LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Dena Scrimo

Position: Literary Specialist
School: Spring Hill Elementary School
School District: Springfield Local School District
City, State: Akron, OH

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Dena Scrimo was nominated by her colleague, Dana Floyd.

Ms. Scrimo has been an inspirational leader, not only in her building, but in her district. She worked on writing and was awarded a $95,000 grant from Panda Express for The Leader in Me that she helped implement at Spring Hill Elementary. She served on the Lighthouse Team for four years to help create a leadership environment. The Leader in Me helps promote leadership skills (i.e., be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand then be understood, synergize, sharpen your saw, and find your voice) for students. Wellness Wednesdays, Lead Groups, data notebooks, Leadership Days, a Student Lighthouse Team, and brag tags are just some of the school-wide programs that were created and incorported in her building to better prepare students.

These school-wide programs have the students leading and making decisions that not only impact them, but the building. The students put those leadership skills to use on a daily basis. They're learning and incorporating leadership skills as early as four and five years old!  None of this would of been possible if Ms. Scrimo had not taken the time to write the extensive grant for this program.

Ms. Scrimo also helped create the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention System) Lighthouse Team, which she currently serves on. She helped create the PBIS program at Spring Hill from the ground up.  She laid the foundation for the building to earn it's state-wide bronze recogniztion.

Ms. Scrimo serves as a district mentor for new educators, a DLT member for the district, and a member of numerous other committees that not only impact the school district, but the community. She has also been a two-time Teacher of the Year nominee for Summit County.

"Dena selflessly gives her time in order to help our students succeed. She is a phenomenal asset and advocate for the students of Springfield, the district, our community, and the staff! We are so very blessed to have her," said Floyd.