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2022 Commitment to Excellence Award Recipient

Stacy Cook is the product of Okemos Public Schools. She attended Cornell for kindergarten, continuing on to Edgewood, Kinawa, and graduating from Okemos High School in 1982. She received her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University.

Becoming an educator was important to Stacy because her mom, grandma and aunt were also teachers and were greatly influential in her career.

This August, Stacy began her 34th year of teaching. She began her career at Cornell Elementary teaching 5th grade, coached the first-ever girls soccer team at Okemos High School and has been a first grade teacher at Hiawatha Elementary since it first opened in 1989.

Family is of utmost importance to Stacy. She is proud to be a wife to her husband, Roger Cook, and a mom to three grown children who also graduated from Okemos Schools: Corey (Paige), Kyle (Lexi) and Claire (Brian). She is also a grandmother to two grandchildren, Carter (4) and Collyn (3) and a dog-grandma to three grand-dogs: Breck, Matty, and Benona.

Outside of the classroom, Stacy enjoys spending time traveling up north and relaxing at the family pond with family and friends. She also enjoys staying active; regularly exercising on the Peloton, walking the grand-dogs and assisting with various tasks around the family property.

When asked about working in Okemos, Stacy says, “My experiences of working in Okemos have been very rewarding. Okemos is a very desirable place to work. Every school year, I meet new wide-eyed first graders and their parents. The students start as very dependent learners and leave as independent, confident and prepared almost-second graders. I would like to thank all of my fellow educators (past and present), support staff, administrators and parents for making Okemos such a great place to teach!”