Marsh Family Teacher Receives Child Welfare Worker of the Year Award
VAN WERT, Ohio – Tanga Mitchell, Marsh Foundation School Family Teacher, was nominated and received the American Legion of Ohio’s Child Welfare Worker of the Year Award. Mitchell was nominated by Kenneth Schutz of the American Legion post 178. Her nomination was presented to the national board and selected as the award recipient. She was officially presented with the award plaque at a banquet in Columbus on January 20.
According to the Department of Ohio Child Welfare Committee, they created the Child Welfare Worker of the Year Award to recognize the front-line civilian warriors who work tirelessly on behalf of children every day. In addition to her daily work with youth at The Marsh Foundation, Mitchell also serves children in her community as a member of the Van Wert County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Through this organization, she is often the means of comfort for children affected by fire. And, as a former board member of the Van Wert YWCA, she helped meet the needs of children through their programs and services.
“Tanga is the type of employee that every organization like ours desires to have,” said Kim Mullins, executive director of Child & Family Services at The Marsh. “She embodies our mission and has given the past 21 years of her career to caring for and inspiring the youth in our care. She is very deserving of this award.” In addition to being a school family teacher, Mitchell has also served as a team lead and family teacher in the group homes at The Marsh.
The Marsh Foundation is a not-for-profit children's services agency that provides services for youth
and families in a variety of settings. Services include residential care, family foster care (ages 0-17),
adoption and independent living services. Located in Van Wert, Ohio, the organization is licensed to
provide on-campus services for up to 30 children, offers an on-campus school for grades 2 – 12, and
provides a variety of clinical services to campus residents, foster care children and community
members throughout western Ohio.
Photo caption: Tanga Mitchell is a school family teacher at The Marsh Foundation and spends her days working directly with at risk youth. She was recently named Child Welfare Worker of the Year by the American Legion Department of Ohio.