Circleville High’s Mrs. Stultz named one of five ODE TORCH Award Recipients

In a surprise virtual zoom meeting on Thursday, representatives from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) named Circleville High School English Teacher Mrs. Stultz one of five recipients of the 2021 TORCH Award.

The Teachers of Ohio Representing Character and Heart (TORCH) recognition honors five extraordinary teachers annually by celebrating their efforts to model strong character and a heart for their students, colleagues and communities. TORCH recipients should demonstrate dedication to equity and personal commitments to their students.

On Thursday, May 13th ODE surprised CHS English Teacher Danielle Stultz with the award via web conference in a staff meeting in front of her peers.

From her district nomination form, Stultz’s application submitted to the state committee read as follows.

The Teachers of Ohio Representing Character and Heart (TORCH) recognition honors five extraordinary teachers annually by celebrating their efforts to model strong character and a heart for their students, colleagues and communities. TORCH recipients should demonstrate dedication to equity and personal commitments to their students.

On behalf of Circleville City, we proudly nominate 9th grade teacher and English Department lead Mrs. Danielle Stultz as our TORCH nominee. In the classroom, Stultz takes an interactive approach to literacy development as her lessons focus on empowering students to use the latest multimedia tools for visual and written storytelling, including video production, screenwriting, and virtual reality. Her use of Gradual Release instruction particularly sets her apart as students transition from being modeled-to, to THE model in their writing technique. 

Above all else, Stultz’s dedication to building relationships with their kids in a pivotal transition year (9th grade coming from middle school) is an inspiration to her peers and high school hallway. She continuously invests in getting to know them during the school day and after through building relationships that start in the classroom and transition to real life experiences. From an inclusion standpoint, Mrs. Stultz’s commitment and resolve to help each student is met with students seeking her out for guidance. Students feel a gravitational pull to Mrs. Stultz as not only a teacher, coach, and advisor, but as a human being who cares about them and their successes and problems. 

After the school bell rings, Stultz continues to be a catalyst for student academic advancement by way of developing their soft skills and authentic literacy skills as the district In the Know lead advisor, drone team advisor, freshman class advisor, and advisor of our new e-Sports initiative. Through these programs and initiatives, Stultz embeds technological innovation, problem-based learning (PBL), and 21st Century skills into her lessons with her students to foster engagement and systemic growth.

In the community, Stultz expands her classroom with real-world connections serving on our Alumni Association Board, on the Circleville Pumpkin Show announcer’s committee, and as president of the Circleville Education Association. Among her peers, she also leads annual Total Participation Technique (TPT) professional development seminars, has added a 9-12 ELA certification to her 4-9 certification to better aid the 9th grade transition year for students, and serves on the school’s climate committee implementing Focus3 curriculum to staff and students.  

It is a culmination of these innovative curricular advances, community involvement, and leadership traits that leads Circleville City to nominate Mrs. Stultz for this prestigious honor. Her leadership and relentless pursuit of developing relationships with her students and peers has left indelible impressions on the academic trajectory of our high school, district, and the students.

See the announcement surprise video below:

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