Teachers gather before school starts

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Gary Barber, Tiffin City Schools’ Superintendent, spoke to new and current educators and community members Thursday morning during the 34th annual Administrators and Educators Appreciation Breakfast at Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center.

Educators and administrators from local school districts gathered Thursday morning to kick-off the year during the 34th annual Administrators and Educators Appreciation Breakfast.

The breakfast, which took place at Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center, welcomed new educators from area districts and universities.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz welcomed new teachers to the area.

“You are here to mold our future,” he said. “You have a golden opportunity to get in (the minds of children) and make a significant impact.”

Tiffin City School Superintendent Gary Barber served as the keynote speaker.

Barber said there are three must-haves for a successful classroom — to have a caring teacher, high expectations for students and a diverse learning environment.

“Teachers need to give students confidence to take a risk,” he said. “Having a caring teacher makes that possible.”

During the event, the Outstanding Educator Award was presented to Jo-Ann Lipford-Sanders, Heidelberg University’s dean of behavioral sciences and education. She also is the director of the university’s master in counseling program and helped to deliver accreditation to the program.

Lipford-Sanders came to Heidelberg in 1997, graduating from Kent State University with her doctorate and as a licensed counselor.

During the breakfast, it was announced the Seneca County Museum is to host a poster contest with the theme of Seneca County’s past, present and future for children in grades 3-8. Children are to design a poster depicting Seneca County events and people in the different time periods. Awards are to be given during the museum’s Christmas open house in December.

Posters can be delivered to the Seneca County Commissioners office, located at 111 Madison St.