Two Muraski Elementary Teachers Receive Outstanding Educator Awards From Local Organizations
Dan Foust, Communications Coordinator
Strongsville City Schools
Two Muraski Elementary Teachers
Receive Outstanding Educator Awards
From Local Organizations
Mrs. Gayle Koestner (1st Grade Teacher)
Named Outstanding District Educator
by Strongsville Council PTA
Mr. Tim Zimmer (4th Grade Teacher)
Receives Sister Rita Mackert Teacher of the Year Award
from The Strongsville Council of the Knights of Columbus
Strongsville, OH (May 31, 2019) - Two Muraski Elementary teachers have received outstanding educator awards from local organizations. First grade teacher Ms. Gayle Koestner has been named Outstanding District Educator for the 2018-19 school year by Strongsville Council PTA. Fourth grade teacher Mr. Tim Zimmer has received the Sister Rita Mackert Teacher of the Year Award for 2018-19 from the Strongsville Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Mrs. Koestner has been in education for 25 years, teaching in the Strongsville City School District her entire career. Ms. Koestner earned her undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and has also earned a Master’s Degree from Baldwin Wallace University. The nomination form included the following about Mrs. Koestner: “Gayle is 100% dedicated to working with students in her classroom, to reach their full individual potential each and every day. She takes the time to learn about each student, on an individual basis, and designs and differentiates lessons accordingly to enhance their learning.”
The Outstanding District Educator Award is presented annually by Strongsville Council PTA and recognizes an instructor dedicated to the missions and purposes of PTA, such as promoting the welfare of children at home, school, and in the community. In addition, recognized individuals must demonstrate a united effort between educators and the public so that children have the highest advantages in physical, mental, and social education.
“It is a true honor to be recognized by PTA Council. When I was first hired to teach in Strongsville, I thought about how lucky I was to be in Strongsville. I have continued to appreciate being at Muraski over my more than two decades of teaching here. Being able to team up with encouraging parents and a supportive staff makes all the difference in helping our students grow on a daily basis in our classroom,” said Ms. Gayle Koestner, 2018-19 Strongsville Council PTA Outstanding District Educator.
Mr. Zimmer is completing his eighteenth year teaching in Strongsville City Schools. He has taught multiple grades at the elementary level. Mr. Zimmer’s undergraduate degree is from Cleveland State University, and he also has earned a Master’s Degree from John Carroll University. His nomination form highlighted the following: “Tim is committed to his class, making sure that each student makes a year’s growth, and is ready to move onto the next grade level at the end of the school year. He is creative and engaging and knows how to keep his students on task and focused . . . He manages his classroom like a family, and embodies the quote by Abraham Lincoln - ‘Whatever you are, be a good one.’”
The Sister Rita Mackert Teacher of the Year Award was established in 2017 by the Strongsville Council of the Knights of Columbus to recognize an exemplary teacher in the Strongsville City School District. The award is named after Sister Rita Mackert, who 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.
“I appreciate the Strongsville Council of the Knights of Columbus in recognizing me with this award. It is truly an honor to work with fantastic students, an amazing staff at Muraski, and supportive parents. This combination leads to success in our classroom and encourages our students to reach their potential each and every day,” said Mr. Tim Zimmer, 2018-19 Strongsville Council Knights of Columbus Sister Rita Mackert Teacher of the Year Award winner.
(L to R) Mrs. Gayle Koestner, First Grade Teacher at Muraski Elementary School
and Strongsville Council PTA Outstanding District Educator;
Mrs. Justina Peters, Principal at Muraski Elementary School
(L to R) Mrs. Justina Peters, Principal at Muraski Elementary School;
Mr. Tim Zimmer, Fourth Grade Teacher at Muraski Elementary School
and Knights of Columbus Sister Rita Mackert Teacher of the Year Award Winner
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.