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Surrarrer 2nd Grade Teacher Mrs. Katie Hawk Receives Teacher of the Year Award



Dan Foust, Communications Coordinator

Strongsville City Schools


Surrarrer Elementary School’s
2nd Grade Teacher Mrs. Katie Hawk

Receives Sister Rita Mackert Teacher of the Year Award

The Strongsville Council of the Knights of Columbus

Establishes Annual Award

Strongsville, OH (April 19, 2017) - Surrarrer Elementary School second grade teacher Mrs. Katie Hawk is the recipient of the first Sister Rita Mackert Teacher of the Year Award. This award has been established by the Strongsville Council of the Knights of Columbus to recognize an outstanding teacher in the Strongsville City School district.

This is Mrs. Hawk’s ninth year teaching and all have been with Strongsville City Schools. Mrs. Hawk is also a proud graduate of Strongsville High School and is teaching in the same elementary school where she went to school.

“I really appreciate being chosen as the Teacher of the Year by the Knights of Columbus. I take great pride in my dedication to our students and their families. This award only motivates me to do an even better job. I am very grateful for the opportunities I've been given and I look forward to many more years of making a difference in our students’ lives and continuing to enhance our District,” said Mrs. Hawk.

“Mrs. Hawk is an accomplished educator who always puts students and families first,” said Dr. Sally Raso, Principal of Surrarrer Elementary School. “She is very well-respected among her colleagues and does not hesitate to support our District’s initiatives in any way possible. She understands that it takes a whole community to raise a child, and often has parent volunteers in her classroom to participate in the learning process for students.”

“We are very appreciative of the Knights of Columbus for establishing this community award to recognize the outstanding teachers in our District. Mrs. Hawk is well deserving of this award for her continued commitment to finding innovative and creative ways to enrich her students and making her classroom the very best learning environment. In addition, she is a leader in our District, serving on numerous building and district level committees, which assist us in moving our District forward,” said Cameron Ryba, Superintendent of Strongsville City Schools.

“The Strongsville Teacher of the Year award marks the Knights of Columbus 4th Community Award. We have honored those who protect and serve, with our Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year Awards, those who communicate, with the Dispatcher of the Year Award, and now those who educate, with our new Sister Rita Mackert Teacher of the Year Award for Strongsville. It is our way of saying thank you for those that have a tremendous impact in our community,” said William Burdick, past Grand Knight/Trustee of the Strongsville Council and currently the District 20 Warden for the Knights of Columbus. “This award is named after Sr. Rita Mackert. Sister Rita has taught in the City of Strongsville for over 50 years. She is one of the longest tenured teachers in our community. Sister Rita has been involved with the education of both parochial and public school students. We honor Sister Rita and thank her for devotion and commitment to her faith, her profession, and the educating of our children.”

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Mrs. Katie Hawk, 2nd Grade Teacher at Surrarrer Elementary,

Receives Sister Rita Mackert Teacher of the Year Award
from Knights of Columbus District 20 Warden, Mr. William Burdick


Strongsville City Schools, in partnership with the community, 
will ensure all students reach their fullest potential through challenging curriculum and activities, 
provided by a highly qualified, motivated staff, in a safe, supportive environment with up-to-date facilities and technology.