North Royalton City Schools News Article

North Royalton City Schools Honors Kelly Tesar as “Teacher of the Year” and Dawn Filippi as “Support Staff Person of the Year”

Teacher and Staff of the Year

North Royalton City Schools recognized the Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Person of the Year at the North Royalton Educational Foundation’s reception on April 23.

The Teacher of the Year is Kelly Tesar, who is an English teacher at North Royalton High School.  She has worked in the District since 1988.  “Kelly is truly an advocate for children,” said Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools.  “In and out of the classroom, Kelly develops relationships with her students and strives to make sure they succeed not only in school, but in life.  When we talk about every child deserves a champion, Kelly is that champion for kids.”

In Tesar’s time at North Royalton City Schools, she not only teaches students in the classroom, she has served as the District’s activities director for many years, working with the students and staff to provide that something extra that makes school a great place to be.  She also coached track, volleyball and was a student class advisor, student council advisor and National Honor Society advisor.  “If there was something to be done that involved making high school a better experience for children, Kelly was part of it,” said Gurka.

Tesar graduated from Ohio University where she majored in Communications and English as well as being a student athlete on the volleyball team.

The Support Staff Person of the Year is Dawn Filippi, who is an aide at North Royalton High School.  She has worked in the District since 2011.  “Dawn has made a lasting impression on our staff, students, parents and the entire District,” said Gurka.  “She demonstrates outstanding qualities in her work ethic, dependability, attitude and knowledge, but most importantly in her relationships with people and her dedication to North Royalton City Schools. When I see her interact with students, staff and parents, I see the love that she has in her heart by the caring attitude that she exhibits constantly.  Her approach to her daily duties is very much exemplifies not only the importance of doing your own job, but also pitching in and helping out a colleague if they are in need.”

In addition to her role with the District, Filippi has been involved in all aspects of the school system even longer than she has been an employee.  As a mom, she was heavily involved in the building PTA’s and PTA Council.  She helped plan and organized PTA Founder’s Night and she was chairperson for the after-prom food and beverage committee. 

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