Our 2016 Champions for Children event, presented by Jeffersonville Fraternal Order of Police, was a huge success this year. The stars of the show were Jason Davis who was named GCCS Employee of the Year, Riverside Elementary School’s Debbie Ettel who was awarded GCCS Teacher of the Year, and Charlestown High School’s Mark Laughner who was GCCS Administrator of the Year.
Champions – Our Staff
Jason Davis has been with the district for 19 years serving as a Technology Manager. He is the epitome of what Greater Clark is and the standard that every employee strives to be. When situations arise, he is always ready to ask the right questions, find the right solution and take action.
Debbie Ettel has been with the district for 38 years, serving as a fifth grade teacher, a fourth and second grade team leader, a reading interventionist, a Reading First coach, and most recently as an Academic Improvement Coordinator at Riverside Elementary. She is the number one “go to” person in the school. Riverside has not only benefited from her teaching talents, but also her abilities as a technology guru and professional development presenter to enhance staff and student achievement.
Mark began his ten year career as the Principal at Parkview Middle School before moving to CHS. He is a driven leader that has taken the school to new heights. Charlestown High School has been named an “A” school by the Indiana Department of Education for four consecutive years. He has been instrumental in the development of the school’s Early College Program in which students can earn college credits while in high school. The program is very rigorous and can result in a graduate not only earning their high school diploma, but also an Associate’s Degree from Ivy Tech Community College. Under his leadership, six CHS 2015 graduates earned their Associate’s Degree and there are 14 seniors on track to earn their degree this school year. The Greater Clark Educational Foundation wishes them congratulations and our sincere thanks for their dedication to our students, schools, and community!
Champions – Our Donors
Champions for Children is our largest annual fundraiser and we had further reason to celebrate because our donations hit an all-time high! Funding from the event helps provide up to 10 creative classroom projects, the ACT to all 750 juniors, the KeyTrain curriculum to 9-12th graders, WorkKeys assessment for seniors, and funding for 20 teachers to participate in the district’s robust teacher externship program.
The building-level staff is chosen though a nomination process. The Foundation is very proud of all of our nominees this year!