Julia Joyce and Prissy Schoeny are the 2020 recipients of the Lee S. Pattison Distinguished Teacher Award at Cincinnati Country Day School. Joyce is a Middle School teacher and Learning Specialist. Schoeny is a second-grade teacher in the Lower School. Yvonne Green, Assistant to College Counseling and Testing Coordinator, received the CCDS Staff Recognition Award.
First granted in 1989, the Lee S. Pattison Distinguished Teacher Award seeks to celebrate teachers who best embody all that Lee Pattison gave, day in and day out: loyalty, creativity, humor, flexibility, and integrity.
Teachers nominate their peers based on characteristics including teaching ability, communication skills, professional growth, and other personal qualities. A committee of administrators and alumni reviews the nominations and determines the winners. The winners are announced at the final faculty meeting of the year in early June. Winners receive a $10,000 stipend spread over three years, and an additional $1,000 to spend for the benefit of the school.
The Staff Recognition Award is given to a staff member for outstanding performance, support, and initiative that consistently exceeds expectations, performing at a level beyond normal job requirements. The staff member also shows a high level of personal interaction and customer service, demonstrating an ability and willingness to work effectively with others to improve the CCDS experience for all constituents. Winners receive a $2,000 cash award.
Julia Joyce, left, and Prissy Schoeny