Youngstown honors two top teachers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) –  Two Youngstown City School District teachers were honored Thursday as the district’s 2014-15 “Teacher of the Year” at the annual ceremony at the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Andrea Elberty and Andrea Patton are both intervention specialists who team teach autistic students in grades 2 through 6 at William Holmes McGuffey Elementary School.

Elberty has taught in the district for 23 years. She attended Kirkmere Elementary, Volney Rogers Junior High and graduated from Chaney High School. Her mother was an educational assistant at Leonard Kirtz School, which she said inspired her to become a special education teacher. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University.

Patton has taught in the Youngstown district for 28 years. She also attributes her decision to become a special education teacher to her mother, who taught at Garfield Elementary School. She also is a YSU graduate.

Other teachers nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award were:

  • Karen Cashier, Paul C. Bunn Elementary School
  • Melissa Forde, Rayen Early College
  • Leah Godoy, Harding Elementary School
  • Tricia Goodnough, Choffin Career and Technical Center
  • Meysha Harville, Youngstown Early College
  • Paul McConnell, Taft Elementary School
  • Deliliah O’Casio-Williams, East High School
  • Manfred Michalski, Programs of Promise at Wilson
  • Sharon Ragan, Chaney High School
  • Monqiue Smith, Williamson Elementary School
  • Evelyn Veal, Martin Luther King Elementary School
  • Kelly Weeks, Discovery Program at Kirkmere
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