January 21, 2014… Independence Local Schools announced the winners of their “Guiding Star” Awards presented by New York Life Agent Jeff Malarik and Tulip Tree Quilts Owner Jo Ann Keller.
Scott Maretka, a biology teacher at Independence High School, received the “Guiding Star” Teacher Award for his dedication to both the students and other staff members. Along with his award, he received a $250 professional development grant from New York Life Agent Jeff Malarik and Tulip Tree Quilts Owner Jo Ann Keller, a $250 professional development grant from the Independence Educational Foundation, a $50 LemonBerry Frozen Yogurt gift certificate, and flowers and a gift certificate from Independence Flowers and Gifts.
Maretka was nominated by fellow colleague and parent Mary Dolejs. Dolejs said that from a counselor’s standpoint, “I can always count on Scott to have an accurate and true ‘read’ on what is going on with the students. He is one of my ‘go-to’ people that I can always rely on. Scott makes biology interesting, fun and academically challenging.” Maretka is also the advisor of the Biology Club and is responsible for the district’s Land Lab classroom and property.