|Gail Seifert, left, and Sarah Grogan|
Seifert, a 34-year veteran of teaching (including 25 years of working with gifted students), is one of four educators from around the Tristate who will be honored with the Cincinnati USA Outstanding Educator Award. The awards will be presented at UC’s Commencement Ceremony, which begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, in Fifth Third Arena at Shoemaker Center.
The Mount Adams resident will be presented with a $1,000 UC scholarship to be awarded to a high school senior of her choosing who plans to attend UC in the 2012-2013 academic year.
She was selected from 23 nominations by soon-to-graduate UC students who wanted to honor a K-12 educator who inspired them on their pathway to a college degree. The nominations were reviewed by a UC committee that included representation from the Office of the President, UC faculty, staff and students.
|Sarah Grogan will graduate from UC in June.|
“Mrs. Seifert was the first teacher who made me do more than the minimum amount of work I needed to do to get by,” Grogan says. “Because of her high standards, the gifted class forced me to achieve my full potential as a student.
“She also emphasized that there was no such thing as failure. If something didn’t work, the gifted class just kept on going. My experience in Mrs. Seifert’s class had such an impact on me that I decided early on to become a teacher,” says Grogan.
Seifert recalls Grogan as a knowledgeable student who liked to work at rapid speed. Seifert says she dedicated her career to gifted education and to students like Grogan because she was “fascinated with their way of thinking, and I wanted to challenge them in a classroom.”
She adds that she was ‘absolutely flabbergasted” when she was notified by her school administrators about the award and about the high praise from her former student. “I was so touched by this recognition. I’m truly honored!”
This December marks the seventh year that UC has presented the Cincinnati USA Outstanding Educator Awards to recognize the lifelong inspiration of K-12 educators.