Two local women have received awards for their work in the field of education — one as a student and one as an educator.

Autumn Davis received the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award for the region, and Sarah Lamerson received the R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award for the region.

According to information provided by Missy March of State Support Team (SST) Region 15, which serves, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Lawrence counties, Davis is an Intervention Specialist in a self-contained classroom that serves students who are identified as emotionally disturbed.

“She has raised the bar and academic expectations for her students being vigilant to discover ways that every child in her classroom can be challenged academically and make progress toward the Academic Content Standards the same as their typical same-aged peers,” according to information from SST Region 15.

“Autumn daily prepares and presents eight individual lesson plans across all content areas. She uses innovative and creative methods to not only teach content, but to manage behavior, teach behavior strategies and social skills, as well as accommodating the mental health needs of her students. Autumn has accepted the challenge to be the difference maker in the lives of her students and approaches each day with optimism and compassion, not allowing the mistakes of one day to impact the love that she has for her students the next.”

According to information from SST Region 15, Lamerson graduated from Pike County Career and Technology Center with a GPA of 3.925 and has been accepted to Shawnee State University, planning to pursue a degree in Nursing.

“Sarah has been proving her capabilities to the world from the moment she was born with medical issues,” according to information from SST Region 15. “After having lung problems, her family was told Sarah would never hear or speak. You do not tell Sarah she cannot do something. Despite Sarah’s moderate to severe hearing loss caused by auditory neuropathy, she is speaking and hearing and even knows some sign language. She can outwork you in the classroom, on the softball field and at Kroger where she currently works as a barista at Starbucks.

“Sarah is a role model to those who are deaf or hard of hearing, not making excuses, not giving up, but simply outworks everyone else pushing herself forward. Sarah excels, she overcomes.”

According to Marsh, the R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award is named in honor of the late Dr. Raymond Horn who devoted more than 60 years of service to improving the quality of life and learning for students with disabilities. This award honors a student who has shown outstanding achievement in any of the following categories: Academics, Arts, Athletics, Community Service, Employment, Extracurricular Activity, or Independent Living Skills.

According to Marsh, The Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award is named in honor of Dr. Franklin B. Walter, former superintendent of Ohio’s public instruction, who devoted over 50 years of service developing quality educational initiatives and programs, including the nation’s first statewide plan for children with disabilities. This award honors a teacher or educational team who has shown outstanding achievement when educating students with disabilities.

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