ITHACA NAMES PERSON OF THE YEAR FOR 2019!
Ithaca Promotional committee gives the Ithaca Person of the Year Award to
someone whose efforts have served the Ithaca community through his or her
leadership, volunteerism, and community service. This person is someone that
has worked with civic organizations as well as other groups to improve the
quality of life for the citizens of our community.
year's recipient Miss Lisa Yoder. Lisa previously worked at Farwell Public
schools for 4 years prior to joining Ithaca Public Schools in 2001 and is in
her 21st year teaching. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree from Alma College
& her Master’s Degree in Teaching from Marygrove.
has a history of teaching her students the importance of the Ithaca community
by introducing them to parts of Ithaca they may have never seen or learned
about before. Lisa coordinated a student led effort to raise money to highlight
the need to restore the Pattengill Monument located next to the Fire Hall in
Ithaca. She also put together Ithaca Kids Day in cooperation with the Downtown
Development Authority including lining up activities, supplies and volunteers
to make it a success. Lisa’s 5th grade class has even visited to Gratiot County
Courthouse and put on mock trials with the help of the county Justice. She has
even published a children’s book, “One Spider’s Web” featuring sights and
places in Ithaca.
also teaches the importance of supporting the Veteran’s in our community. Has
class attend and participate in Veterans Day Ceremonies. Miss Yoder's Class
writes Thank You letters to Gratiot County Veterans each year. She has also
developed a class project where students meet WWII Veterans, and record their
stories in a book which is published online. Copies of which are available in
local library, schools and Gratiot Historical Museum.
asked about Miss Yoder her Principal Mrs. Renee Sopel said that she is the
first teacher to arrive every day for duty. Lisa works one on one with students
to provide individualized help before school & during recess. Miss Yoder
has applied for and received many grants which have allowed her to travel all
over the United States to improve her craft of teaching. And finally, that Lisa
simply has a passion for TEACHING.