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Richmond Middle School Teacher of the Year: Michelle Schommer


Michelle demonstrates a true passion for teaching and love for her students. In the classroom, her energy and enthusiasm for whatever she is teaching is contagious, and no students’ successes (regardless of the magnitude) go unnoticed. She is a teacher that can be found in the classroom working on a snow day, and is usually one of the last to leave each day (often with a full bag of work to continue at home.)
 
As a teacher, Michelle is constantly evolving and challenging herself to become better. Every year, she refines her class curriculum using MEAP and classroom test data analysis to prepare her students for the changing expectations of the Common Core Standards.  She utilizes data and research-driven techniques to constantly self-evaluate and improve her practice.
 
She is personable—sharing stories, jokes, and allowing kids to see her mistakes. She builds a strong sense of community within each of her classes and works to create an ideal learning situation for even the most challenging kids. Michelle attends extracurricular events such as games and concerts in effort to support all students within the district. She holds several leadership roles within the staff, coordinates both the school Spelling and Geography Bees, and volunteers her assistance in activities that benefit students.
 
Lee Elementary Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Munro   

     

Mrs. Munro’s passion for teaching children is inspiring. Regardless of how difficult things may get she remains positive, professional, and calm. She heads up our March is reading month committee.   She completed the Macomb County Teacher Leader program. She has used the knowledge she has gained to help other teachers improve their craft. When curriculum or standards change, she is quick to make changes, research new resources to match new content, and relay that work to her colleagues.

Mrs. Munro has built her own Math units to be sure to align with state standards, especially when our previous Math series produced gaps. Her use of the classroom smartboard enhances her lessons is each curriculum. She uses it throughout the day. She challenges all her students to go above and beyond what they might think they are capable of doing. She finds ways to get her parents using it on a daily basis.

Mrs. Munro embraces the changes that are researched based and are sustainable. She was out in front of changes on the Common Core. She was doing her own research to ensure lessons were taught "how" they should be taught. She adjusted content to match changes in standards and benchmarks. Mrs. Munro is one of those teachers that feels that 100% of the responsibility of a child’s learning falls on her shoulders. She doesn't point fingers, she looks in the mirror.


Richmond High School Teacher of the Year: Jackie Underwood


Jackie has high academic expectations. The students are aware of these expectations as she reinforces them daily in class and individually. Jackie's behavior expectations are simple. Never disrupt learning, respect yourself and others including objects, and last is no put downs of other students. Negativity has no place in her classroom.

Jackie is always on the lookout for new information or instructional strategies to get the content to students. She continues to update and change classes even after teaching for 12 years. She continuously attends workshops and conferences both in her content area and in instructional methods. She brings whatever she learns back to her classroom. This includes giving a hand to new teachers and collaborating to create new activities. Jackie has spent hours every week giving advice on how to approach material, and moral support to new members of the social studies department. 
 
Jackie has a great rapport with her students. She has taken on a personal challenge to increase positive communication with parents and sends home positive letters to families of students to share about their successes in the classroom. Students and parents have shared their feelings of pride and gratefulness because of these special communications.
District Information

Parent's Guide

School of Choice App

Revised District Calendar 13-14

2014-2015 District Calendar


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