Teachers recognized with awards

Teachers recognized with awards

Kara Rodgers


Kara Rodgers and Shannon Smith have been selected as the 2022 winners of the Dr. William J. and Mae Hurst Jackson Award for Distinguished Teaching in the New Philadelphia City School District.

Rodgers is in her 15th year of teaching for New Philadelphia City Elementary Schools. Smith has taught for 22 years for New Philadelphia City Schools.

Rodgers and Smith’s dedication to teaching and achieving student success were recognized at the Quaker Foundation Awards Banquet on May 6. Each winner is receiving a $6,000 monetary award.

A committee from the Quaker Foundation selected Rodgers and Smith as finalists, along with Allison Leggett and Kyle Sundheimer.

Leggett has been a second-grade teacher for New Philadelphia City Schools for nine years. Sundheimer has been a teacher at New Philadelphia High School for 14 years. Leggett and Sundheimer were selected as the 2022 runners-up for the Jackson Distinguished Teaching Award. Each runner-up is receiving a monetary award of $1,500.

The finalists were selected from the teachers in the district who were nominated by students, parents, alumni and other teachers.

The Dr. William J. and Mae Hurst Jackson Award for Distinguished Teaching was established by the children of Dr. William J. and Mae Hurst Jackson, who formerly resided at 965 N. Broadway in New Philadelphia.

William Jackson was recognized by the Times-Reporter at his death in 1974 as one of New Philadelphia’s staunchest citizens and for his recording a first by opening a New Philadelphia office for the exclusive practice of optometry. He practiced as an optometrist for over half a century.

Mae Hurst Jackson taught English for several years in the New Philadelphia schools and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she served as church organist for over 50 years.

Dr. Bruce Jackson, Dr. Norman Jackson and Marjorie Jackson Rasche have memorialized their parents by funding this teaching award.

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