OAN ANNOUNCEMENT: 21st CCLC Staff Member Named “2020 Teacher of the Year”


The Ohio Department of Education announced the 11 teachers who are designated as the “2020 Teacher of the Year” for their respective State Board of Education district through the Teacher of the Year Program.

“Ohio has so many amazing teachers who commit themselves each and every day to the success of our students,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria said. “I’m proud to recognize these teachers for their accomplishments and for the excellence they represent. Teachers are the biggest contributor to the success of a student, and it’s important that we continually find ways to support our educators by recognizing and valuing great teaching across the state.” 

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The Ohio Afterschool Network would like to congratulate Cecelia Peirano, elementary teacher and 21st  Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) staff member at the Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB) in Columbus, Ohio. Peirano has been an educator at OSSB for 41 years.  She teaches all academic subjects in her 4-6 grade classroom. Peirano also teaches the curriculum class for the teachers of the visually impaired at the Ohio State University and serves as a mentor.  

Peirano spends her afternoons working with students in the Ohio State School for the Blind 21st CCLC program.  She was instrumental in developing one of the most popular 21st CCLC Learning Clubs: the 3D Model Club. 21st CCLC students who participate in this Club research the architectural history of famous buildings around the world and using 3D technology reproduce miniature structures of these buildings. Peirano has a great rapport with staff and students and does whatever it takes to make the OSSB 21st CCLC program successful and interesting for the students.

“I feel that the Afterschool Program gives my students opportunities that they have never experienced before,” says Peirano. “In my model program, they are taking a piece of history, models created during Roosevelt’s era, writing about them, and learning  how to 3D print smaller replica models. It’s a tremendous boost to their self-confidence when they can talk to other students or groups of visitors about their project. When the group visited the OSU Innovation Studio, they saw how what they are learning in the club could lead to a job or opportunities at the college level.”

The Ohio State School for the Blind is a publicly funded educational facility dedicated to the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth of all students with visual impairments. Their mission is to serve visually impaired students from communities that cannot provide adequate services in the school district and the community in which they live. The Ohio State School for the Blind works cooperatively with students and their families from all over the state of Ohio to provide an effective, enjoyable educational experience through specialized curriculum, equipment, materials, and individualized, disability-specific instruction to develop students’ unique potential.

21st Century Community Learning Center Program at OSSB expands learning opportunities for secondary school students to impact their academic performance, enhance positive youth development, and engage parents/families in their child’s education. The goal of the 21st CCLC Extended Learning Program at OSSB is to increase each student’s learning opportunities and prepare them for their future.  OSSB Students participate in 21st CCLC  extended learning time Sunday – Thursday for three hours in afternoons during the school year and four hours a day in the summer.

The Ohio Teacher of the Year will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year selection in spring 2020, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Please find the official OAN press release HERE

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