Two Batavia teachers receive Master Teacher distinction

Batavia teaches Donna Ginna and Trish Hiler, left, and middle school principal Susan Hakel, right.

Batavia teaches Donna Ginna and Trish Hiler, left, and middle school principal Susan Hakel, right.
Two Batavia teachers are well on their way to being “masters” of their trade, as they have successfully completed the Ohio Department of Education’s Master Teacher program.

Donna Ginn and Trish Hiler were honored for their achievement at Batavia Local School District’s Sept. 19 board meeting.

Ginn is a Title I math and language arts teacher and Hiler is a seventh grade language arts teacher, both teach at Batavia Middle School.

“I just want to thank them,” Susan Hakel, Batavia Middle School principal, said to the teachers. “They took a lot on.”

Hakel said the Master Teacher program is intense. And requires teachers to show consistent leadership, distinguished growth and continued growth.

“Congratulations to you both,” Michael Enriquez, school board president, said. “It’s a lot of hard work.”

To even be eligible for the designation educators must have taught for a minimum of seven years, have a teaching license, work a minimum of 120 days and work under a contract.

If they are eligible to apply they must complete the application, checklist, write a narrative and provide supporting evidence and recommendations.

To do these things a Master Teacher must know and understand their content area, use varied assessments to evaluate student learning, collaborate and communicate with students, parents and other educators and more.

Once a teacher applies for the program, their application is evaluated by a committee, and if the teacher proves they meet the requirements, they receive the Master Teacher distinction.

“It makes you reflect on your teaching and your students,” Ginn said.

Both Ginn and Hiler agreed the Master Teacher process was unique. And while it was hard work it was also rewarding.

“It validates what you do,” Hiler said. “It makes you stop and reflect. It doesn’t stop there either, you don’t want to become stagnant.”