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Through the Forest Hills School District C.A.R.E. team (Competency, Advocacy, Relationships, and Empowerment/ Engagement), all teachers engage and enhance district practices through a continuum of diversity, belonging, inclusion and equity. This team is part of the Forest Hills School District cornerstone dedicated to enhancing relationships and wellness with students. 

The C.A.R.E. team is guided by an advisory which includes a Forest Hills School District Board of Education member, parents, community volunteers, administrators, teachers and counselors. Each of the district’s nine schools is represented on the C.A.R.E. advisory. 


Forest Hills School District is committed to its established initiatives that help ensure our schools are welcoming and safe for all. We are committed to meaningful change, equity, student and community voice, and ensuring an authentic sense of belonging for all. 


C - Competence

Having an awareness of one’s own cultural identity and views about diversity while pro-actively working to understand other cultures of students, staff and their families.

A - Advocacy

Working to evaluate policies and practices to reform our schools as needed. Ensuring equity of voice, changing of attitudes and behaviors to impact outcomes for our community. 

R - Relationships

Developing relationships with and among all students, staff, families, and the community. 

E - Engagement/Empowerment

Intentional focus to ensure all students find relevant and meaningful connections to learning. Knowing that this cultural relevance gives us perspective, engages our attention, increases capacity for learning, and assists us in interpreting and inferring meaning, enabling the depth of understanding and interest needed.


The C.A.R.E Advisory began work in the fall of 2017 building the mission, vision, and purpose of the future C.A.R.E. Leadership Team. The advisory built its internal capacity through professional development, growing together in understanding culturally responsive practices and the needs of our students, staff, and community. During the 2018-19 school year, staff members from all nine school buildings were invited to collectively engage in purposeful professional development to build capacity with leaders which allowed them to transition this learning the following school year within their school. This work was led in conjunction with an outside educational expert from Hamilton County Educational Service Center. 

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the intentional focus was on adults with the purpose of educating staff members on the complexities of the CARE Mission topics in order for them to be able to engage in meaningful conversations about diversity and inclusion with students. This work included, but was not limited to:

Guiding our work for the 2020-2021 school year is “All staff will enhance the sense of belonging by engaging and valuing individual cultural diversity for all students as we strive  for inclusion and equity.”  This will include, but not be limited to:


Contact the C.A.R.E team:

For general questions regarding the work of the C.A.R.E. team, please contact teaching and learning coordinator, Melissa Buckalew

For more specific C.A.R.E. information related to an FHSD school, please contact the appropriate C.A.R.E. administrator.

Anderson High School: Emily Stanyard, Assistant Principal 

Ayer Elementary: Heather Hoelle, Principal

Maddux Elementary: Heather Milligan, Assistant Principal 

Mercer Elementary: Jodi Davidson, Principal

Nagel Middle School: Anita Eshelman, Principal 

Sherwood Elementary: Dan Hamilton, Principal 

Summit Elementary: Michele Sulfsted, Principal  

Turpin High School: Camey Eberhard, Assistant Principal 

Wilson Elementary: Brian Lyons, Assistant Principal