Two Bay Village Schools administrators win top Ohio PTA honors

Bay's Normandy Elementary Principal Dan Sebring (left) and Director of Curriculum Char Shryock (center left) were given top honors by Ohio PTA. They were supported at the state conference by Director of Special Services Marty Patton (center right) and Superintendent Clint Keener.

Ohio PTA presented its top honors to two of Bay Village Schools' own at its state conference on Sunday, April 12.

Normandy Elementary School Principal Dan Sebring was named the Ohio PTA District 12 Outstanding Educator. He was also named Ohio PTA's Outstanding Educator for the entire state.

In addition, the district's Director of Curriculum, Char Shryock, was presented the prestigious Ohio PTA Oak Tree Award for her advocacy work on behalf of all Ohio's children.

Sebring shared credit for the awards with his staff. ""Our students are at the heart of everything we do," he said. "I am extremely honored to accept this award on behalf of the tremendous work we do as a team at Normandy. Although my name is on the award, truly it is representative of and attributed to everything we do as a highly collaborative staff who supports and cares for our students and each other. The recognition goes to all of Normandy School and the culture we have all worked to establish and maintain."

Shryock has worked for years with state officials to help Ohio districts implement new learning standards for students in kindergarten through grade 12. She also leads educators from throughout the state in reviewing potential testing programs that measure achievement of those standards. Shryock frequently presents workshops to help parents and teachers throughout Ohio understand the new standards and testing systems.

"As a third-generation member of the PTA, I understand the importance of a strong collaboration between school and parents when it comes to supporting learning for all of our students," she said. "I was honored to receive this award. There are so many PTA members who regularly advocate for children within their school, their district and our state."

Superintendent Clint Keener expressed his pride in having two district leaders recognized by Ohio PTA at the highest level. "Char Shryock has an ability to help others understand complex issues," he said. "It is wonderful to know that she was recognized by a group that includes parents. Dan Sebring strives to improve learning for all students while also planning activities to excite the children about school. Both educators deserve to be recognized for their service to our district and to education."

Karen Derby

Director of Communications for the Bay Village City School District

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