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December 2019 Educator of the Month

Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, is thrilled to announce that Mrs. Kellie Wallace, Life Skills teacher at Franklin County Middle School, has been selected as December’s “Educator of the Month”.  According to Howell, “Mrs. Wallace is a very dedicated and caring individual. She goes the extra mile for her students, forms strong relationships with families, and is active in our community.”

Mrs. Wallace is in her fifth year of teaching in Franklin County.  Prior to coming to Franklin County, Mrs. Wallace taught for the Mt. Healthy City Schools.   Mrs. Wallace is a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph University. Wallace continued her education at Xavier University earning a Masters in Special Education.  

Mrs. Wallace was actually nominated for this honor by a coworker.  The coworker spoke about the calm demeanor of Mrs. Wallace. “She engages all her students, makes them feel loved and welcome in the classroom, and does her best each and every day.  She is always positive and upbeat and willing to do whatever needs to be done for each and every one of her students.”

In addition to her teaching assignment, Mrs. Wallace has helped coach soccer and has been involved in the Special Olympics and the Unified Champion programs.  She and her students also run a student-led business at Franklin County Middle School called the “Cup of Kindness” Cafe. Once a week, the staff has the opportunity to place an order for a cup of coffee, soda, and other offerings from the “Cup of Kindness” Cafe.  The orders are collected, filled, and delivered to the staff by the students.  

When not at school, Mrs. Wallace enjoys spending time with her own family.  She enjoys following FC Cincinnati Soccer, swimming, and hiking. She is also a self-proclaimed shopper.  

When asked about the best part of her job, Mrs. Wallace responded, “The best part of my job is connecting with the students and seeing them grow a little more each day. I love witnessing them do something that they couldn’t do the day before. To watch them overcome a challenge or complete a task that they didn’t think they could do by themselves is such a blessing. I love seeing my students discover their abilities and how they can use their abilities to better our community.”

The purpose of the “Educator of the Month” program is to recognize outstanding Franklin County educators who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, leadership in the school, dedication to the students, and involvement in the community.  Nomination forms for “Educator of the Month” can be found on the school corporation website at www.fccsc.k12.in.us.