The Okemos Education Foundation (OEF) has announced that the following individuals will receive the 2013 Commitment to Excellence Awards
at the OEF Awards Banquet on November 21, 2013:
- Lynn Atkins, EI Basic Classroom Teacher at Kinawa (retired)
- Lee Ballor, Math/Science Teacher at Chippewa
- Nichole Berridge, RtI Coach at Cornell
- Karen Canestraight, Science Teacher at Okemos High School
- Ingrid Yarbrough, 4th Grade Teacher at Hiawatha (retired)
These educators were chosen for their outstanding ability to inspire and motivate students, their creativity and innovation, and their ability to promote the welfare of students and provide leadership within the school community. Nominators were submitted by community members, parents, and school staff and each non-retired recipient will receive a $1,000 grant from the OEF to be used for educational purposes.
The Special Recognition Award is presented to support staff who demonstrate a passion for excellence and whose work elevates the Okemos Public Schools. The 2013 Special Recognition Award
- Catherine Hickey, At Risk Aide at Hiawatha
- Kathy Maki, Library Media Specialist at Hiawatha
The Volunteer Service Award honors individuals who have a significant positive impact on students, staff, and the school community through their extraordinary volunteer service. The 2013 Volunteer Service Award
- Christine Burgess & Cari Thomas, Uniform Committee Chairs for the Okemos High School Band
Award recipients will be honored during the annual OEF Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 21, at the Country Club of Lansing. Tickets will be available October 1 through November 7 at each Okemos school office.