ELMWOOD PLACE, Ohio - Former students of Vickie Stambaugh paid tribute to the longtime Elmwood Place teacher Saturday by having a park renamed in her honor.
"I had some tears of joy. I was absolutely stunned," said Stambaugh, who retired from Elmwood Place Elementary after 30 years in the teaching field.
William Wilson and several other of Stambaugh's former students had been planning to rename Maple Street Park after her since January.
On Saturday, at a celebration that involved Stambaugh's family, friends and many of the students she helped shape over the years, the park was officially renamed "Vickie Stambaugh Park."
Now a 40-something, Wilson still vividly remembers his days in Ms. Stambaugh's class. He said Stambaugh was one of the special people who went "above and beyond" to make his life and all of her students' lives better.
"She dedicated her life to the students here in Elmwood Place and I know it was on her own free time," Wilson said. "She just was a terrific teacher."
The celebration on Saturday was a chance for Stambaugh's former students to say thank you with a token of their affection and appreciation.
"I'm absolutely overwhelmed by this honor," Stambaugh said. "After 30 years of teaching, I'm very grateful for this honor."