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Star Faculty and Staff Members Recognized by District with Guiding Star Award
Star Faculty and Staff Members Recognized by District with Guiding Star Award Independence Local Schools revealed the recipients of their second semester “Guiding Star” awards on May 25.

Ken DeAngelis, Independence Middle School sixth grade math teacher and wrestling coach, received the “Guiding Star” Teacher Award for his hard work and dedication to his students. Along with his award, which was presented by Dollar Bank, he received a $250 professional development grant from the Independence Educational Foundation, flowers and a gift certificate from Independence Flowers and Gift, as well as a $25 gift certificate to Babe’s Coffee and Bakery courtesy of Tulip Tree Quilts.

DeAngelis was nominated by his student Joshua Stasek and colleague Audrey Smolik. Here is an excerpt from Stasek’s nomination, “I would not be where I am today had it not been for Coach DeAngelis. All throughout the past summer, he personally trained and practiced with me to prepare me for the upcoming wrestling season. Coach DeAngelis has inspired me to give everything that I can to become a better wrestler. He is more than a teacher or a coach, he is a good and kind man who I look up to.”

Here is an excerpt from Smolik’s nomination, “Ken has not only made a difference in my life but I have the honor of seeing him make a difference in the lives of his students. Ken has taught me the importance of being student oriented and putting out students’ best interests before ours. Ken daily strives to create relationships with his students showing them his genuine care for them inside and outside the classroom. He has such a positive outlook on life that it’s contagious and refreshing.”

Honey Philpot-McGhee, nurse at Independence High School, received the “Guiding Star” Support Staff Award for the dedication and support she shows to the students and staff. Besides her award, which was presented by Dollar Bank, she also received a $250 Visa gift card from the Independence Educational Foundation, flowers and a gift certificate from Independence Flowers and Gifts, as well as a $25 gift certificate to Babe’s Coffee and Bakery courtesy of Tulip Tree Quilts.

Philpot-McGhee was nominated by her student, Becka Fabich. Here is an excerpt from her nomination, “Honey is the best nurse I have had in such a long time. Now that I have Nurse Honey, just like her name, my world is oh so very sweet once again.”

“Both Ken and Honey are very deserving of this award for the enthusiasm and dedication they bring to the students and staff every day. I am thankful for the devotion Ken, Honey and all the faculty members bring to the Independence Local School District students and families,” said Superintendent of Independence Local Schools Ben Hegedish.
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