Nominations for Vahle shared recurring themes that describe her as an educator who “is attentive to her students’ unique learning styles,” “stimulates a love of learning,” “keeps students engaged and challenged while they learn” and “is always researching new tools to help her students learn.” Vahle will now represent CCS in the Indiana Teacher of the Year competition.
“Janet exemplifies Carmel Clay Schools’ vision to Experience Excellence, Explore Opportunities and Realize Potential in every student. She is a thoughtful, caring educator who challenges her students to grow and excel, while still being attentive to each child’s social and emotional needs,” stated Dr. Wahl.
Vahle received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with a Gifted Endorsement, from the University of Indianapolis. Vahle was hired by CCS in 1999. In addition to her current position, Vahle is an elementary lead teacher and technology coordinator.
Stephen A. Backer Teacher of the Year nominations are made by students, parents and colleagues each spring. A selection committee consisting of teachers and administrators thoroughly reviews the nominations, conducts interviews and then selects a recipient in April. The CCS Teacher of the Year is endowed by the Stephen A. Backer Teacher of the Year Award through the Carmel Education Foundation (CEF). This award was created in memory of Mr. Backer, who served on the CCS Board of Trustees from 1994 to 1998 and from 2006 until his passing in March of 2009. Mr. Backer held the position of School Board President for five of those years and is remembered as an advocate and supporter of Carmel Clay Schools. Donations in support of the award can be made through CEF at http://www1.ccs.k12.in.us/foundation/home.
To read about previous CCS Teacher of the Year recipients, please visit the Carmel Clay Schools’ website at http://www1.ccs.k12.in.us/private/current-employees/teacher-of-the-year.