a preschool teacher for 11 of his 18 years in education, landed
at the District’s gateway point by chance. Now he scraps to get
young learners off on the right foot, driven to create the kind
of classroom he would want for his own son.
Skill and passion, molded by perspective and life experience,
helped Sánchez and Ogilvy join eight colleagues in winning this
year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards. The winners also
received $5,000 apiece and will be honored at a gala Nov.15.
This is the third year for the awards, a partnership between the
George Gund and Cleveland foundations, the
District and the Cleveland Teachers Union. The goal
is to spread best practices by honoring teachers who set a
standard of excellence and serve as an example for their peers.
Two teams fanned out on the morning of Oct. 2 to surprise nine
winners in their classrooms. One whose year-round school was on
break got the news at the Cleveland Heights-University
Heights Public Library, where she had been invited by her
principal on the pretense of having a planning session.