their years of service and for excellence in the District during the annual service and awards program held at the Gary
Dickinson Performing Arts Center. The event culminated a day of professional development for teachers
and staff members.
Chillicothe Education Foundation President Ed Douglas handed out the awards to the nominees from
each building and presented the top two awards, Teacher of the Year and Beacon Award, to CHS
language arts teacher, Lisa Rule, and Dewey School secretary, Emmalee Oliver, respectively.
Other nominees for the Teacher of the Year Award were: Jaryn Schneider, CES; Mandy Gaston, Field; Susan Keller, Dewey; Kathy DeBoer, CMS; and Sondra Sturguess,
Teacher of the Year
The remaining Beacon Award nominees were: Fara Minnick, CES; Suzy Boon, Field; Eric Menconi, CMS; Andrea Graves, CHS; and Anna Plattner,
"We are so grateful for the Chillicothe Education
Foundation's support so that our outstanding teachers and support staff can
be recognized for their dedication to the District's students," Dan Wiebers, superintendent said.
"In such a challenging year, we are blessed to have such a great staff working hard to do their jobs and exceed all
The presentation followed the recognition of staff members who have earned service pins. Lauren Horsman, President of the Chillicothe Board of Education, handed out the pins. Members of the R-II Staff who were recognized for their years of service were as follows:
- 5 Year Pins:
Julie Larson, Emmalee Oliver, Fara Minnick, Quincy Vinson, Kathi Barnes, Rochelle Koehly, Natasha Renfro, Juliene Graupman, Randy Plattner, Amy Adams, Lacia Bayte, Norm Newbury and Danielle Costner.
- 10 Year
Pins: Carla Williams, Angela Black, Cindy Collins, Tim Cool, Lawrence Hinnen, Ray Summers, Dan Nagel, Lance Martin, Cissy Loyd, Ben Coult and Joe Rinehart.
- 15 Year
Pins: Katherine DeBoer, Natalie Leamer, Hilary Beemer, Diana Holcer, Kari Keller, Penny Kennebeck, Keri Rodenberg, Janice Shaffer, Anita Tatum and Sondra
- 20 Year
Pins: Becky Lewis, Katherine Gibson, Karen Jackson, Mike Lewis, Tara O'Dell and
- 25 Year
Pins: Kristi Clampitt, Shelley Hayen, Tammy Price, Bill Shaffer, Shanda Wagers and Jeannette Johnson.
- 30 Year Pin:
A reception for those recognized was held following the program in the performing arts