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2020 Accepting nominations!! 

Deadline January 10, 2020 EXTENDED TO 1/17/20

Give the gift of recognition this holiday. Someone you know has brilliant work that ought to be shared.

2020 SSW Nomination form.docx.pdf

2020 Friend SSW Nomination form.docx.pdf


School Social Worker of the Year

Sarah Vashaw, LISW-S

Sarah Vashaw, was born and raised in Stow, MA. She attended Simmons College in Boston where she received a BA in Psychology. Following her undergraduate career Sarah joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and served for a year in Salem, OR at the HOME Youth and Resource Center as a client advocate. After serving for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Sarah was a CPS worker for the State of Oregon for 4 years. She then went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her Masters of Social Work. While there she took necessary classes and field placements for a pupil services credential.

Following graduation from University of California, Berkeley, Sarah moved back to Boston following graduation and met her husband Kirk, who she has been happily married to for the last 14 years, and has three children Allison (13) Lucy (12) and Jackson (7). In 2003, Sarah moved to Bryan, Ohio for his husband’s job. At the time there were no school social workers in Bryan, so Sarah worked for a number of difference agencies, and spent several years in clinical practice at Bryan Medical Group.

In 2013, she was asked to join planning efforts for The Safe Schools Healthy Student SAMHSA grant for Williams County. While apart of the planning efforts the local director of the grant left unexpectedly, and Sarah stepped in to serve as the interim director and completed their county’s needs assessment, logic model and preliminary planning required for the 5 elements of the SSHS grant in Williams County. When a full time director was hired, Sarah was involved in coordinating the ongoing efforts of two elements of the grant including Youth Led Prevention and Early Childhood programming.

In 2017, Sarah was hired at Bryan Elementary as a School Social Worker. She has recently finished 11 years of service on the Board of Trustees for Sarah’s Friends in Bryan, which is an agency that serves victims of crime and domestic violence living in Williams County.

Friend of School Social Work

Kim Schubert

Kim Schubert began her teaching career as a special education teacher in 1992. In 1999 Kim became the Elementary Principal at Shumaker School in the Bellevue City School District. She served in this very rewarding role for ten years until she was named the Superintendent of Bellevue City Schools in 2009. Kim feels a great deal of gratitude to continue to presently serve in this role.

Mrs. Schubert aims to be highly visible at district and community events to support the staff and students in all of their important accomplishments. She serves on many regional and local committees and boards in order to build strong partnerships among local businesses and community stakeholders.

Serving children, families and community members as a public educator is Kim Schubert’s life passion. She is dedicated to providing a quality education to all students and believes that education is the foundation for a successful life, community and country. In the last five years a top priority has become educating the “whole child” by building partnerships with several mental health providers in the community and adding a district social worker to the Bellevue City Schools administration team. These partnerships and the role of the district social worker are making a positive difference in the lives of

children and their families.

Champion of Children

Scott DiMauro

Scott DiMauro, a high school social studies teacher from Worthington, became OEA Vice President in 2013. He chose to become a teacher in order to give students the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need to be successful citizens in our democratic society. It was only natural, then, that he chose to become actively involved in his local union in order to advocate for his students, fellow educators, and a vibrant system of public education.

Prior to becoming a full-time OEA officer, Scott served for nine years as President of Central OEA/NEA, and has experience as president of his local, a member of his local bargaining team, chairperson of Central’s leadership and professional development programs, and political action coordinator. He also led the NEA Legislative Committee for three years.

As vice president, Scott has served as co-chair of the Healthcare and Pension Advocates for STRS and represents OEA’s 125,000 members on a variety of coalition boards and steering committees. He chairs the OEA Legislative Committee and works with OEA’s Government Relations staff to represent educators in the legislature and State Board of Education. This past year, he was proud to help lead efforts of the OEA Commission on Student Success to lay out a comprehensive vision for high quality education for all students and lay the groundwork for positive implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act in Ohio.

As OEA and other labor unions respond to the recent Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME decision prohibiting the collection of Fair Share Fees, Scott has been actively involved in membership recruitment, retention and engagement work at the state and local level, particularly with aspiring and early career educators. He is a member of the Central Ohio Labor Employment Relations Association (COLERA) Board and its Program Committee.

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