Knapp Elementary School’s Amy Elson Named Teacher of the Year by Perry Local

Amy Elson, a second-grade teacher at Perry Local School District’s T.C. Knapp Elementary School, was recently named Teacher of the Year by Perry Local Schools.

Each year, the Stark County ESC recognizes a rookie educator and an outstanding Teacher of the Year from each of the school districts that works in coordination with the service center. Currently, the Stark County ESC provides shared services to 14 local and six city school districts, one exempted village and one career center in Stark, Carroll and Wayne Counties. Together, these districts enroll over 60,000 students. 

“Sponsors read the applications from all of the teaching team honorees and select one outstanding teacher from each district who will be announced at our Education Celebration event in April,” said Susan Hoffmeyer, consultant at the Stark County ESC.

Nominees inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, play an active role in the community and their schools and have the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Elson. “I am so appreciative to the administration for nominating me. Perry is filled with dedicated teachers and I am proud to represent them.”

According to T.C. Knapp Principal Tricia Self, the nomination process includes a meeting amongst the administrators where the group proposes a list of top teachers in the district. The group outlines several characteristics, like hard-working, passionate and dedicated, that each teacher must embody in order to be included on the list.

“As we started talking about the qualities of an exceptional teacher, Amy Elson’s name kept rising to the top,” said Self. “Why? Because she is a top-notch teacher who is respected by her co-workers and the administrators who know and work with her. She is an excellent teacher and is very deserving of this award.” The Stark County ESC will officially present the award to Elson on April 23 at the R.G. Drage Career Technical Center in Massillon.

“Amy is truly one of the best teachers in our district,” said Superintendent Scott Beatty. “She makes a difference in the lives of the students she teaches because she is a positive role model for everyone she comes into contact with. We are so happy that she is a part of Perry and is such a positive force in our community.”