Nine Upper Arlington Schools educators have been selected as 2018 Golden Apple Award winners by the Upper Arlington Civic Association.
Each spring, the UACA recognizes outstanding staff members at Upper Arlington’s public and private schools. UACA directors solicit and review public nominations, then select the most deserving staff member in each school.
This year, the UACA reviewed more than 700 nominations from students, parents and peers.
Congratulations to the 2018 Golden Apple Award winners!
Josh Clemmons, Jones Middle School
Mr. Clemmons teaches eighth-grade science at Jones. He is in his 12th year of teaching science and his fourth year in Upper Arlington, all at Jones.
“Four years ago, my family relocated from North Carolina to be closer to our relatives and raise our children,” Clemmons shared. “The UA community has been kind and supportive since we arrived in Columbus and I have learned so much and grown immensely.”
Dr. Julie Eirich,
Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School
Dr. Eirich is a first-grade teacher at Wickliffe. She has been teaching for 19 years, all of which have been in Upper Arlington Schools. This is her eighth year at Wickliffe.
“I am both honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” she shared. “My passion for lifelong learning is ever present as I strive to co-construct knowledge with the children of my classroom, to provoke curiosity and to encourage interaction. You will see that all of us, from the young child to the adult, are students of our own teaching. I truly believe learning is a process and the experiences we share honor the voice and interest of the individual.”
Kyle Evans, Hastings Middle School
Mr. Evans is an intervention specialist at Hastings. He has been an educator for 13 years, six of which he has spent in Upper Arlington at Hastings.
“Being a part of the Hastings community has been a tremendous privilege each of the years I have been here, but particularly this year,” Evans shared. “The students, especially those that have participated in our Best Buddies program this year, have created an atmosphere where the Hastings Path (Thinking, Caring, Connecting and Creating) has been more visible to me than in past school years. I am very proud to be a part of the Hastings staff and to be able to spend so much time with our amazing students.”
Dr. Kevin Gorman, Director of Student Services
Gorman, the district’s director of student services, is the recipient of the Centennial Celebration Golden Apple Award. This is his 41st year in education and his sixth in Upper Arlington.
“I was surprised and honored that the Upper Arlington Civic Association honored me with this award,” Gorman shared. “I feel, as a district and a community, we work together as one team, and that truly has made a difference for our students.”
Windermere Elementary School
Mrs. Hemmelgarn is a media specialist at Windermere. She is in her 17th year as an educator and has been at Windermere for three years.
“I strive for Windermere Library to be the heart of our school, and I am so proud to get to be the facilitator of learning and creation!” Hemmelgarn shared.
Jana Holland, Greensview Elementary School
Mrs. Holland is a third-grade teacher at Greensview. She has been a teacher for 20 years and has been at Greensview for 16 of those years.
“I am so thrilled to receive a Golden Apple! It feels special to be a part of this tradition, and I am grateful to UACA for honoring teachers in our community,” Holland shared. “Greensview is an exceptional place! We have a very close staff, supportive parents and wonderful kids. It feels like a family, and everyone is really supportive.”
Bobby Huffman, Tremont Elementary School
Mr. Huffman is an intervention specialist at Tremont. He has been an educator for 10 years overall, five of which have been with Upper Arlington Schools at Tremont.
“I love working at Tremont,” Huffman said. “The entire staff has been wonderful to me since I first arrived. Also, I love how the Tremont community is dedicated to meeting the needs of all students.”
Janielle McKee, Barrington Elementary School
Ms. McKee is a teacher in a first/second grade class in the informal program at Barrington. This is eighth year of teaching and her sixth year at Barrington.
“Year after year, I cannot believe I get to spend my days learning and growing with such amazing children, families, and educators,” McKee said. “To say I am humbled and thankful to be apart of this community would be an understatement. Thank you so much for this honor! Go Bears!”
Adele Vergis, Upper Arlington High School
Ms. Vergis is a social studies teacher at the high school. She has been teaching for eight years and has been at the high school for three of those years.
“I was lucky enough to do my student teaching (with Betsy Sidor and Cathy Johnson) at Upper Arlington when I was at Ohio State. Since that time, I knew that UA was the school in which I wanted to work some day,” Vergis shared. “It's wonderful to work in a district with a supportive and active community (especially as a government teacher!). And I'm thankful to my students and colleagues for making every day fun.”