Outstanding Service Award

Local teacher receives Outstanding Service Award from Greater Essex County District School Board

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local high school teacher has been honoured by her school board and she is humble about the award she received.

Jaclyn Balogh, a French and civics teacher at General Amherst High School, was one of the recipients of an Outstanding Service Award and joined colleagues from across Windsor-Essex County in receiving the honour at last Tuesday’s Greater Essex County District School Board meeting.

“I was so surprised by it. I didn’t know I had been nominated for it,” said Balogh.

Balogh learned that she won one of the awards when she received a letter from director of education Erin Kelly.

“It’s been a really humbling experience,” said Balogh.

Balogh later learned it was Amherstburg Public School teacher Aubrey Charlton who nominated her for the award, with Balogh stating “it speaks volumes” for the kind of person Charlton is as well. Balogh and Charlton work together as the older students made crepes for the younger ones and also go to the elementary school to read and work with the younger students.

Jaclyn Balogh (left) is recognized as an Outstanding Service Award recipient during last Tuesday night’s Greater Essex County District School Board meeting. Also pictured are director of education Erin Kelly, board chair Kim McKinley and vice chair and Amherstburg/LaSalle trustee Ron LeClair. (Submitted photo)

Jaclyn Balogh (left) is recognized as an Outstanding Service Award recipient during last Tuesday night’s Greater Essex County District School Board meeting. Also pictured are director of education Erin Kelly, board chair Kim McKinley and vice chair and Amherstburg/LaSalle trustee Ron LeClair. (Submitted photo)

“I’ve been taking them to Amherstburg Public School to do some reading with their kids,” Balogh explained. “My older kids love it.”

Not only do her students enjoy working with the younger students, Balogh added they are getting something out of it as well.

“It’s nice to see them use French in a purposeful way,” she said. “It was a really nice experience to see that.”

Balogh has also tried to perform outreach into the community through her civics students. She cited their involvement in helping Micah Vander Vaart in collecting supplies to help the homeless last year as one of the issues they tackle.

“The kids really seem to enjoy doing it.”

Balogh remained modest after learning of the award, reiterating that “it’s been a really humbling” experience.

“I’m just doing my job,” she said. “It’s all about the students.”

Jaclyn Balogh (foreground, holding young student) brings her General Amherst French students to work with Aubrey Charlton’s class at Amherstburg Public School. Balogh was honoured last week with an Outstanding Service Award.

Jaclyn Balogh (foreground, holding young student) brings her General Amherst French students to work with Aubrey Charlton’s class at Amherstburg Public School. Balogh was honoured last week with an Outstanding Service Award. (Submitted photo)

Being nominated by Charlton has extra meaning for Balogh as well, as Balogh learned under Charlton’s mother Lynn, who was teaching at Sandwich Secondary School at the time. Balogh learned early on she wanted to be like Lynn Charlton, who was known to put the students first during her career.

“To have her daughter nominate me is extra special,” said Balogh. “This is really meaningful.”

While she is a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award, Balogh is quick to point out there are others at General Amherst who also deserve such an honour.

“General Amherst is an excellent school,” she said. “It was nice to be recognized.”