Category Archives: Educator of the Month

December Educator of the Month

In just four short months, Brookville Middle School teacher, Samantha Walter, is already receiving accolades from her students.  Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, is pleased to announce that Mrs. Walter has been selected as Franklin County’s December “Educator of the Month”.  Mrs. Walter was nominated for this recognition by a student in her classroom.

Mrs. Walter joined the Brookville Middle School staff in August of this year.  She is currently teaching sixth grade at the middle school.  While Mrs. Walter is new to the Franklin County Community School Corporation, she is not new to teaching.  Prior to making the move to Brookville Middle School, she has been employed as a teacher in the Lawrenceburg Community School Corporation and the Sunman Dearborn Community School Corporation.

Mrs. Walter grew up in southern Ontario, Canada.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a Masters in Education from D’Youville College, in New York.  In addition, she has earned her certification in Mild Disabilities through Indiana Wesleyan University.  

The student that nominated Mrs. Walter for this recognition, states that Mrs. Walter is “very caring and she is really good at helping me with my homework and … Continue reading

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November Educator of the Month

According to Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, November’s Educator of the Month, embodies everything an educator should be.  Mrs. Katie Schneider, Franklin County High School Ag Education Teacher and FFA Advisor, is passionate about Ag Education and invested in her students, as well as the community. In her fourth year at Franklin County High School, Mrs. Schneider has transformed the Ag Education curriculum and reenergized the FFA program.  

Mrs. Schneider was nominated for this recognition by Grace Moster, Franklin County FFA Chapter Secretary.  According to Miss Moster, “Mrs. Schneider’s passion for agriculture and FFA have blossomed during the short time she has been at the helm of our program.  Our chapter size has doubled and our members have adopted her contagious positive attitude that has amplified their involvement. I could not have asked for a more driven, caring, and dedicated advisor.”

After graduating from Franklin County High School, Mrs. Schneider attended Purdue University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy and Agronomic Business & Marketing.  She first put her degree to work as a Precision Ag Specialist at Harvest Land Co-op.  While working full time, Mrs. Schneider went back to school and received her Master’s Degree in Science Education.  She completed … Continue reading

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October Educator of the Month

Third year FCHS art teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth (Conese) Krehbiel, has been named as October’s “Educator of the Month”.  Mrs. Krehbiel was nominated for this recognition by a couple of former art students.  Both students mentioned the respect, support, and consideration that Mrs. Krehbiel displays for her students.  “She is cheerful and kind toward everyone.”

Mrs. Krehbiel is a graduate of Miami University.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a minor in Ceramics.  While a student at Miami University, Krehbiel student taught at Brookville Elementary under the supervision of Ms. Mary Sorrells.  

In addition to her classroom duties, Ms. Krehbiel is sponsor of the FCHS art club.  She likes to brag that her art club has been awarded “Best Club Float” during the Homecoming Parade for the last three years.  She is also very proud of her students’ instagram page and welcomes followers at   

Outside of school, Ms. Krehbiel remains active with the Miami Art Education Alumni Group.  She also enjoys attending art exhibitions, creating her own art, and going to concerts.  

When asked about the best part of her job, Krehbiel stated, “The absolute best part of my job is getting to … Continue reading

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September Educator of the Month

FCHS Guidance Counselor, Whitney Gillman, recently received the good news that she had been nominated and selected for “Educator of the Month” recognition.  Gillman, a FCHS graduate and athletic standout, chose to return to her roots, here in Franklin County three years ago.

Gillman was nominated for this honor by a parent of FCHS students.  The nominating parent stated, “Ms. Gillman has been a lifesaver for my children on more than one occasion.  She is easy going, approachable, and knows her stuff.  Her door is always open and she is ready to help.  She has gone above and beyond helping my children get their schedules correct.”

After graduating from Franklin County High School, Gillman earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Xavier University.  Her first counseling position was at St. Joseph Orphanage in Cincinnati.  From there she went to Amelia, Ohio to serve as a school counselor for students in grades 8 and 9.  In 2014, Ms. Gillman made the decision to apply for a counseling position at FCHS.  The rest is history.

In addition to her counseling duties, Gillman serves as Assistant Varsity Softball Coach at FCHS.  In … Continue reading

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May Educator of the Month

During the week of May 1st, schools across the country recognized teachers for their hard work and dedication during National Teacher Appreciation WeeK.  To “top off” this week of recognition and appreciation, Brookville Middle School English teacher, Mrs. Hollie Noah, received the news that she had been selected as Franklin County’s Educator of the Month.  

After graduating from Mount St. Joseph, Mrs. Noah was hired by the Franklin County Community School Corporation to teach 7th grade English at Brookville Middle School.  Thirteen years later, Mrs. Noah now works with students in grades 5 through 8 at the middle school.  She also serves as one of the co-teachers of the Wildcat Prep Academy.

In addition to her teaching duties at Brookville Middle School, Mrs. Noah is co-sponsor of the Student Council.  Mrs. Noah and her counterpart, Mrs. Melissa Simpkins, ensure that members of the Brookville Middle School Student Council are actively engaged in providing opportunities for all students at BMS, such as Red Ribbon Week, Spirit Week, and Spring Dance. Mrs. Noah also serves as volleyball coach at Brookville Middle School.

When not working at school, Mrs. Noah enjoys spending time with her family.  The family is active in 4-H … Continue reading

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