2011 Outstanding Educator Awards

In recognition of their significant contributions to the field of education, both in and out of the classroom, four Baldwin Wallace alumni were honored at the Outstanding Educator Award banquet on Sunday, May 1, 2011. Sponsored by the Baldwin Wallace University Alumni Association and the Division of Education, the recipients of this award do more than teach, they inspire. Each has contributed to the lives of others as teachers, mentors and friends. They represent the legions of excellent educators who are charged with molding tomorrow’s world through the education of today’s students.

Melissa Patrick Allen '77

Melissa Patrick Allen made her mark as an undergraduate music student at Baldwin Wallace University. She graduated magna cum laude in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in music education.

Allen took a position as orchestra director with Chillicothe City Schools, and began her long and intricate career as a strings teacher across the school district. She then went on to earn a Master of Arts in Music Education from Ohio State University in 1985 and broadened her teaching career in Bexley City Schools, Capital University and the Columbus School for Girls. Today she is the orchestra director and strings teacher for Upper Arlington City Schools in Columbus.

For many years Allen has performed as a violinist in the Westerville Symphony. She was section first violin from 1989 to 1996 and assistant concertmaster from 1996 to 2002. In addition to the symphony membership and her teaching endeavors, Allen is an active performer in church and community groups.

Janet Broda ‘68

Janet Broda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin Wallace in 1968 with a major in French and a minor in Spanish. Broda continued her education and love of language at Kent State University and earned a Master of Arts degree in French in 1971. She became a foreign language teacher for Smithville High School and taught French and Spanish for more than three decades.

During Broda’s teaching career, she had the opportunity to co-lead several student trips to Europe. She also co-advised the Foreign Language Club and helped plan (and sometimes cook) the annual Foreign Language Club banquet.

In addition to her present work as a Spanish teacher at the Montessori School of Wooster and a field supervisor at Ashland University, Broda volunteers at the Shady Lawn Retirement Center in Dalton, Ohio, where she offers an exercise class and directs a choir of the residents.

Michael R. Sheppard '90, '94 MAEd

Michael R. Sheppard has spent his entire professional career in Berea’s education system. After graduating from Baldwin Wallace with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990, Sheppard took a job in the Berea City School District as a physical education teacher and coach. He then earned a Master of Education degree in educational administration from BW in 1994.

Sheppard became the principal of Smith Elementary School and held this position for seven years. He advanced to Director of Personnel and Employee Relations for the district and then moved to his current position of assistant superintendent, where he strives to help provide all students with the most effective learning environment.

In February 2011, the Berea schools’ superintendent announced his retirement and appointed Sheppard as his replacement, which will begin August 1. Sheppard has been with the Berea City School District for 21 years and is proud to have had the opportunity to work with many wonderful and caring people.

Guy Stella '53

Guy Stella began his career in the Garfield Heights School District after earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree from BW in 1953 and a Master of Education degree from Kent State University in 1960. Stella has served at all levels of public education as a teacher, supervisor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools.

For more than 25 years, Stella served as the Director of North Central Activities in Northeast Ohio. He was responsible for the selection and formation of hundreds of NCA teams that evaluated public and district schools in the greater Cleveland area.

He was a member of numerous professional organizations and also is listed in “Who’s Who in Music” and Kiwanis’ “Man of the Year.”

The many calls and letters that Stella has received over the years from former students and staff, thanking and commending him for the positive influence that he has had on their lives, ranks as his most significant experience. For according to Stella, “This is what our calling is all about.”


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