Teachers Megan Yeager of Clermont Northeastern Schools and Nathan Warvel of Batavia Local Schools were honored by the Rotary Club of Batavia on May 28 for inspiring hope and learning in young minds.
Yeager is a second-generation teacher at Clermont Northeastern and is in her fifteen year of teaching. Her mother was a teacher at CNE while Yeager was a student in the district. Currently, Yeager teaches math and is willing to use various ways to assist students to gain knowledge including virtual learning, email, and lots of phone calls with students and parents. If the school doors are open, chances are Yeager is there.
“I was inspired to be a teacher by my parents, who were teachers,” said Yeager. “I knew in middle school I wanted to teach as well, because I had such good teachers all around me.”
Nathan Warvel of Batavia Local School District had already been named District Teacher of the Year when he learned of the Batavia Rotary honor. Warvel has taught Visual Art at Batavia Middle School for four years and has brought his passion to the students by creating engaging and cross-curricular projects for them.
He established an Art Club and an Advanced Art Class to allow seventh and eighth grade students more opportunities to practice their talent. He also spent countless hours organizing a school art auction that raised $11,000 for the Batavia students, a first in the school’s history.
“There are so many schools full of educators worthy of awards,” said Warvel. “To get this award is very humbling. My great-grandmother was a teacher and was a huge influence in my life, but I also had two great teachers who motivated me to become a teacher.”
Both Warvel and Yeager agree that the uncertainty of funding and reform at the local, state, and national levels are some of their biggest challenges.
“Today we have the honor of recognizing two individuals for Teacher of the Year,” said Michael Enriques, Batavia Rotary President. “Both of you seek the best in your students and what you do for the students can never be measured.”
On behalf of the Batavia Rotary Club, Enriquez presented each teacher with a $250 check to be used to offset classroom expenses for the 2013-14 school year.
For more information on the Batavia Rotary Club, visit www.batavia-rotary.org or find them on Facebook.