Two Staff Presented Crystal Apple Awards

Elementary teacher Grace Wilson and supervisor of buildings and grounds Jeffery Smith were honored as the 2012 recipients of Beachwood Schools' Crystal Apple Award.

The school district administration presents the awards annually to one teaching staff member and one non-teaching staff for exemplary service.

“Grace truly enjoys children, and understands and practices the true art of teaching,” said Bryden Elementary School Principal Christi Bernetich. “She goes above and beyond to make sure her students succeed both in the classroom and in their intellectual and social growth.”

Wilson has been with Beachwood Schools since 1998 and most recently served as gifted/enrichment teacher for Bryden’s Kindergarten through second grade students. She is currently a fourth grade teacher at Hilltop Elementary School.

Smith joined the district in 2005 and oversees Beachwood Schools’ maintenance, grounds and safety operations. In presenting Smith’s award, Beachwood Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard A. Markwardt noted that his work ethic is exemplary and that he always gives more than 100 percent.

“Jeff's already countless hours and tireless efforts have been even greater during the high school renovation project, particularly during these summers months to have the high school building open in time for school,” Markwardt said.

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