Roseville Community Schools has named three educators with a combined 80-plus years as its Outstanding Teachers of the Year.
The selected teachers are Becky Vehar at the elementary level, Natalie Grupido from middle school and Matt Komarowski, who works at Roseville High School.
In addition, Grupido was chosen by the Macomb County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Selection Committee as their Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the middle school level.
According to Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski, each brings something special to students in the classroom.
“Becky Vehar has been a leader in school improvement and creates a warm classroom environment,” Blaszkowski said in a news release.
Natalie Grupido has transformed the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing program by bringing her creativity, sharing her own experience of being deaf, and modeling a successful career for her students. Matt Komarowski, a master machinist, helped develop a welding program for our high school students including acquiring grants for equipment. ”
Vehar has worked as a teacher for 23 years, including the last 18 in Roseville. She taught in the first, fifth, and sixth grades at Arbor Elementary. She has since moved to Steenland Elementary School, where she is a fifth-grade teacher.
Steenland Principal Charles Felker said Vehar has a strong connection with her students and the school community.
“She has served on various committees, is a School Improvement chairperson, and a leader in strategies for the use of technology. Mrs. Vehar enjoys sharing her skills with students and staff, and she is recognized as a teacher that makes a difference in the lives of her students, ”he said in the release.
Grupido teaches the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing program at Roseville Middle School. She has more than
27 years of experience working in the deaf community, serving as an educator and mentor, an American Sign
Language and Deaf Studies Coordinator, an adjunct instructor, and an administrator.
Komarowski has been teaching in Roseville for 15 years. He teaches advanced machine trades,
pre-vocational machine trades, and welding and metal fabrication technology at Roseville High School.
Over the years, he has also taught a variety of career tech courses.
Jason Bettin, the high school principal, said Komarowski is a constant advocate for career and technical education programs for RHS students.
“He built the RHS welding program and guided it to CTE status on his own through the hard work he put into attending trainings for the program certification. He continually involves his students in competitions where they take what they have learned from him and apply it, often with great, award-winning results, ”Bettin said.
All three Outstanding Teacher of the Year winners, as well as Grupido for her county award, will be honored at the Macomb Intermediate School District’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet on April 19.