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2018 Celebrate Excellence Educator of the Year

Esther Adams named Educator of the Year Sycamore Community Schools is proud to announce Sycamore Transition Coordinator Esther Adams as the district’s 2017-2018 Celebrate Excellence Educator of the Year.

Adams was selected out of 114 nominations submitted by parents, students, and colleagues. The award honors educators who demonstrate a high level of commitment toward student achievement, challenging students at all levels, and extending him or herself to make a positive difference.

“Esther brings so much energy and passion to her commitment to facilitate authentic learning and work experiences for her students,” said Superintendent Frank Forsthoefel. “She models the idea that no mountain is too high to climb as she works tirelessly on behalf of her students.”

Since 2014, Adams has overseen Sycamore High School’s Transition Program, which prepares students with disabilities for community-based, competitive employment upon graduation. The program currently helps more than 60 students ages 15-21 gain both volunteer and paid work experience within their community.

“Esther is a true advocate for a well-rounded young adult and includes post-secondary education, employment and independent living in the future visioning for her students,” said Stacey Spencer, Director of Student Services. “In addition, she has high expectations for her students and pushes them to achieve at the highest level they possibly can.”

Bill Craig’s daughter Mea is currently in the Transition Program. Craig says Esther goes above and beyond the call of duty, pointing to when she went to bat for Mea with the Department of Disability Services and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

Esther has been a God-send to our family. She approaches her students with great love and delight and parents with encouragement, respect, and enthusiastic support,” said Craig. “She goes out of her way to educate us and to provide opportunities to learn more about how we can care for our kids.”

“I've always said that every child needs someone in their lives that is just happy to see them. That goes double for special needs kids. Esther is one of those people! Mea lights up when Esther walks into the room,” Craig said.

Adams will be honored during the Hamilton County Education Foundation’s 12th Annual Celebrate Excellence Breakfast on May 11 at the Sharonville Convention Center.

The district will share the wonderful things that were said about each of the other nominees and their service to students in an upcoming communication.

See video of the moment district administrators and the Craig family surprised Adams.