The Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Avenue, Girard, held their annual Senior Citizen/Intergenerational Day Luncheon in honor of Older Americans Month on May 11th. Eighty-five people attended this very special event including the Girard High School Robocats Team #379 along with their award winning robot. Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda presented a Resolution recognizing the GHS Robocats team for their accomplishments. The luncheon was sponsored by Martini Brothers, Southern Care Hospice, TLC Insurance-Doug Daubenspeck and the Center. The GHS Robocats Team #379 awed everyone with a demonstration of their robot. The Team also presented all of the Veterans in attendance with a special embroidered star from the Stars For Our Troops from Dineen’s Jewelry & Gifts in appreciation of their service. The Center also held an adult coloring contest during the weeks prior to the luncheon and the winner, Leora Greathouse, was announced at this event.
On Sunday morning, May 14, students from Boardman Glenwood Junior High School were given the opportunity to participate in the wreath laying ceremony on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
Glenwood Middle School was selected to participate in the ceremony through a committee at Arlington and did so in front of fellow classmates during their annual eighth grade trip to Washington, DC. Students were asked to sign up to participate in the event and were selected at random before the trip.
In the summer of 2011, Lebron James broke Cav’s fans hearts when he famously announced, “I am taking my talents to South Beach.” The world won’t take as much notice, but when the news broke that Charmayne Polen was taking her talents to the BioMed Stem Academy, there was a stillness in the halls of the TCTC. She has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Lower Academy at the Rootstown campus.
Polen has spent the last 14 years as an English teacher at the Trumbull Career/Tech Center. Her resume contains a lengthy list of achievements. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, is approved to teach College Credit Plus classes at the high school level, is a mentor to first year instructors, has received A+ Teacher designation from the Warren Tribune, and was the 2013 winner of the Positive Image from Eastern Ohio Partnership for Education. Polen also teaches part time on the faculty of Hiram College where in 2014 she was named Adjunct Faculty of the Year.
At the TCTC Polen is the instructor for Honors English as well as College Credit Plus classes for English.
Polen is a graduate of Hiram College, who originally planned to work in the field of journalism. After witnessing the passion that her roommates and friends had for education, she switched her major at the end of her sophomore year. She stated, “I became interested in what they were learning about lesson planning and their interaction with students. Education seemed a better choice for my future career.”
As a Career Tech Center, the TCTC places an emphasis on the incorporation of educational technology in the classroom. Polen’s award from the Eastern Ohio Partnership in Education in 2013 was based on her successful implementation. She stated, “Knowing how to troubleshoot and to think critically with technology will help prepare students for what waits for them on the other side of graduation. My classroom is entirely paperless. Students submit assignments online and I provide them with feedback using the same medium. The emphasis is on getting kids to think and to make judgments from content. Rote knowledge instruction is a relic of the past. Our task is to make students both college and career ready.”
As the Chief Operating Officer at the Lower Academy which comprises grades six, seven and eight. Polen will be responsible for helping teachers to implement the Stem Curriculum. She believes her Career/Tech experience prepared her for the challenge because STEM is a component of CTE.
For many decades philosophers have teased readers with this question. If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? The question is unanswerable, but regarding the absence of Charmayne Polen from the TCTC, the response is not up for debate. It’s like a giant redwood tree in your backyard that was uprooted in the middle of the night. You might not have heard the sound, but you realize that it will take many years to replace. You are sad to know that it is no longer there.
The TCTC wishes Charmayne Polen the very best in this next juncture of her professional career.