The Franklin B. Walter award is given to an educator or team from each of the 16 State Support Teams in Ohio who have made extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities. This award is given in honor of the late Franklin B Walter, Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1977 until 1991, a post held longer than any other state superintendent in Ohio’s history. With over 50 years of service as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Walter’s leadership is evident in many of Ohio’s quality educational initiatives and programs. Among these is the development of the nation’s first statewide plan for children with disabilities.
"We are so proud to bestow the Outstanding Educator Award to Becky Leonti of Painesville City Local Schools. Becky has been a Speech and Language Pathologist with the district since 2015 and continues to amaze us each and every year. Every day, Becky shows compassion, dedication, and commitment to the students at Chestnut Elementary. She is highly respected by her colleagues in both general and special education, and is a valuable resource to her co-workers. As a grade level coach, Becky goes above and beyond to provide interventions to teachers for all students. Becky implements best practice interventions and strategies with her students to ensure growth and progress. Becky is an excellent communicator and builds strong, positive relationships with parents. She cares deeply about and truly enjoys the children she serves and makes decisions based on the best interests of her students. Becky is a valued member of many teams and committees that she is involved with. Her intelligence, knowledge, humor and positivity make it a pleasure to work alongside her. With her work and commitment, Becky is changing lives of the students and families of Painesville CIty."
Congratulations Ms. Leonti! We are incredibly fortunate to have you in our district.