Last school year was one of firsts for Beckie Walton.
It was her first year teaching preschool at Western Reserve Local Schools and 2013-14 marked the first time Ohio implemented a rating program for preschools.
Administrators were aiming to earn at least a three-star quality rating, on a scale from one to five, with five being the best.
But modest goals weren't part of Walton's plan. "I'm kind of a heavy hitter and I said, 'No way, I want a five,'" Walton said.
Walton said she's not surprised about the five-star rating. "I'm ecstatic," she said. "We worked really hard for it. I think it's the collaboration of everybody that works with me."
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