The Tallmadge City School District was honored to have multiple teachers nominated for the 2019 Summit ESC Education Celebration awards. Tallmadge High School Mathematics Teacher Joyce Conway received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary dedication to teaching, which includes returning to the classroom after retiring in 2015.

Chad Nash, a technology teacher at Tallmadge Middle School, was nominated for the Teacher of the Year award, and Alyssa Weakland, third-grade teacher at Munroe Elementary School, was nominated for the Rookie of the Year award.

"We are extremely lucky to have Joyce, Chad and Alyssa as part of the Tallmadge City School District family," said Superintendent Jeff Ferguson. "They are wonderful examples of educators who put their all into teaching and it really shows in how they relate to their students. They go above and beyond every day to teach their students and make learning fun and exciting. Congratulations to Joyce for being named the Lifetime Achievement award winner and to Chad and Alyssa for their nominations."

This annual event, which took place Oct. 22 this year, recognizes educators from Summit County and surrounding areas who are making a difference in the lives of students across the region. Nominations for the awards are submitted by parents and educators who feel a teacher deserves to be recognized for their dedication to the classroom, commitment to the school district and desire to go above and beyond for each individual child. The Teacher of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Lifetime Achievement award winners are announced during the event.

Joyce Conway began teaching at Tallmadge in 1975 as a building substitute. She then taught special education for seven years. In 1984, she started teaching math at Tallmadge High School. She retired after the 2014-2015 school year, but came back for the 2015 school year and is still teaching math in the 2019-2020 school year.

"I have been teaching for over 40 years and I have loved every minute," Conway noted in her nomination application.

Chad Nash just began his 13th year at the Tallmadge City School District. He is a technology teacher at the middle school and also created a class called Designing the Future, which helps his seventh-grade students prepare for future careers. He taught in Akron schools for seven years before coming to Tallmadge.

Alyssa Weakland is currently in her third year at Tallmadge City Schools. She is a third-grade teacher at Munroe Elementary. Prior to arriving at Tallmadge, Alyssa taught for one year at Old Trail School.

Mark Horner, a social studies teacher at Tallmadge High School, was also at this year’s Education Celebration as a presenter. He was named the Summit ESC Teacher of the Year in 2018.