Westerville Education Foundation funds 33 requests in Many Voices: Diverse Library project

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More than 900 books will be distributed throughout Westerville City Schools as part of the Westerville Education Foundation’s Many Voices: Diverse Library Project.

The foundation was able to fund all 33 project requests in 15 schools. Collections will be delivered to teachers this month for use in their classrooms this winter. Teachers receiving starter kits include:

  • Linda Amici, fifth-grade, Alcott/Emerson 

  • Natalie Barrett, 11th and 12th grade English, WCHS

  • Rouxanne Brown, second-grade, Wilder 

  • Elizabeth Comella, third-grade, Huber Ridge 

  • Sheri Chaffin, instructional coach/elementary equity facilitator, Robert Frost

  • Ann Engelhart, English Language, WNHS 

  • Catherine "Katie" Ensell, third-grade, Hawthorne

  • Katrina Hoover, intervention specialist, Robert Frost 

  • Heather Kabler, speech/language pathologist, Whittier 

  • Jennifer Kirk; mostly 9th-grade English, WNHS

  • Kelly Kratofil, 9th and 12th grade English, WCHS

  • Kristen Larson, 7th grade English/language arts, Blendon 

  • Susannah Lee, 11th and 12th grade English, WCHS

  • Audrey Lewis, fifth-grade, Hawthorne 

  • Heather Lewis, English Language, McVay 

  • Jessica Lowe, kindergarten, Annehurst 

  • Kate Mantenieks, first-grade, Wilder 

  • Laurie McCartney, English Language, Pointview 

  • Erin McDermott, third-grade, Cherrington

  • Christina Myers, third-grade, Huber Ridge 

  • Beth O'Reilly, third-grade, Wilder 

  • Shannon Pacheco, intervention specialist, McVay 

  • Breanne Reamsnider, English Language, Robert Frost 

  • Kaylee Reese, intervention specialist

  • Heather Scheurer, third-grade, McVay 

  • Kellie Sheely, sixth-grade, Heritage 

  • Debra Stoner, fourth-grade, Whittier

  • Ann Trimble, fourth-grade, Hawthorne

  • Sasha Tutstone, intervention specialist, Whittier 

  • Tia Tyler, intervention specialist, Whittier

  • Chaundra Tyson, intervention specialist, Blendon

  • Summer Weinheimer, art, Whittier/Longfellow 

  • Melissa Workman, fifth-grade, Huber Ridge 

  • Lori Zuber, intervention specialist, WCHS

Sponsors and partners in the project include the Westerville Public Library, Birdie Books, the Cultivating Success Fund, Neighborhood Bridges, Reading Matters, Westerville Sunrise Rotary, Westerville Partners for Education, the Westerville Noon Rotary and 100 Women of Westerville.

As part of the Many Voices Project, Westerville Partners for Education is hosting a workshop with Dr. Arianna Howard, a cultural diversity expert and master trainer who will discuss the influence of culture and upbringing on pedagogy, why tough conversations are tough, colorblind ideology and its impact in the classroom. Participants will also learn how to facilitate conversations with students in ways that develop critical minds and healthy identities. The online event is at 4 p.m. on January 21, 2021. Register here.