On April 21, 2021 the BEF gave thanks to all of the wonderful Bexley staff members who put students at the center of their efforts over the past pandemic year. The announcement of Monica Sutermaster as the 2021 Glick Family Bexley Educator of the Year was featured in the Together in Gratitude virtual program (still available for viewing). Sutermaster is a third grade teacher at Mayland Elementary who has taught in the Bexley Schools for 16 years.
Having had “no inkling” that she had been nominated for the award, Sutermaster was surprised on March 30 at Maryland Elementary with the presentation. As someone who shies away from the spotlight, Sutermaster was “very shocked,” but happy that her students shared in the surprise. According to one of her third-graders, “it was the best Tuesday ever.”
Now a Bexley resident with her husband and two daughters, Sutermaster grew up in Eastmoor, attended St. Catherine’s and graduated from Bishop Hartley High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University and her Masters Degree from Ashland University.
In supporting her nomination, Maryland Elementary School Counselor, Megan Reeve, described Sutermaster as “a teacher who excels at creating an environment that is built on respect, high expectations and personal accountability.” In her classroom, “students feel seen, appreciated, encouraged and safe, and it’s also a place where they can laugh and have fun,” said Reeve.
Sutermaster also has “a unique ability to connect with students who are struggling,” said the parent who nominated her for the award and noted how often she says “we will work through this together.” It is in recognition of the level of kindness and care that she brings to each child in her classroom in a year where students faced more challenges than ever, that Monica Sutermaster was named as the 2021 Bexley Educator of the Year. To watch Sutermaster being surprised at Maryland Elementary School, you can watch the Together in Gratitude program here.