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Lakewood’s Marla Barnaba honored

NEWARK – Some of the community’s very best educators were recognized for inspiring future generations of citizens with the Licking County Foundation’s annual Leaders for Learning Award. Thirteen area teachers were surprised in their classrooms recently by representatives of the Licking County Foundation who presented them with an art-glass apple symbolizing the knowledge and inspiration they impart to their students and the community’s appreciation for their efforts.

Marla Barnaba, Speech & Language Pathologist, at Lakewood’s Jackson Intermediate School was one of the 13 teachers.

The Leaders for Learning Award was created by the Licking County Foundation in 1993 to honor and recognize public school teachers who exemplify excellence in their fields. Each year, teachers from every school district in Licking County are selected by their principals and superintendents for their belief that all students can and want to learn; for their desire to make a significant difference in students’ lives; for their commitment to professional development; and for their outstanding classroom skills and leadership.

The Leaders for Learning Award is a lifetime recognition award: recipients can apply for $500 grants to further their professional development or purchase materials for their classrooms. This award is made possible through generous support by the Lindorf-Warner Memorial Donor Advised Fund of the Licking County Foundation.

The Licking County Foundation supports educational opportunities for area students and teachers through scholarships, foreign travel grants and lifelong professional development awards. To learn more about making a gift, establishing a fund or applying for a grant, please visit or call 740.349.3863.

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