Albion names English teacher its Educator of the Year
School district also recognizes retiring staff
ALBION – A high school English teacher who has served as advisor to the Student Council has been named “Educator of the Year” by the Board of Education.
Emily Wemmer was announced as the top educator during an awards reception on Monday, just before the Board of Education meeting.
Board President Margy Brown noted that Wemmer started her career at Albion in 2007 and attained tenure in 2010. She has served a Student Council advisor since 2009.
“Her work with this group has really made an impact with her students and the community,” Brown said. “The group has made a commitment to community service and runs several clothing and food drives throughout the year. They host an annual Costume Closet in October of each year to help families celebrate Halloween.”
The Student Council also has been active with the Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House with events such as the annual “Walk for a Cause” in September.
The group collects cleaning supplies for the Ronald McDonald House and pop tabs are donated to the Golisano Children’s Hospital. The hospital recycles the tabs and the proceeds help fund life-saving treatments, Brown said.
Wemmer and the Student Council also organize the annual Senior Citizens’ Day, which is popular with both students and seniors.
The Board of Education also recognized retiring staff during Monday’s reception.
The following are retiring: Judy Brace after 27 years, Linda Logan after 34 years, Anna Klosin after 30 years, Dawn Bower with 23 years of service, Pat West with 22 years, Sharon Lang with 19 years and Richard Sanford with 15 years.
This group of retirees has more than 170 combined years of service to the Albion Central School.
The board also recognized teachers and staff for the following milestone anniversaries:
10 years of service: Jill Albertson, Melody Beecher, Dawn Brower, Patricia Levandowski, Holly McNair and Cassondra Schomske.
15 years: Lu Johnson, Christopher Keller, Adam Krenning, Shawn Ragonese, Jennifer Rowe, Richard Sanford, Kevin Smith and Angie Wolfe.
20 years: Kevin Feder, Cathy Galbreth, Carrie Kozody, Terri Monacelli, Toni Plummer, Tom Ritchey, Pam Sargent, Richard Shrout, Sue Webster and Kelly Wadhams.
25 years: Jodi Shaffer, Karen Spierdowis and Lisa Werner.
30 years: David Draper, Paul Drought, Ralph Englert, Anna Klosin, Douglas Mergler, Ellen Reichert Goff, Gary Simboli, Wayne Wadhams and Kathy Winans.
35 years: Linda Logan.