NEW FRANKLIN  Nominated by Manchester Local colleagues and community members, two Manchester Local teachers were honored for their contributions to students, as part of the annual Education Celebration presented by the Summit Educational Service Center. 

The Manchester district selection committee recommends two teachers from the nominees, then an independent selection committee chooses the honorees, according to N’ecole Ast, director of professional development for the Summit Educational Service Center.

The Teachers of the Year are part of the All Star Teaching Team. From all of the selected Teachers of the Year, one teacher is selected as Teacher of the Year. One person is selected as Rookie of the Year from all that are nominated Rookies of the year. To be a Rookie of the Year, a teacher must have one to three years in teaching to be nominated for this award, according to Brenda Palinkas, secretary to the directors of student services and professional development.

Darlene Hogan, a 7th-grade language arts and math teacher at Manchester Middle School, received the Veteran Teacher of the Year award. Hogan has taught in the Manchester school district for 21 years.

"The school is a family," Hogan said. "I love teaching 7th- and 8th-grade students because they are still coming into their own, but they have a sense of humility."

Hogan holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education. She is also advisor for the Arnold Service Club, where members perform service for the school and community. Arnold Service is for all grade levels. In the past, the Arnold Service Club has helped The Haven of Rest, Children's Hospital, Make a Wish and The Humane Society. Hogan also mentors other teachers in the district.

Hogan said she was inspired to teach when she served as a Girl Scout leader and tutored.

"I love the kids and watching them learn," she added.

David Croglio, a Manchester Middle School and Manchester High School choir teacher, received the Rookie Teacher of the Year award. 

"I was honored and humbled to receive the award," he said.

Croglio joined the district in the 2015-16 school year, just after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baldwin Wallace College. 

During his year at Manchester, the choir had "grown slightly," according to Croglio.

The high school choir has 31 members and the middle school choir has 150 members. Croglio said he tries to inspire students by showing them how music can help them in every aspect of their lives. He has introduced different genres of music and music in different languages this year. His goal is to see students appreciate their  potential and see the value of music.

Croglio added he wants to continue to grow the choir programs. The high school choir performs throughout the community and will perform eight to ten times between now and Christmas, he said.