2023 Winner

Wendy Pugh


1st Grade

“Wendy is amazing. She is a gifted educator with a unique talent to support a wide range of learners. She makes the most out of her time with students. ... Educators often pop into her room to watch her teach, as she always comes up with fun and innovative lessons.”

Wendy Pugh has been an educator in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for 24 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University and her master’s degree from Walden University. In addition, she earned her special education degree from Baldwin Wallace University. In 2017, she became a Cleveland Cavaliers Head of the Class award winner. Wendy has extensive experience teaching elementary students including students with special needs and English language learners.

Wendy’s goal is to be the teacher she would want for her own child. She believes in meeting students where they are academically and using data to drive her instruction.  She creates fun classroom experiences using hands on activities, theme days, music, and technology. When students are in her classroom, she works to make them feel safe, encouraged, and loved.

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