Baker Elementary School’s fifth grade math teacher, Janice Lucas, has been nominated as an exemplary teacher for the 2022 Ohio Teacher of the Year selection process. Lucas is one of several Trumbull County educators who have been nominated within District 7, which encompasses all of Trumbull, Ashtabula, Geauga and Portage counties and portions of Lake and Summit counties.
Lucas, who knew in the third grade she wanted to be a teacher, started her career in 1982 at Maplewood Local Schools. After spending four years at Maplewood, Lucas took some time off to raise her daughter. Eventually, she ventured back into education and taught part-time for eight years at the Word of Life Christian Academy. During that time, she welcomed another daughter and a son into her family. Once her youngest child entered school, Lucas went back to work full time, working as a long term substitute in Maplewood schools. In 2007, she learned of an opening at Mathews Local Schools and has been with the district ever since serving as the fifth grade math teacher.
“What I enjoy most about teaching are the relationships that I am able to build with my students. Teaching is far more than just educating students. It’s about inspiring learners and putting belief and hope in them,” said Janice Lucas.
In June, a regional committee will review the District 7 educators who were nominated to participate in the Teacher of the Year selection process. From that group, one will be selected to serve as District 7’s official candidate into the Ohio Teacher of the Year competition.
The Mathews Local School District is certainly proud of Mrs. Lucas and all of her accomplishments. She is an exemplary teacher who invests greatly in all of the students and families she serves.