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First Semester Crystal Starfish Winners Announced
North Royalton Schools Honor Two Dedicated Staff Members with the Crystal Starfish Award

On Tuesday, December 20, North Royalton City Schools announced the winners of the first semester Crystal Starfish Award presented by the First Federal of Lakewood.

At North Royalton High School, teacher Mr. Jonathan Dietrich was presented the Crystal Starfish Teacher Award. Besides the award he also received a $250 Professional Development Grant from the First Federal of Lakewood, a $50 gift certificate to Cleat’s restaurant and flowers from Independence Flowers and Gifts. Jonathan was nominated by his student, Ava Costello and colleagues Rachel Undercoffer and the Special Education Department at the high school. Here’s an excerpt from Ava Costello’s submission:

“Mr. Dietrich takes pride in what he does. He is a great role model and friend to everyone who is part of the Thespian family at North Royalton High School.” Here is an excerpt from Rachel Undercoffer and the Special Education Department’s submission:

“If there is anyone in this district who exemplifies and personifies the Crystal Starfish Award motto ‘making a difference above and beyond,’ it’s our colleague, Jon. Day in and day out, Jon is 100% dedicated and devoted to the students at North Royalton High School and ensuring that they have a positive school experience. He is a genuine person who cares about the needs of the students, no matter how big or small, and take the time to reach those who may struggle. Jon thrives on a challenge and produces positive results, as seen in the students who improve their skills with his assistance. Combined with his personable manner and expertise, Jon is able to engage with students from all walks of life and makes them feel respected, valued and accepted. It is not always easy to be an instructor who works with the students with the most needs, but Jon does it every day with a smile. Not only is Jon working as a general education teacher in English Language Arts this year and being the Response to Intervention instructor at the high school, he also volunteers to run various clubs, activities and organizations. He has established connections with the community, staff and students. Jon is humble and collaborates with others daily to ensure student success. Whether he knows it or not, Jon Dietrich is a staff member to be emulated in the school setting and is a wonderful role model for our students here at North Royalton.”

Bryan Sheffield, North Royalton High School Head Custodian was the recipient of the Crystal Starfish Support Staff Award. Along with the award, the First Federal of Lakewood presented him with a $50 gift certificate to Cleat’s restaurant and flowers from Independence Flowers and Gifts. The High School administrators nominated Bryan. Here’s an excerpt from their submission:

“Bryan leads the daytime and night time custodial and cleaning crews with confidence, integrity, patience and authenticity. He has made an incredible difference in the lives of all he touches on a daily basis. His commitment, care and collaborative style are a tremendous asset to the high school and the entire staff. Bryan takes pride in providing the best possible environment for our students in spite of the limitations and age of our facility. The building is always looking clean and maintained, not to mention inviting. We have never once heard him say something was impossible or too difficult to do. In talking with others about Bryan, everyone mentions the attributes that make him so worthy of this award: organized, dedicated, conscientious, dependable, exhibits great judgement, eager to learn, willingness to teach others, works independently, always willing to lend a hand, outstanding attendance, self-motivated and maintains a positive attitude no matter the job or situation.”

“Both Jon and Bryan are so deserving of this recognition,” said Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools. “I have known Jon since the day he started working here and he always is willing to do whatever he can to make a difference to our students. Bryan sees the big picture and that picture is to provide the best for the students and staff of North Royalton City Schools. Congratulations to both Jon and Bryan and thank you to those who nominated these staff members.”

The First Federal of Lakewood Crystal Starfish awards are presented to support staff members and teachers who make a difference in their schools and go above and beyond in all that they do. “Every day, teachers and staff of North Royalton City Schools are making a difference,” said Branch Operations Manager Michelle Cabassa, First Federal of Lakewood. “Our bank is honored to partner with the district, enabling these special individuals to be recognized publicly for their contributions.”