GEM Award Recipients Honored on April 17

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Westerville Parent Council, Roush Honda, the Deputy Superintendent of Schools, the Treasurer and the Westerville City Schools Board of Education recognized Great Educator and Mentor (GEM) award winners at a reception and special ceremony held at Westerville North High School on Monday evening, April 17.  GEM awards are given to individuals who make a difference in the lives of the students in the Westerville School District.  All GEM winners promote the welfare of pupils in the home, school and community, and each goes above and beyond the call of duty.  This year, 27 deserving individuals and one business were recognized as GEM award winners.  The 2016-2017 GEM Award recipients are:



Early Learning Center, Lou Ann Kowaleski

Elementary Schools

Alcott, Esther Manoharan

Annehurst, Tricia Hall

Cherrington, Aaron Pinion

Emerson, Kate Mantenieks

Fouse, Amy Emler

Hanby, Michelle Andears

Hawthorne, Chris Poynter

Huber Ridge, Nichole Thomas

Longfellow, Kim Strapp

Mark Twain, Shelley Seabury

McVay, Lori Hause

Pointview, Bill Goldner

Robert Frost, Amy Kelly

Whittier, Stacey and Bob McIntyre

Wilder, Jennifer Hubble

Middle Schools

Blendon, Joyce Lee

Genoa, Mike Denney

Heritage, Anne Bates

Walnut Springs, Randy Gabel

High Schools

Westerville Central, Ali Price

Westerville North, Dr. Ben Hartnell

Westerville South, Matthew Wolfe


Vaughn Bell

Jack Brown

Gail Walter

Linda Weiler

Terry Gordon Business Award

BD Mongolian Grill - Easton Location

Aaron Heck, Assistant Manager