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North Royalton City Schools Announce 2016 Teacher and Support Staff Person of the Year
North Royalton City Schools has announced the Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Person of the Year and will recognize both individuals at the North Royalton Educational Foundation’s reception on Tuesday, April 26.

The Teacher of the Year is Kami Likovic, an intervention specialist for students with special needs at North Royalton Middle School. Kami’s passion for helping those with special needs started when she was in second grade and was able to be a peer model for a young man with down syndrome. It wasn’t long after that experience when she decided she wanted to become a teacher.

Kami is described as a compassionate person who sees the endless potential in others. She is a student advocate and always makes decisions based on what is best for her students. This is why recently she helped start the Bear’s Den Café where her students make and sell coffee and hot chocolate every Thursday morning to the middle school staff. The passion she has for her students to succeed goes far beyond the school walls. Often she takes her students out into the community to help further their development and provide real-world scenarios to practice what is learned in the classroom.

“Mrs. Likovic is seen as a mentor to many and is always willing to share ideas, collaborate and help her colleagues. Mrs. Likovic’s desire to serve and give back to others was witnessed by many early in her life and is continually seen each and every day by all here at NRMS and the school community as a whole,” said Jeff Cicerchi, principal of North Royalton Middle School.

The Support Staff Person of the Year is Cindy Sostakowski. Cindy has been a cleaner with the North Royalton School District at Valley Vista Elementary School since 2009. Cindy demonstrates exceptional qualities in her work ethic, dependability, attitude and knowledge, but most importantly, in her relationship with people and her dedication to the North Royalton School District. Cindy’s day begins at 3:30 PM when the students are getting ready to head home but she is usually there early to visit with the students she has come to know. Throughout the end of the day you can hear students shouting out to Miss Cindy for a helping hand or to simply talk to her. The connection she has with the students is so remarkable that even on her personal time she attended an event entitled “Girls on the Run” to cheer on the third and fourth grade students from Valley Vista who participated.

“Cindy loves Valley Vista and our school district so much, she lives right next to Valley Vista, and she is exactly who we want watching over our precious school. Cindy is an exceptional, well-liked and respected staff member who has a wonderful rapport with not only students and staff, but also with her colleagues and parents throughout the district. She truly has made a difference to the children of both Broadview Heights and North Royalton. She is not only an asset to Valley Vista Elementary School, but to the entire North Royalton School District,” said Jeff Hill, principal, Valley Vista Elementary.

“Both Kami and Cindy make a difference in the lives of those around them each and every day. They not only do a fantastic job at their daily duties, but they go above and beyond to make North Royalton a great place to work, teach and learn,” said Greg Gurka, superintendent of North Royalton City Schools.