Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Announces 2016 Teacher and Staff Employee of the Year
Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools congratulates its 2016 Teacher and Staff Employee of the Year. This year’s outstanding teacher is Bobbie Serensky. The outstanding staff member is Jeff McLean. A committee of district and community leaders, including the Parent Teacher Organization, reviewed the nominations and selected the honorees.
Bobbie Serensky is an English teacher at Chagrin Falls High School who teaches AP English Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, and the Write Place Interns. Serensky is the senior class advisor overseeing and coordinating a number of events including Homecoming, Senior Banquet, Baccalaureate, and Commencement. She has been with the district for 14 years. “Bobbie received 51 nominations from students, alumni, parents and colleagues,” said Chagrin Falls High School Principal Steve Ast. “It is an honor to work with such an incredible professional that inspires all of us to be better educators and people.” Words used to describe Serensky include dedicated, brilliant, inspiring, passionate, funny, caring and motivating.
One student wrote, “This teacher has created a classroom environment where creativity, opinionated and unique ideas and real-life discussions are welcomed and encouraged.” Another student said, “Thanks to Mrs. Serensky, I will journey out into the world with a sharp mind and a confidence that my ideas have worth.”
Jeff McLean, 7-12 Campus Head Custodian, has been working in the Chagrin Falls Schools for 20 years. “Jeff sees his job as a calling. He sees the work that he is doing as noble; larger and more enduring than taking care of a building. Beyond being a steward of the building, Jeff never misses an opportunity to pass along a kind word to others,” said Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives Christopher Woofter.
McLean’s role can be demanding; handling multiple responsibilities, overseeing many colleagues and supporting teachers, administrators and community members. However, McLean is always prepared to help, making sure the job is done right, on time and with professionalism.
Serensky was recognized on September 30 in front of all her colleagues during the teacher's professional development day. McLean was recognized on August 18 at the staff convocation meeting. Both of their families were there to celebrate this recognition with them.