Claire Immell was nominated by a family member, Sarah Immell.
Claire is currently in her fifth year of teaching at Monroe Elementary School in London, Ohio. Monroe is a small elementary school in the Jonathan Alder District, and the demographic is rural; 80% of students receive breakfast/lunch assistance. She has such a big heart; her students face many challenges at home, and she strives to ensure they learn in a positive and loving environment. She is very aware when a student may not be able to participate in an activity or bring a birthday treat (due to a home situation), and she will discreetly see to it they have something to share with their classmates.
Claire has volunteered in the afterschool program, which offers students exposure to activities they may not have access to from home. She also makes herself available to teach the summer school program, which Monroe Elementary offers to students who need a bit more enrichment during the summer break. Her priority is to help her students grow during her time with them. She is not wrapped up in “grade level” achievement - instead, she strives for each child's own growth and development throughout the year she has with them. Claire is a passionate reader and shares this with her students as well.
At Monroe Elementary School, Claire is on the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) committee, and she is the teacher liaison for the PTA, where she enjoys working with the parents for the betterment of the whole school. For the Jonathan Alder District, she is on the Science Committee and Gifted Student Committee.
"Having volunteered in her classroom, I am in awe of her gentle command of this room of young learners. Her students adore her, and she loves the challenge of pushing them to excel past their own expectations to realize their potential. She enjoys working with the staff in her building," said Sarah. "Claire Immell is a true LifeChanger; and I am honored to share a little glimpse into this passionate young teacher with a big heart."