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OEF Annual Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Okemos Public Schools

Part of the OEF's mission is to recognize the excellence that exists within Okemos Public Schools. Each fall we host the OEF Awards Banquet, where we honor those who have made significant contributions to our school community.

2018 Award Nomination Deadline: June 15th

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2017 OEF Award Recipients - 10 people outside OHS

2017 Award Recipients (partial)

2017 OEF Award Recipients

Commitment to Excellence Award:
Nicole Langdon, Kinawa and Edgewood Social Worker
Joel Schut, OHS Orchestra Director
Robb Shubel, Hiawatha 4th Grade Teacher
Mark Tomczak, Chippewa 7th Grade Science Teacher
Cindy Wolff, Kinawa 6th Grade Math Teacher

Special Recognition Award:
Learning Center Aides at OPM at Central: Peggy Baldwin, Krista Grettenberger, Hei-Won Lee
Sue Tague, Food Services Administrative Assistant
Rhianna Walworth, Central Office Administrative Assistant

Dean Bolton Volunteer Service Award:
Ron Styka

Distinguished Alumni Award:
Joel C. Peterson, Class of 1965

Okemos Education Foundation Awards

Commitment to Excellence

Educators and Administrators: teachers, counselors, school social workers, psychologists, speech therapists, principals
Honors educators and administrators who:
  • Inspire and motivate students
  • Promote the welfare of students
  • Implement innovative and/or creative ideas
  • Provide leadership within the school community.

Recipients receive a $1,000 classroom grant.

Special Recognition

Support Staff: administrative assistants, secretaries, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, paraprofessionals and aides
Honors support staff who embody a commitment to excellence and who have made a significant, positive impact on students, staff and/or the school community.
Available to those who do not quality for the Commitment to Excellence Award.
Nominees must be employed by Okemos Public Schools.

Dean Bolton Volunteer Service

Honors individuals who have made a significant, positive impact on students, staff, and/or the school community through their extraordinary volunteer service.

Dan c. wertz Founder's

Presented to an individual or business that has demonstrated a commitment to quality education through their generous financial support of the Okemos Education Foundation.


Honors an alumnus of Okemos Public Schools who demonstrates exceptional dedication and achievement as well as humanitarian contributions. Learn more about the alumni award