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Head Of The Class

Head of the Class

Head of the Class recognizes teachers in Northeast Ohio for making a difference in lives of their students both inside and outside the classroom.

The Cavaliers selected one teacher each month of the regular season (October- April) as the Head of the Class winner. Cavaliers’ “Hype Man” Ahmaad Crump and a Cavaliers mascot traveled to each winner’s school to surprise him/her with a super-sized ticket to a Cavaliers home game. In addition to receiving two (2) tickets to a game, the winning teacher received two (2) complimentary food and beverage passes, recognition on-court prior to the game and a $500 donation to be used toward their classroom needs.

The following criteria was considered for each winner:

  • The teacher’s students have excelled or made significant improvements academically
  • The teacher volunteers time outside of the classroom to assist students
  • The teacher has made a contribution in his/her community
  • The teacher is highly regarded by students for making a difference in their lives

2018-19 Winners:

Bernadette Elam

APRIL: April’s winner was Bernadette Elam, a first grade teacher at Hopkins Elementary School in Mentor, where she is loved and respected by her students. Learn more about Bernadette.

Matthew Butler

MARCH: March’s winner was Matthew Butler, a seventh and eighth grade math teacher at Innes Community Learning Center in Akron, where he is known for being positive. Learn more about Matthew.

Katie Vento

FEBRUARY: February’s winner was Katie Vento, a special education teacher at Parma Senior High School, where she always puts forth her best effort when teaching. Learn more about Katie.

Brandi Huffman

JANUARY: January’s winner was Brandi Huffman, a kindergarten teacher at McKinley Elementary School in Elyria, where she is on various school committees. Learn more about Brandi.

Lamont Judge

DECEMBER: December’s winner was Mr. Lamont Judge, an educator at Memorial Junior High School in South Euclid, where he leads students who make a difference at school. Learn more about Lamont.

Eleanor Nickras

NOVEMBER: November’s winner was Eleanor Nickras, the choir, music and drama teacher at Litchfield Middle School. She has helped grow choir membership at the school. Learn more about Eleanor.

Dan Boyle

OCTOBER: October’s winner was Dan Boyle, a sixth grade math teacher at Lee Eaton Elementary School. He is known to put smiles on his students’ faces while helping them in math. Learn more about Dan.


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