Central Catholic social studies teacher receives citizenship award from VFW
Sandusky Central Catholic teacher Kathryn Goff is in the running for a state-level education award.
As recipient of the VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award from Post 2529's Ladies Auxiliary, Goff's nomination essay moved on to district level and won first place in a field of 22 district nominees. She now advances to the state level with the possibility of competing at the national level, where prizes include $1,000 cash for the winner and that teacher's school.
"It's hard to come up with the words to describe a really good teacher," SCCS superintendent Sister Mary Jon Wagner said.
VFW youth chairwoman Teresa Oglesbee said Goff was nominated by a fellow teacher, and after winning at post level Goff had to provide a one-page resume and five pages of documentation of her teaching experience to qualify for the district competition.
"It's really neat to have an award like this," she said. "They go over the nomination forms and pick out which teacher really deserves the chance to go on."
Oglesbee said judges at the district level not only looked through Goff's documentation, but also through the initial nomination letter and recommendations that helped her to win at post level.
"She's been here since the 1998-99 school year, and we've not only seen her growth as a teacher, but her growth in excellence," Wagner said.
Wagner said Goff, a social studies teacher, sets high goals for her students and herself and provides information, discussion and interaction that enhances the students' knowledge.
"She lets the student discover and share the world around them," she said.
Oglesbee said Goff will be honored at the District Honors Awards Banquet.