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2022 Special Recognition Award Recipient

Prior to joining Chippewa Middle School as their Student Supervisor in 2018, Jim Boardway was the Executive Director for three statewide trade Associations. He received the Michigan Society of Association Executives “Chairman’s Gavel Award” for dedicated service to the profession proven by advancing the ideas and aspirations of the Chairman of the Board.

Jim graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor of Arts of Degree in Art Education. Education is a deep part of Jim’s heritage with a Great Aunt, sister and daughter all educators.

In Jim’s spare time, he delights in spending time with his two daughters’ families, especially his four grandchildren. “I can’t think of a more rewarding use of my time than investing time and support into these precious lives” says Jim. He also is a part-time cashier at a local Home Depot store. A little-known fact about Jim’s is his holiday illumination skills which were recognized by his home town Chamber of Commerce in a Christmas light decorating contest.

When asked about his time in Okemos Jim says, “The administration, teachers and staff at Chippewa Middle School have provided me with amazing support and flexibility to make sure that each and every student feels known, acknowledged and appreciated. Being part of the Okemos School Community has allowed me the opportunity to create friendships and mentors throughout the district.