Kathryn Chadeayne is quick with an answer about why she became a teacher. Before you can even finish answering the question- she’s ready.
“The kids - 100 percent,” Chadeayne said.
Chadeayne teaches 7th grade social studies and science at Hayward Middle School, in the Springfield City School District.
Chadeayne and three other teachers will be receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award on March 18. The awards program is sponsored by the Springfield Rotary Club, Ohio Edison, the Springfield Foundation and the Chamber of Greater Springfield.
Each recipient will be introduced and will give a presentation on what teaching has meant to them and the importance of being a teacher. Recipients also receive a $1,000 check, a glass apple and proclamations from the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate.
Chadeayne has been teaching within the Springfield City School District for the last 10 years. She graduated from Wittenberg University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education, and returned to Wittenberg for her Master’s degree in 2013.
Chadeayne grew up in a home where both her parents were teachers, but never imagined herself becoming a teacher.
“When I went to college I originally wanted to go into graphic design, I wanted to go my own way from my parents,” Chadeayne said. “But after I decided I didn’t like it, I just felt kinda pulled to teaching.”
Since she began teaching, Chadeayne’s goal has always been to try to make a difference within her students lives.
“You hope you can be a mentor. You hope to make a difference in their life,” Chadeayne said. “You hope you are sending good people to go out into the community.”
Chadeayne credits her success as a teacher to those around her.
“I like to think I’m a product of my environment,” Chadeayne said. “I have had the best teachers, coaches, mentors and colleagues that have questioned, challenged me and pushed me to be better. Without them, I don’t know where I would be. There are so many people I work with that I look up too.”