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Franklin Central High School students receive awards in memory of late teacher

Franklin Central High School students receive awards in memory of late teacher

Congratulations to the outstanding Franklin Central High School students who were recognized by Principal Jenni Matasovsky for the Susan Tomlinson ALL IN Award for Quarter I:

  • Mohammad Useman Azimi
  • Stephanie Aguayo
  • Kam Boi
  • Cryptid Bollinger
  • Aerial Edwards
  • Olivia Essex
  • Will Hannah
  • Jason Huffman
  • Jodh Kaur
  • Ava Ollanketo
  • Duy Phan
  • Bria Pillow
  • Hanna Ruiz
  • Manraj Singh
  • Shelby Tapia
FCHS award winners. (Submitted photo)

The award honors the legacy of the late Mrs. Susan Tomlinson, who passed away July 8 of this year. She was a lifelong, passionate educator and the first FTCSC District Teacher of the Year. Along with numerous international, national, and regional awards throughout her stellar career due to service, Mrs. Tomlinson championed diversity and gave her time and talents to the FCHS World Cultures Club (founder), Indianapolis Sister Cities International, and Cultural Understanding for Racial Equity (C.U.R.E.) Project Team. Mrs. Tomlinson was ALL IN.

Tomlinson was also named Educator of the Year by The Southside Times in 2020. The following are quotes from those who nominated her:

“Mrs. Susan Tomlinson is a teaching legend. Recognized as our district’s first Teacher of the Year many years ago, Susan continues to develop professionally and serves on the Indiana Council for the Social Studies executive board, the Indianapolis Sister Cities International executive teacher outreach board and she consults for Gilder Lehrman United States History organization. In this capacity, Mrs. Tomlinson was chosen to advise on award-winning Ken Burns’ documentary, Vietnam. She has been awarded Indiana Social Studies Teacher of the Year by Gilder Lehrman, and she has been honored with a plethora of awards, including a Lily Teacher Creativity Fellowship that took her on teaching adventures to Slovenia, Italy and Croatia. Susan is highly accomplished. She is my educational hero!”  – Lisa Laker, English teacher for Franklin Central High School

“Susan is also a wealth of information acquired from her many travels, workshops and work within the field of social studies. Her dedication and contributions to our field is beyond description. It is inspiring to see an educator who has been in the field as long as she has to be so passionate and dedicated to her students, colleagues and field of study. I for one am truly grateful for being able to be her colleague, let alone call her a friend.” – Cacinda Walters, Government, U.S. and World History teacher for FCHS.

Award winners were nominated by an FCHS teacher as a champion for diversity and an outstanding role model. This award is sponsored by the FCHS C.U.R.E. Project Team. Congratulations to these awesome students!

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