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MCTE High School Teacher of the Year

The Michigan Council of Teachers of English Secondary Teacher of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding high-school English educator. 

To be considered for the award, the ideal nominee…

  • is properly certified and currently teaching ELA in a private, public, or charter secondary school (9-12) in the state of Michigan.
  • is a member of MCTE and NCTE and has taught for at least 10 years.
  • is a role model and an inspiration to the education community.
  • demonstrates strong ability to foster excellence in ELA education.
  • connects learning to student interests and to their lives beyond the classroom.
  • utilizes a variety of teaching methodologies and plans innovative learning experiences to meet the needs of all students.
  • demonstrates a strong commitment to creating a caring and respectful climate conducive to effective teaching and learning.
  • has earned the respect and admiration of colleagues and students.
  • demonstrates a thorough understanding of curriculum, including assessment and evaluation practices.
  • is committed to his/her own professional development to enhance teaching excellence and provides service to the profession at the local, state, or national level through leadership, presentations, or publications.

The nominator is responsible for submitting the honoree’s resume and letters of support from at least TWO different constituencies — principal, supervisor, chairperson, peer, parent or student — about contributions in the classroom and excellent practices exhibited by the recipient.

Nominees may be recommended by colleagues from the local school district or a member of MCTE. Before submitting a nomination, please check the requirements for the award.

Recipients will be recognized at the MCTE annual fall conference. The National Council of Teachers of English will also recognize the honoree as a High School Teacher of Excellence at their annual fall conference during the secondary luncheon.

Past Honorees

The MCTE introduced the Secondary English Teacher of the Year Award in 2004. Below are all past honorees.

 

2017 Geryl Lobert, Chippewa Hills High School
2016 David Theune, Spring Lake High School
2015 Sandy Safford, Cheboygan High School
2014 Mitch Nobis, Birmingham Public Schools
2013 Danielle Marsh, Shepperd Public Schools
2012 Jared Morningstar, Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy
2011 John Rutherford, W.E. Groves High School, Beverly Hills, MI  
2010 Therese Petrongelli, Harrison High School, Harrison, MI
2009 No award 
2008 Stasha Simon, Petoskey High School, Petoskey Public Schools
2007 Mary Cecilia Cox, Renaissance High School, Detroit, MI
2006 Janice Schmidt, Dearborn Public Schools, Dearborn, MI
2005 Nancy Orr Elliott, Ubly High School, Ubly, MI
2004 Ronald Iwankovitsch, Ubly High School, Ubly, MI

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