Megan Heath, intervention specialist at Port Washington Elementary in the Indian Valley Local Schools district, was awarded the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award at a luncheon in June at the Villa Milano Conference Center in Columbus.

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio Association for County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, Ohio Educational Service Center Association and Ohio School Boards Association sponsor the award for an Ohio teacher in the field of Special Education. Mrs. Heath received the Outstanding Educator Award named for the late Dr. Franklin B Walter, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, who provided outstanding education leadership for Ohio Schools.

Talia St. Clair, Indian Valley student services director, made the nomination based upon Heath’s professionalism, focus on research-based interventions, and commitment to students beyond the walls of the classroom. St. Clair informed the awards committee that because of Heath’s "individualizing for students using researched-based interventions ...100% of her students significantly increased their performance in reading and math from Fall to Spring."

Heath’s professional engagement with fellow educators, effort to design lessons for individual student needs, and commitment to families in and outside the school day demonstrates Heath has taken the Indian Valley mission of "working together to personalize a rigorous, standards-based learning experience" to heart.

Heath is the most recent Indian Valley educator of five to receive state-wide acclaim for outstanding service to students.