Wednesday, the Licking County Foundation presented Lakewood Middle School math teacher Criss Nadolson with its Leaders for Learning Award, which is presented annually to 14 outstanding Licking County teachers.
“Criss was selected because of his belief that all students can and want to learn, his desire to make a significant difference in students’ lives, his commitment to professional development, and his outstanding classroom skills and leadership,” said Licking County Foundation Director Connie Hawk.
Nadolson may be better known as the softball coach who led the Lakewood Lady Lancers to three consecutive state championships, but Hawk said this award recognizes his achievements in the classroom. “He’s a master teacher,” she said.
“I hope to live up to the high standards and expectations of the this award,” said Nadolson who, as a recipient of the award, is eligible to apply for $500 grants to further his professional development or purchase books, equipment, or technology for his classroom.
“His instructional methods are absolutely outstanding,” said Lakewood Middle School Principal Jim Riley. He said the annual award cycles through the district’s individual schools and this year the middle school was the recipient. Riley said that while the middle school has many teachers to be considered for the award, Nadolson was a clear choice. “He just stood out,” said Riley. “Criss does those intangible things that manifest themselves into success.”
“(Nadolson) is outstanding in everything he does,” said Superintendent Jay Gault.