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Walled Lake Schools name Teachers of the Year
January 16, 2017

WALLED LAKE, MI - The Walled Lake Consolidated School District is proud to announce the District Teachers of the Year for 2016-17.The elementary Teacher of the Year is Monica House from Mary Helen Guest Elementary. The middle school Teacher of the Year is Jean Buller from Clifford Smart Middle School. The high school Teacher of the Year is Barbie Green from Walled Lake Central High School.

“We are so very fortunate in Walled Lake Schools to have the amazing educators that teach, facilitate and model learning for our more than 14,000 students every day. Teaching is much more than a profession – it is a calling. I am proud, privileged and very happy to honor the 2016-17 Walled Lake Teachers of the Year and to thank them for their dedication and commitment to our children, families and community," Kenneth Gutman, superintendent, said.

In their nomination essays:

House said: “I believe that “teaching every child” starts with ensuring their happiness. I create a physical environment, as well an emotionally safe atmosphere, that supports my students’ needs and fosters a willingness to take risks that are inherent to all learning. I believe that when given time, space, support, and the right environment, every child is capable of reaching their goals.”

Buller said: “I have learned the importance of constantly adjusting my teaching techniques to meet the needs of every child in my classroom. What I have found is that no one strategy meets every child’s learning needs. As a teacher I try to convey the love of learning. Learning in my classroom is about my students growing to appreciate science and to understand how the world works.”

Green said: “It is essential that I not only teach my students how to communicate in French, but also give them an understanding of French history and culture so that they can better appreciate the language and the people who speak it. Sharing my passion and opening student’s eyes to the beauty and importance of this amazing subject that brings me immense joy.”

The 2016-17 Teacher of the Year recipients are:

Dan Love, Commerce Elementary;
Jennifer Phillips-Weckstein, Dublin Elementary;
Lara Dryden, Glengary Elementary;
Monica House, Mary Helen Guest Elementary;
Danielle Bigi; Hickory Woods Elementary;
Matt Hewitt, Keith Elementary;
Brandy Carlson, Loon Lake Elementary;
Carrie Estabrook, Meadowbrook Elementary;
Sherry Rachwal, Oakley Park Elementary;
Jill Stromback, Pleasant Lake Elementary;
Shannon Cipriano, Walled Lake Elementary;
Alexis Megyesi, Wixom Elementary;
Lynn Dunn, Sarah Banks Middle School;
Tarra Pitcock, Walnut Creek Middle School;
Linda Martin-Seng, Geisler Middle School;
Jean Buller, Clifford Smart Middle School;
Barbie Green, Walled Lake Central High School;
Kaye Lynn Mazurek, Walled Lake Northern High School;
Paulette Loe, Walled Lake Western High School.

 


Jean Buller, Barbie Green and Monica House – Walled Lake District Teachers of the Year 2016-17