Janelle Sowders, a 6th grade English Language Arts teacher at Finneytown Secondary Campus, will be among the first cohort of teachers to serve as Ohio Teacher Leader Liaisons with the Ohio Department of Education. She will work within the network of up to 50 teachers from across the state on this new, innovative, and prestigious program. They will engage with the ODE on topics related to current and future education initiatives that support Each Child, Our Future: Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education. The Ohio Teacher Leader Liaison program allows educators to gain knowledge and skills related to trust-building, communications, feedback and use of data in addition to understanding state government roles and educational processes. This team of OTLL cohort colleagues will work collaboratively with the Ohio Department of Education and engage in two-way communications and feedback about current and future educational topics related to Each Child, Our Future: Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education. Janelle was selected due to her strong leadership practices and outcomes that inspire her colleagues to strive for excellence in education. “I see Mrs. Sowders’s dedication, hard work, flexibility, and compassion on a daily basis. She is reflective, open to suggestions, and eager to solve problems in a way that best supports our students. She always remains clear about our “why” as educators and reminds us on a regular basis about our impact on students. It is clear each time she speaks she is driven to have all of us be the best educators we can be for our students- because that is what they deserve. We are lucky to have Janelle as part of our Finneytown school community and congratulate her on this well-deserved honor!” stated Dr. Jen Dinan, Secondary Campus Principal.
Superintendent Terri Noe had this to say about Janelle, “She is a role model for all teachers. Why? Because she really cares. She is creative and believes in children. She expects them to improve and they do. She does not allow them to quit on themselves. It does not hurt that she is surrounded by a wonderful staff and excellent administrators. We are so glad she is part of the Finneytown Family. I am proud to have her represent Finneytown!”
Janelle will participate in the two-year program, which has already begun for 2020-2021.