April 2017 Staff Spotlight Winner - Cody Gayhart

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 3:47pm

We are excited to announce the April 2017 Champaign Unit 4 School District Staff Spotlight winner: 

Cody Gayhart, ESL Teacher at Stratton Academy of the Arts

We look forward to honoring Mr. Gayhart at the Monday, April 10 Board of Education Meeting at 6 p.m. at the Mellon Administrative Center, along with our March Staff Spotlight winner Jacqueline Palmer.

Nominator Casey Kashnig had this to say about him: 

Like most teachers, Cody puts everything he has into teaching his students. However, he is in a unique position to serve his students and their families unlike most members of the Unit 4 family. Cody has been the French speaking ESL teacher at Stratton Arts Academy longer than I have been here. He often gets students on his caseload that have arrived to not only our school but have arrived to this country in the past few days. These students speak little, if any, English, and they are often scared. Cody is the kind-hearted man that they can speak French with and connect to. Cody teaches them, and their families, the norms of being in America. His ability to speak French is the venue to connecting with this population. Without Cody, I do not know if we would have become a French dual language school.

Please consider nominating an outstanding Unit 4 staff member today! Each nomination is kept in the running for Staff Spotlight for 3 months from its submission date. Forms and directions on how to submit are available the following page on the Unit 4 website:
http://www.champaignschools.org/staff-spotlight

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