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Teacher and Support Staff Member of the Year
North Royalton City Schools announced the Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Person of the Year and recognized both individuals at the North Royalton Educational Foundation’s reception on Thursday, April 30.

The Teacher of the Year is Paula Ross, an elementary teacher at Albion Elementary. She began her teaching career in the North Royalton School District in 1987 as a first grade teacher at Valley Vista Elementary. Beginning with the 1996 school year, Paula moved to Albion Elementary, where she continues today. Paula earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Baldwin Wallace College. She received her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University.

Paula has been involved in Safety Town, a Student Council club advisor, grade level representative, entry year consulting teacher and helped with bus duty. She also has been helpful in working through the implementation of Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. Two years ago, Paula was named as the Cleveland Chapter of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Teacher of the Year at the elementary level.

“Paula is an exceptional teacher. Mathematics is her love and her strength. She is a leader in math instruction not only at her grade level but throughout Albion. She has led intervention instruction in math for our first grade students outside of the student day. She is consulted by her peers for instructional strategies. Paula, after 27 years in the district, continues to love her job. She provides for students individual needs while creating a climate of teamwork among her students. She has blended both the Art and Science of teaching, which is what makes her a wonderful example for North Royalton's Teacher of the Year,” said Julie Bogden, Principal of Albion Elementary.

The Support Staff Person of the Year is Richard Hrin. Richard is a classroom aide in the computer lab at Royal View Elementary. Richard started with the North Royalton City Schools as a substitute for two school years, 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. He then became an aide in September 2005. “Richard is a valued employed, who is always helpful, kind, considerate and thorough,” said Kirk Pavelich, Principal of Royal View Elementary. “He always has the best interest of the students and staff of Royal View Elementary at heart.”

“Both Paula and Rich 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, they also see the bigger picture and help out on a district level. They make North Royalton a great place to teacher and learn,” said Greg Gurka, Superintendent of North Royalton City Schools.