The Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce presents a Teacher of the Month award, sponsored by area businesses, from October through May.

Teachers recognized for the 2017-2018 academic school year thus far included the following:

 Chris Schillig was selected as the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce’s Teacher of the Month for October. Schillig taught high school English for two years at Lehman High School in Sidney and then worked for several years outside of education before returning to the field. He is currently in his 15th year with Alliance City Schools, where he has taught freshman and sophomore English, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, dual-credit College Composion I and II, Film Studies, Creative Writing, and Graphic Novels. He has also been an adjunct instructor at Stark State College since 2009. Carter’s Copy Center sponsored the October Teacher of the Month award.

 Brenda Schloneger of Marlington Middle School was selected as Teacher of the Month in November. Schloneger has 27 years of experience in the classroom, 22 of them at Marlington Middle School. She started her teaching career at Regina Coeli in Alliance, where she taught first grade. She then moved to St. Louis School in Louisville, educating seventh- and eighth-grade classes, before moving to MMS in 1996. She has taught a variety of grades and subjects, with a heavy concentration in science and math at the eighth-grade level. She currently teaches Enriched Grade 8 Science and is also the dean of students. Adam Christian of Cassady-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home was the Chamber's business sponsor of the award.

 Samantha Luca of Sebring McKinley was named the Teacher of the Month for December. After spending time as a substitute at Alliance City Schools, she taught one year art at Our Lady of Peace Catholic School in Canton in 2011, before accepting a similar position at B.L. Miller Elementary in 2012. Luca teaches art at B.L. Miller for all grades and this school year took on the role as district art teacher for students in all grades. She teaches art at Sebring McKinley Junior/Senior high school in the morning and at B.L. Miller Elementary in the afternoon. Lisa Gentile of Copeland Oaks Retirement Community sponsored the award and presented it to Luca.

 Kathy Menegay was named the Teacher of the Month for January. She has been teaching for 24 years, all at West Branch. Menegay was hired in 1994 as a full-time Title 1 Reading and Math teacher. She has spent most of her career teaching kindergarten. Menegay is a mentor in the Resident Educator program for new teachers. She also serves on the Elementary Building Leadership Team and as a planner of Family Nights for the preschool children and their families throughout the year. Menegay's award was sponsored by Chamber member Linda Harris of Barnett Insurance.