Duplisea is finalist for Ohio Teacher of the Year
CMSD NEWS BUREAU
Catherine Duplisea, a teacher at Orchard STEM School, is one of four finalists for 2019 Ohio Teacher of the Year.
The others finalists are Mona Al-Hayani of Toledo Early College High School, Bre Sambuchino of Loveland High School near Cincinnati and David Kaser of Barberton High School.
A panel will interview the four teachers and pick a winner who will be announced in the fall. The state winner will compete for the National Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Last month, Duplisea was named 2019 Teacher of the Year for Ohio State Board of Education District 11. She and 10 other regional winners then had a chance to become finalists.
A former kindergarten teacher, Duplisea is now her school's STEM lead model teacher, helping to plan and facilitate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons with a focus on technology integration using iPads. In 2016, Apple supplied an iPad for every Orchard student as part of the White House's ConnectEd initiative.
Last year, Duplisea was one of 10 winners in the second annual Excellence in Teaching Award program, a partnership between the George Gund and Cleveland foundations, the school district and the Cleveland Teachers Union. She also received the state's master teacher designation last school year.
"My passion for teaching in urban education stems from a burning desire in my soul to live a life of service and do my part in closing opportunity gaps," Duplisea said after receiving the District 11 award. "I am honored to be on such an amazing team of educators in CMSD. I will continue to proudly represent our scholars, educators and community, shedding light on the joyous innovation and creativity we see in our classrooms each day."
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