Newly designated Master Teacher Sheryl Belmont, lead intervention specialist, Summit Academy Community School – Xenia.

Lead Intervention Specialist Sheryl Belmont, who teaches at Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Xenia, has earned Ohio state designation as a Master Teacher.

Belmont began her education career 17 years ago as a music teacher. A decade ago, she transitioned to special education where she says she discovered her greatest joy as a teacher.

“This was my calling. I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I never even thought about another career,” she says.

Belmont joined Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Xenia three years ago in what was then a new role to her, one she says she “thoroughly enjoys.” Belmont adds that she decided to pursue the Master Teacher distinction when she found herself in a mentorship role.

“I wanted to be able to share my knowledge with my colleagues and those beginning their teaching careers,” explains Belmont, who teaches students in grades 9-12.

To receive Master Teacher in Ohio designation, eligible educators undergo a rigorous assessment and demonstration of the following criteria described by the Ohio Educator Standards Board:

  • Consistent leadership
  • Focused collaboration
  • Distinguished teaching – focus on students and the environment
  • Distinguished teaching – focus on content, instruction and assessment

Summit Academy extends its most sincere congratulations to this incredible teacher .