Chardon Local Schools News

Mrs. Kaiser Named Nominee for Teacher of the Year

Chardon High School English language arts teacher Tara Kaiser received a certificate on May 9 from the Ohio Department of Education, naming her as an official nominee in the 2023 Ohio Teacher of the Year selection process. (photo: Pastor Photography)

Congratulations to Chardon High School English language arts teacher Tara Kaiser on being named on May 9 as an official nominee in the Ohio Department of Education’s 2023 Ohio Teacher of the Year selection process. CHS principal Doug Murray recommended Mrs. Kaiser earlier this spring through an essay he wrote about her contributions to students and staff.


CHS principal Doug Murray said of the 610 school districts in Ohio — employing 100 to 200 teachers per district — being awarded nominee status is an enormous accomplishment.


In his recommendation essay, Mr. Murray stated:  “Mrs. Kaiser is on many committees inside of the building, leading professional learning communities and strategic plans, and intentionally goes to watch her students in extracurricular activities. She knows her purpose, lives the vision and mission of our district, and understands how wellness leads to understanding the standards.”


Next up, Mrs. Kaiser will complete an online application for the regional level recognition as 2023 Teacher of the Year for State Board of Education District (7).


Mr. Murray’s full recommendation essay is posted on the district’s news page at

Mrs. Fusco Earns Outstanding Educator Award

Chardon Middle School math teacher Adria Fusco was awarded an Outstanding Educator Award by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics this spring. (photo: Pastor Photography)

Congratulations to Chardon Middle School math teacher on receiving a 2022 Outstanding Educator Award from the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics. This recognition is awarded to local mathematics educators each year for their significant contribution to mathematics education.


CMS principal Tim Velotta stated:  “We have known how great Mrs. Fusco is, but now all of Northeast Ohio does too.”

Schools Launch K-3 Family Resource Bags

A sampling of the themed parent/caregiver resource bags that launched this spring for K-3 families, a support library made possible by a fall 2021 grant from Chardon Schools Foundation.

The District’s K-3 Counselor, Erika Barnett, was awarded a grant from the Chardon Schools Foundation in fall 2021 to fund parent/caregiver resource bags for families in need. The bags officially debuted this spring as an available resource for families of Chardon Early Learning Center, Munson Elementary and Park Elementary schools.


Parent/caregiver resource bags contain age-appropriate reading materials and craft materials and can be requested by parents/caregivers as a supportive resource when students are experiencing loss of a loved one, including loss of a pet; grandparents raising grandkids; divorce/family changes; and big feelings such as anger, sadness and worry. K-3 families are encouraged to contact Mrs. Barnett at any time to request a 2-week loan of a resource bag(s).

Mrs. Barnett stated she is grateful to the Chardon Schools Foundation for awarding the generous grant for these resources.

The Chardon Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been providing educational grants to the district’s schools since 1989.

CELC Life Cycle of Chickens

Chardon Early Learning Center pre-Kindergarten student DelilahSue DeWalt is full of smiles and awe upon seeing a baby chick in the classroom. The baby chick was brought to the classroom the week of May 16 by teacher Kristen Sironen, supporting the class’ lesson on the life cycle of chickens.

Munson Elementary Bus Calling Leadership

Munson Elementary second-grader Jourdence Nestor exemplifying leadership at the helm of the school’s public address system on the afternoon of April 29 as he announces bus arrivals at dismissal time.


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