2020 Staff of the Year Awards

2020 Staff of the Year Awards
Posted on 10/09/2020
On Wednesday, October 7, Xenia Community Schools presented the 2020 Teacher and Staff of the Year Awards to three deserving staff members!

Two co-teachers of the year were honored: Denise Garrett, fifth grade teacher at McKinley Elementary, and Mary Miller, chair of the English Department at Xenia High School. The staff member of the year was Jill Posey, the Children with Disabilities Data Specialist for the district.

Nominations for awards were submitted at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, and the criteria for each award is based on the expectations and high standards we set for Xenia students. Nominations highlight the employee’s qualifications and dedication to the job, willingness to help colleagues and others, their character, and more.

Each awardee received a $1,000 stipend as part of the recognition.

These annual awards are generally presented at Convocation in August, prior to the beginning of school. However, award presentations were delayed due to the changes in the schedule, and the later start of the 20-21 school year.

Pictured: 2020 Awardees Mary Miller, Denise Garrett, and Jill Posey.

About the Honorees

Jill Posey
A 26 year veteran of Xenia Community Schools, Mrs. Posey worked for 10 years as a bus driver before becoming an education assistant. In 2006, she began her work as a building secretary, and then in 2012 moved to the Central Office as the receptionist. In 2014, she became the Children with Disabilities Data Specialist in the Special Education Department, where she serves as an integral member of the team, providing direct support for the Special Education staff – and compassionate service to the families served. 

Mary Miller
A 1996 graduate of Xenia High School, Mary Miller attended Miami University and majored in Secondary Communications Education. She began teaching at Xenia High School in 2000, and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in 2004. Miller became the head of the English department in 2012, and is currently serving as a member of the XHS Building Leadership Team, the XCS District Leadership Team, and as a Resident Educator mentor. She has served as advisor to many student clubs including National Honor Society, Student Council, Speech Club, and the Athena Club. She is also a five-time recipient of the Howard Post Excellence in Education Award.

Denise Garrett 
Now in her 30th year of teaching, 23 of those years with Xenia Community Schools, Denise Garrett earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Dayton and is a proud Dayton Flyer. She earned her Master’s Degree from Wright State University and holds endorsements in Reading and Special Education from University of Dayton and Wright State respectively. She began her teaching career at St. Brigid Catholic School, but started her career at XCS as a Kindergarten teacher at Tecumseh Elementary School before transferring to Arrowood Elementary School. She then started at McKinley Elementary, where she has proved to be an integral, versatile teaching team member who has been asked to teach several different grade levels. She is trained in Reading Recovery, and continues to be passionate about reading and teaching children to read. Presently, she teaches fifth grade language arts and social studies. Ms. Garrett selflessly gives of her resources including her time, finances, and effort as she participates in PTO, before and after school events such as Lego Robotics Tournament, Science is Fun Camp, and after-school tutoring and reading clubs.

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