PIQUA — Paula Schmiesing, an intervention specialist at Piqua High School, recently was named 2017 Piqua Teacher of the Year. The award was presented to Schmiesing by District Superintent Dwayne Thompson and 2016 Piqua Teacher of the Year Diane Fox.
In her nomination, it was stated, “Paula is a very dedicated and hardworking educator that goes beyond the normal job requirements. She does not give the minimum, she gives her all. Paula works tirelessly to do her best for her students so that they are prepared for testing and for life in general. She wants the best for her kids, PHS, and the city of Piqua…,” Thompson said, “Paula has a strong work ethic. She truly cares about her students and wants the best for them.”
He went on to say, “Paula is admired by her peers for the work that she puts forth on behalf of students and our district.”
Schmiesing was one of five candidates from the district who were nominated for this recognition. In her application for District Teacher of the Year she wrote, “As I look back at my years of teaching, I often ask myself, “What have I done to make my students better people, not just better students?” The simple response is the content of the course, and the different standards that have been met. The deeper response that motivates me is that I have taught them how to be kind, caring individuals that are respectful to others, as well as compassionate and passionate human beings.”
Schmiesing is married to Piqua’s city planner, Chris Schmiesing. They have three children: Jack, 19, a freshman at Miami University; Ben, 16, a junior at Piqua High school; and Sam, 11, a sixth-grader attending Piqua Central Intermediate School.
Thompson also recognized Polly Reynolds as Piqua City Schools’ Support Staff Employee of the Year as part of Staff Appreciation Week. Polly is an administrative assistant at the Piqua Board of Education office. She has served in this role for 22 years.
Schmiesing and Reynolds will be formally recognized by the district at the Piqua City Schools staff end-of-year celebration to be held on May 26.
Polly Reynolds, an administrative assistant in the Piqua Board of Education office, was recognized by District Superintendent Dwayne Thompson as Support Staff Employee of the Year.