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2016 Project Excellence Award Recipients


Carlisle Local Schools

                Chamberlain Middle School                                                         Courtney Fogle

                Carlisle High School                                                                         Bethany Gentry 


Franklin City Schools

                Anthony Wayne Elementary School                                        Jill Osleson

                Franklin High School                                                                        Jeff Sams


Kings Local Schools

   American Financial Corporation Award

                Columbia Intermediate School                                                   Tracy Kleis

                Columbia Intermediate  School                                                   Holly Mueller


Lebanon City Schools

   Fujitec America Incorporated Award

                Bowman Primary School                                                               Heather Bickford

   Harmon Civic Trust Award

                Donovan Elementary School                                                       Kimberly Dillon


Little Miami Local Schools

                Harlan Butlerville Primary School                                               Tonya Carmack

                Little Miami Junior High                                                                 Kelly Lawson


Mason City Schools

   Worthington Custom Plastics Award

                Mason High School                                                                          Aimee Hansen * (2009)

   Mitsubishi Electric Manufacturing Cincinnati, Inc. Award

                Mason Early Childhood Center                                                   Michelle Hastings  


Springboro Community City Schools

   Pioneer Industrial Components, Inc. Award

                Springboro Intermediate School                                               Shirley Coulter 

                Springboro High School                                                                 Stephanie Franks


Wayne Local Schools

   Samuel D. Henkle and Nellie W. Henkle Award

                Waynesville Elementary School                                                 Melissa Ferguson  

                Waynesville Elementary School                                                 Amy Lipinski



Warren County Career Center                                                                 Sandra Colson * (1999)



Warren County Educational Service Center                                          Katie Strubbe


* Past recipient

The Twenty-ninth 2016 Awards' Banquet is May 4 at the Warren County Career Center - Reservations are Required  = Banquet sponsors are: Bayer Becker; GMi Companies, Inc.; LCNB National Bank; Lochmoor Stables, Inc.; McGill Smith Punshon, Inc.; Shakerland Farms; SHP Leading Design; US Bank and Warren County Career Center   Future Teacher Sponsor is Tim Abbott with Duke Energy

      PROJECT                                       2016

EXCELLENCE                            Excellence in Teaching

                                                   Educator Award Nomination                                                      

The Project Excellence Committee of the Area Progress Council of Warren County, Inc. seeks to recognize and honor excellent teachers within the public schools in Warren County. We ask your assistance in identifying exceptional educators who demonstrate excellence in instruction or innovative teachers who have pioneered a teaching method.  The educator must hold a current teaching certificate and work for the public school system.
Consideration of your nominee will be based on the information you supply. Characteristics of an excellent teacher might include but are not limited to the following:

 Demonstrates consistency and high commitment.
 Puts research into practice through their own initiative, is a discretionary risk taker.Implements creative
             instructional strategies.

Focuses on raising the bar for all students.
Possesses a full understanding of the subject and has the ability to challenge students at all levels.
Is seen by others as genuine, authentic and sincere.
Is a caring, thoughtful person who extends him or her self to make a positive difference.
Shows understanding of others -- parents, children, etc.
Continues to improve personally and professionally.
Demonstrates that he/she is committed to continuous improvement.
(i.e. constantly looking for new ways to do what they do)
Influences others to improve by modeling the way.
Other positive characteristics may include: motivational, shares ideas, inspires others, supportive,                            enthusiastic, creative, etc.

 Provide as much information as possible about your nominee.  Identify the qualities and characteristics that make him/her excellent. Give examples and state specifically how he/she has had special impact on the lives of his/her students.   

 Mail completed nomination to: 
      Area Progress Council of Warren County, Inc. 
      Project Excellence Committee
      Post Office Box 802
      Lebanon, Ohio  45036-0802

 Completed nominations are due by February 26, 2016

Please consult the list below for previously recognized Excellent Teachers who are currently ineligible for consideration. 

Carlisle Local:  Kelly Crowe, Brian Sprandel, Amanda Miller, Amy Sellers

Franklin City: Cindy Benjamin, Olivia Detamore, Melonie, Cochran, Elizabeth Kinder

Kings Local: Steve France, Stephanie Marchal, Ken Johnson, Cindy Null

Lebanon City: Robyn Buskirk, Noah Waspe, Becky Charlton, David Tarr

Little Miami Local:, Stephanie Grieshop, Amber Huber, Scott Hammann, Heather Hebrank

Mason City:  Dale Conner, Krissy Hufnagel, Kyle Cox, Lauren Richardson

Springboro Community City: Gail Dauber, Trina Penn, Brandi Hamm, Steven Hoffman

Wayne Local: Sharon Beckett, Pamela Bullock, Cady Bunn, Leah Hellemann

Warren County Career Center:    Julie Green, Gordon Gregg                                                                                                                   

WCESC:  Alexi LesChander, Jenny Spurlock

Project Excellence is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) foundation made possible by the volunteer efforts of visionary business leaders who are interested in the quality of education in Warren County, Ohio.  It is funded solely through the generous contributions of supportive Warren County individuals, industries and businesses.

