You Made A Difference Awards

Published: March 20, 2009 | 7401st good news item since 2003

No less than 13 educators, one from each school district, in Licking County were honored with the “You Made A Difference” teaching award as given out by students.

Two among them are Lisa Preisser and Christina Sommerkamp.

Primary kindergarten teacher Lisa has been making a difference in students’ lives for over 20 years.

She said to be both surprised and humbled by it while her boss called the award well-deserved.

“The award is very well-deserved.

She is a wonderful, wonderful teacher with a really unique program.
— Dana Letts, kindergarten center principal

Christina is a fourth-grade teacher who was nomiated by a 10 year old student.

“She’s a great teacher, and she helps me learn a lot.

I couldn’t ask for a better teacher.”
— Christian Rader, 10, student Licking Heights South Elementary School

As a teacher of primary kindergarten in the Southwest Licking district, Lisa Preisser has been making a difference in countless young students’ lives over the past 20 years.

But this year, her good work with young 5-year-olds has received extra recognition.

Preisser is Southwest Licking School District’s recipient of the Coughlin Automotive You Made a Difference award.

“I was very surprised and humbled by this award,” Preisser said.

“The award is very well-deserved,” said kindergarten center principal Dana Letts. “She is a wonderful, wonderful teacher with a really unique program.”

In the Licking Heights district, student Christian Rader nominated fourth-grade teacher Christina Sommerkamp of Licking Heights South Elementary School.

“I was pleased, surprised, puzzled,” Sommerkamp said.

Rader couldn’t have been more pleased.

“She’s a great teacher, and she helps me learn a lot,” the 10-year-old said. “I couldn’t ask for a better teacher.”

It’s the 10th year that the You Made A Difference awards have been given out.

Recipients are chosen by students for making a difference. They write and hand in an essay about their nomination. The best nominations are in turn given to the disctricts’ superintendent.

Published in Teachers
See also:
Inside Good News Blog