LIMA — The Shawnee Optimist Club named Shawnee High School Math teacher Sharon Metzger as its 2019 Educator of the Year at a special lunch Wednesday at the Old Barn Out Back.
Jenene Nicholson, president of the Shawnee Optimist Club, said Metzger’s impact was mentioned by several people.
Recognizing educators is something the club wanted to do every year.
“What we do for our club is really focus on helping the youth in the community. So we do our part as parents and tutors and community supporters but the teachers that are there every day deserve a lot and don’t always get that recognition so we felt it was important to do that for our club, to recognize them,” said Nicholson.
Metzger was humbled by the honor.
“I don’t think I’m like the most worthy. I appreciate it. I’m deeply touched but I couldn’t do it without the rest of the department. We have a great teaching staff at Shawnee. Everybody’s always trying to do their best, bring our kids up as much as we can and it’s a great thing,” said Metzger.
Metzger recently recovered from a stroke and credits her students for helping her to get better.
“I had my kids to come back to. They were my motivation,” said Metzger.
James Kanable, superintendent of Shawnee schools, spoke on Metzger’s determination.
“As a matter of fact, during her return, she came back started back half-days. We had to make some room adjustments from the second floor to the first floor for her but when you have a teacher like that you’ll do anything you can to get her back with the kids as soon as possible,” said Kanable.
Metzger started at Shawnee in 2000 and earns the respect of the students and her peers.
“Sharon Metzger is one of those teachers that when kids come back to visit you they say they are so happy to have her as their teacher. She prepares them for the next step in their lives. You can’t say anything more than that or better than that about any teacher that we’ve had,” said Kanable.
During the luncheon, the Shawnee Optimist Club also awarded scholarships to Luke Schneider from Lima Central Catholic High School, Kevin Miller from Perry High School, and Gabe Williams and Megan Nichols of Shawnee High School.
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