The Donors who made it happen - - 



PRINCIPALS - $50,000 to 99,999

American Financial Corporation

Fujitec America, Inc.

Mary Hankinson

Harmon Civic Trust

Mr. & Mrs. George Henkle

Mitsubishi Electric Manufacturing, Inc.

Pioneer Industrial Components, Inc.

Worthington Custom Plastics, Inc.


SUPERINTENDENTS - $25,000 to $49,999

Area Progress Council of Warren County, Inc.

Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company

LCNB National Bank


DEANS - $10,000 to S24, 999

Cincinnati Milacron Foundation

Fifth Third Bank

Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Henkle Schueler & Associates

Hi-Tek Manufacturing

Rich Housh Services, Inc.

The Kroger Company Foundation

Mound Steel Corporation

Natorp Garden Stores

Repack Surgical Enterprises, Inc.

Ruppert, Bronson, Chicarelli & Smith

Jacob J. Schmidlapp Trust


PROVOSTS - $5,000 to $9,999

The Beach Waterpark

The Beck Group

Mr. Aaron Brafman

Mr. & Mrs. Curt Burge

Mr. & Mrs. Walter Davis

Mr. Arthur M. Johnsen

Kings Island

LeBlond Foundation

Mr. & Mrs. John McMinn

Mr. & Mrs. James R. Miller

Minuteman Press - Lebanon

Wm. A. Natorp Co., Inc.

Natorp, Ltd.

Al Neyer, Inc

Society Bank NA, Waynesville Office

Sumitomo Sitix Silicon, Inc.

Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce


PRESIDENTS - $1,000 to $4,999

Armco, Inc.

Mr. Neil Armstrong

Mr. Mike Augsburger

Bank One, Dayton NA

E. F. Bavis & Associates, Inc.

Mr. Robert J. Bendure

Berenfield Containers, Inc.

Bethesda Hospital, Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Bone

Brothers Trading Company

Mr. James C. Buehile

CDS Associates, Inc.

Cincinnati Microwave


Community Dental Care

Community National Bank

Coolidge, Wall, Womsley & Lombard

Mr. Earl Conner

Mr. Joseph C. Coons

R.L. Drake Company

Mr. & Mrs. William Federle

Ms. Nancy Fields

First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio

Ghent Manufacturing, Inc.

Mr. Larry L. Gill

Mr. & Mrs. J. Frederick Gossman

Gray, Duning & Dunlap

Mr. Jack Henkle

Huntington National Bank

Kettering; Medical Center

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph D. Landen

Mr.  & Mrs. George Leasure

Ms. Elizabeth Markey

Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Mechem

Mr. Corwin M. Nixon

Rotary Club of Waynesville

Mr. Harold Sherer


Mr. William G. Thornton, Jr.

Tipton Associates, Inc.

Voorhis, Slone. Welsh & Crossland

Waynesville Lions Club

Wright Brothers

Yost Pharmacy



Barbour Company

Howard Berninger, M.D.

Ms. Becki Bishop

Mr. John D. Brown

Mr. William E. Caudill

Mr. Arthur Caviness

Mr. Hall Clarke

Mr. Richard B. Craig

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Cunningham

Ms. Miriam Denton

Mr. & Mrs. Don Dyck

Mr. & Mrs. Dean Eccles

Mr. Tom Florence

Mr. & Mrs. James A. Garrett

Ms. Janet Goode

Mr. Jack Hedges

Ms. Maggie Hess

Dr. Dorsey E. Holtkamp

Mrs. Phyllis B. Holtkamp

Mr. M. Russell Horn

Dr. & Mrs. Richard W. Johnson

Mr. Richard Jones

Johnson Realtors

Mr. & Mrs. Sam Kaufman

Mr. & Mrs. William Kaufman

Mr. Orviile Keever

Mr. Jerome Keller

Landen Development Company

Mr. John Lazares

Lebanon Electric Supply, Inc.

Mr. David Lewis

Mr. Carl Lindner

Mr. G. M. Long, Jr.

Mason Industrial Park

Mason Lumber & Coal Company

Mr. & Mrs. Dean Nahrup

Mrs. Leslie R. Nettling

Mr. Eric B. Partee

Mr. Jonathan G. Payne

Mrs. Charlotte Peek

Mr. Edward A. Perkins

Mr. & Mrs. Al Porter

Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Powell

Mr. Joe Rippe

Mrs. Margie Schenk

Ms. Jane C. Schueler

Dr. Daniel L. Shull

Mr. & Mrs. David O. Smith

Sons of American Legion, Waynesville

Mrs. Pat Arnold South

Warren County Board of Realtors

Warren County Ohio Horsemen’s Council

Ms. Jean C. Webb

Mr. Charles Williams

Mr. Fred D. Williams

Mr. Howard F. Wilson

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen P. Wilson

Young & Hubbell, Attorneys


List current as of April 2015

Project Excellence continues to seek donors








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