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Bardanis, Schell Win Oak Tree Award

The Webster PTSA and the Webster Teachers’ Association are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Oak Tree Recognition Award.  Each year two educators, one from elementary and one from secondary, are selected to receive this honor.  An educator may only receive Oak Tree Recognition once in their teaching career.  Recipients are teachers whose commitment to education  exemplify what it is to be an outstanding educator both in the classroom and in the teaching community.
 
photo of Joan Bardanis
Joan Bardanis
The secondary recipient is Joan Bardanis.  Joan has been a teacher in Webster for 17 of her 31-year career in education.  She is a special education teacher at Webster Thomas High School and was nominated by her teaching colleague, Kyle Suffoletto. Kyle shares his view of Joan as having unparalleled “love, patience, care, and for whom inclusion matters, and her colleagues say that she shines at her craft.  They describe her as  flexible and responsive to every learner’s needs.  Joan Bardanis values her connections with students, because connections lead to learning. Listening and maintaining open dialogue with students and colleagues are hallmarks of her success."
 
photo of Tamara Schell
Tamara Schell

The elementary recipient is Tamara Schell.  Tamara has spent all of her 23 years in education in Webster schools.  She is a second grade teacher at Plank South Elementary School and was nominated by 2008 Oak Tree recipient Mimi Topping. Mimi describes Tamara's classroom culture as warm, respectful and incredibly engaging. Her colleagues describe her as one of the most skilled, yet humble teachers.  Tamara is a "true role model of integrity, collaboration, communication, respect, and excellence.”  She is a leader and a mentor who has high expectations for her students; because she believes in them they believe in themselves.
 
The Oak Tree committee surprised the recipients during their weekly distance building meeting. Nominations for Oak Tree 2021 will open during the 2020-21 school year.
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