The Okemos Education Foundation (OEF) has announced that the following individuals will receive the 2012 Commitment to Excellence Awards at the OEF Awards Banquet on November 15, 2012:
Deb Hamilton, Language Arts Teacher at Chippewa 7-8 School, District Coordinator of Gifted Education
John Olstad, Science Teacher at Okemos High School
Fred Partlow, Latin Teacher at Okemos High School (retired)
Elizabeth Reed, Music Teacher at Hiawatha Elementary School
Chrissy Schoonover, Math Teacher at Okemos High School
Carmen VanAlstine, French, ELL and Language Arts Teacher at Chippewa 7-8 School
These educators and administrators 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. Nominations were submitted by community members, parents and school staff and each 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 Okemos Public Schools. The 2012 recipients are:
Lynna Hassenger, Director of Food & Nutrition, Okemos Public Schools
Kathy Hunter, Administrative Assistant at Okemos Public Montessori at Central (retired)
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 2012 recipient is:
Lynne Page, Okemos High School Parent Group Treasurer and many other volunteer roles in the district
Award recipients will be honored during the annual OEF Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 15, at the Country Club of Lansing. Tickets will be available October 1 through November 7 at each Okemos school office. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12 for children.