Crystal Ashby - Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award

Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator

Crystal Ashby has been named a Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator for her achievements in making outstanding contributions to improve access to and progress in the general curriculum of Ohio's academic content standards for children and youth with disabilities.

Mrs. Ashby, a LHS intervention teacher was nominated by Mrs. Christine Butts, Pupil Personnel Services Director. In nominating Mrs. Ashby, Mrs. Butts gave the following reasons that she felt Mrs. Ashby should receive the award:

"Crystal works relentlessly for all of her students. She co-chairs an annual craft fair which helps to raise money for all students with disabilities in the district so they may participate in an annual Christmas shopping trip for their families which Crystal plans. Community service is also a huge part of her program where students help monthly at the local food bank. Her philosophy is 'giving your time and helping others is something that all people in this community - as well as this world - should do to provide a better life for others as well as for themselves.' "

Mrs. Butts also pointed out that Mrs. Ashby "works diligently preparing her students for the workforce and life after school by teaching work study skills, life skills, and employability skills. Students learn decision making, budgeting, and money management strategies. The students participate in a work study program during the day working in food service and the bus garage within the schools, as well as placements in local industry and small businesses. In addition, Mrs. Ashby will be implementing the Job Training Program next school year while working on her Transition to Work Endorsement."

As part of the consideration for the award, there was a requirement that the nominated teacher in turn nominate a student they had impacted for the R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award. Mrs. Ashby nominated a student who had become academically successful after returning to LHS while also holding a part-time job and volunteering for community service. This student was then named a recipient of the the R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award.

2014 / 2015

Ashland County Community Foundation 20th Anniversary Youth Grant

The Ashland County Community Foundation (ACCF) awarded a 20th Anniversary Youth Grant in the amount of $2,015 to LHS teacher Crystal Ashby for the purpose of expanding the current LHS greenhouse. The greenhouse addition will extend the vegetable growing season for the purpose of  developing a Table and Beyond program for students in Mrs. Ashby's Life Skills class. Items harvested from the garden will be used for scientific study as well as food lab projects. The ACCF 20th Anniversary Youth Grants were special, one-time grant opportunities available to non-profit and qualifying organizations with the intent of addressing the needs of youth in Ashland County. 

2015 / 2016