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GEM Award Recipients Announced

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Sponsors Westerville Parent Council and Roush Honda are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s GEM Awards.

Now in its fifteenth year, the GEM Awards program, which stands for Great Educator Mentor, recognizes volunteers and district staff who go above and beyond for students in Westerville schools.

Each building solicits nominations and a committee comprised of staff and parents select an honoree.  In addition, a committee with district-wide representation selects one community business or organization recipient and four individuals for contributions that impact more than one building or the district as a whole.

Additionally, this year the sponsors will honor the Westerville Police Department with a special “Community Heroes GEM Award” in grateful appreciation of the department's positive relationship with our schools and their dedication to creating safe learning environments for all students.  

GEM Award recipients will be recognized during a special session of the Westerville Board of Education on Monday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Westerville North High School auditorium, located at 950 County Line Road.  This special session is open to the public, who are encouraged to attend and help celebrate those who do so much for so many. 

The 2017-2018 GEM Award recipients are:


  • Early Learning Center:  Krista Houston

Elementary Schools

  • Alcott:  Jill Teruya
  • Annehurst:  Angie Monahan
  • Cherrington:  Jen Share
  • Emerson:  Laine Wood
  • Fouse:  Tracy Price
  • Hanby:  Monica Brown
  • Hawthorne:  Gina Carfagna
  • Huber Ridge:  Elsie Hunt
  • Longfellow:  Jan Hamann
  • Mark Twain:  Chelsie Lakeman
  • McVay:  Lisa Dapoz
  • Pointview:  Amanda Oakes
  • Robert Frost:  Jim Knapp
  • Whittier:  Molly Woodruff
  • Wilder:  Nichole Price

Middle Schools

  • Blendon:  Kathy Hayman
  • Genoa: Andrea Bishop
  • Heritage:  Dr. Dru Tomlin
  • Walnut Springs:  Donte Martin

High Schools

  • Westerville Central:  Stephanie Martin
  • Westerville North:  Jon Boyd
  • Westerville South:  Jen Baker


  • Lisa Aucoin
  • Dennis Blair
  • Elizabeth Firth
  • Nancy McFarland

Community Heroes GEM Award  

  • Westerville Police Department

Terry Gordon Business GEM Award

  • Westerville Caring & Sharing