Boardman Local Schools is excited to announce that Boardman Glenwood Junior High technology teacher Tim Harker has been named the Ohio District 8 Teacher of the Year for 2021. Harker, a 24 year teaching veteran at Boardman Schools, is one of a select group of 11 educators from across the state recently recognized by the Ohio Department of Education this year.
Since its inception in 1964, the Ohio Teacher of the Year program annually identifies exceptional teachers statewide celebrating their effective work in and outside the classroom. Mr. Harker is definitely one of those exceptional teachers. Ohio District 8 is comprised of 12 Ohio counties including Mahoning and Columbiana.
Mr. Harker created and established a Maker Space program at Glenwood nearly 5 years ago where students continue to use engineering and design principles to invent and create. He has encouraged students and accompanied them to the Solar Car Challenge events at local universities and he was instrumental in a cross cultural project between Glenwood students and a group of similar aged children from a small village in Thailand in 2018.
Most recently, and only days after the state ordered all Ohio school buildings closed in March because of the pandemic, Tim Harker was using the schools 3D printers from his home to supply local essential workers with Face Shields. He made and distributed hundreds to Valley essential workers.
“Boardman Local Schools is blessed to have exceptional educators, and Tim Harker is one of the most well-rounded and passionate individuals I have ever met,” said Glenwood Principal Bart Smith. “Tim has a vision for life and education, and he has used that vision to create an extraordinary educational environment for our students at Boardman Glenwood. BGJHS is very proud to have him as part of our family.”