Whitaker Teacher is the Celebrate Excellence Educator of the Year for Finneytown Local Schools

Mrs. Woodward with her class.

Lauren Woodward, third grade teacher at Whitaker Elementary, has been nominated as Educator of the Year for Celebrate Excellence through the Hamilton County Education Foundation. “Lauren is an all-star teacher! As a third grade teacher, she and the third grade team rise to the challenge of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee each year,” proudly stated Grant Anderson, Whitaker Elementary Principal.

It’s no wonder Lauren was nominated as she is a leader in the school with Restorative Practices, which serves the cause of fairness and justice, as well as creating safe and supportive settings by fostering social and emotional learning. Additionally, her team has been setting the standard by regrouping students weekly to meet the needs of each child. She involves parents in her classroom during reading groups and actively participates in the school’s PBIS team, which leads the social and emotional curriculum (Restorative Practices) and recognition programs.

Superintendent Terri Noe explained that Lauren has been a valuable addition to the Whitaker staff. “Mrs. Woodward is always willing to collaborate and share. She seeks out ways to meet the needs of every child in her class. She wants to do the right thing and is always on the lookout for better ways to get things done.”

As a Magna Cum Laude graduate from University of Cincinnati, Lauren is in her 11th year of teaching with three of those years at Finneytown. She has taught second through fourth grade throughout her career, but most of her experience is in third grade. Additionally, she has a Masters in Reading Science including a Dyslexia Certification, Orton-Gillingham training, and Reading Endorsement from Mt. St. Joseph.

The Hamilton County Education Foundation is very proud to be hosting the 13th annual Celebrate Excellence Breakfast. This event brings together K-12 educators, university, business and civic leaders to pay tribute to this impressive group of educators. The annual Celebrate Excellence Breakfast has been the Foundation’s main fundraiser since 2006.  The purpose of the event is to recognize Educators of the Year from nearly every public school district in the Cincinnati area.  The breakfast will recognize all district honorees on May 3, 2019 at the Sharonville Convention Center.