Cleveland, OH (March 5, 2014) Last week, Menlo Park Academy teacher Leslie Weber and 8th grade student Dylan Z. were surprised when their families suddenly appeared during first period, along with the MPA School Director and a community relations representative from the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The secret visit was part of a special recognition program to honor excellence in teaching, the Plain Dealer's Crystal Apple Award.
The Crystal Apple Award is presented to a total of twelve teachers in the region over the course of a school year, and is sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Media Group with support by Bryant & Stratton College.
The K-12 teachers must work within the Plain Dealer’s seven-county distribution region, and are nominated by students, colleagues, and family members in a secret submission process. Dylan Z. had nominated Mrs. Weber earlier in the school year and had given up hope of being selected after not hearing back from the committee; he had forgotten the fine print of the application states that, if selected, the teacher and nominator are not to be notified until the time the award is bestowed.
Last Tuesday, Mrs. Weber and Dylan were both happily surprised by the award and the community support. During the presentation Mrs. Weber was acknowledged for her success by Ms. Lori Marks, from The Northeast Ohio Media Group, and Dylan read his nomination submission aloud. To celebrate, Mrs. Weber was given the rest of the day off to spend with her family.
Mrs. Weber and Dylan are both invited to the 7th Annual Crystal Apple Awards Banquet in May, where Dylan will share his nomination essay and Mrs. Weber will receive her official award. Additionally, the recent Crystal Apple winners and small excerpts from the nominations were featured in the March 2nd Sunday edition of the Plain Dealer.
The Menlo Park family congratulates Mrs. Weber and Dylan on this wonderful recognition.
Mrs. Weber, Dylan Z., and Lori Marks