Oakland County Schools have announced their Oakland County Outstanding Teachers of the Year for 2021-22.
The annual recognition is intended to honor and reward teachers in Oakland County who have achieved the highest standards of excellence in the education profession.
The 2022 winners numbered three, one for each level of school.
The high school teacher of the year was Julie Martinez from Lamphere High School.
Martinez has been a teacher for 23 years, with her last 12 at Lamphere as an English teacher. She had previously been to the Southfield Public Schools.
Martinez teaches Advanced Placement English and Mythology and is a member of the Social Justice Committee.
“She is one of the best teachers I have ever been able to work with,” said Lamphere Principal Rodney Thomas. “She is a ‘kid magnet.’ I can go by her classroom before school, during her lunch or on her prep hour, and there are always students there to interact with her. ”
The middle school teacher of the year was Mackenzie Curl from Holly Middle School.
Curl has been teaching at Holly Middle School since 2001.
She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary science from Bowling Green State University and a masters degree in the art of teaching from Marygrove College.
She has taught both seventh- and eighth-grade science and the girls’ “Why Try” program.
Curl is a student council sponsor, ski club sponsor, and the science department and coached girls soccer at Holly High School from 2001 to 2011.
The elementary teacher of the year was Roberta Lusk from Ferndale Upper Elementary School.
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Lusk has been an elementary teacher for Ferndale Public Schools for over 30 years.
She is currently a fourth-grade teacher at Ferndale Upper Elementary and also serves as the instructional lead teacher for all district 4th grade classrooms.
Prior to teaching at Ferndale Upper, Lusk was a teacher at John F. Kennedy School and Roosevelt Elementary School in Ferndale as well as a district literacy coach.
“I am pleased to honor and recognize these three excellent educators as Oakland County’s Outstanding Teachers of the Year,” Oakland Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson said in a statement.
“The work they consistently perform inspires and empowers their students, which is the noblest work one can do.”
There were 55 nominations submitted from school districts across Oakland County.
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The nominations were reviewed and screened by a committee comprised of representatives from Oakland Schools, educational referent groups, and community members.
The three winners were recognized in their classrooms during a surprise visit and will be receiving a $ 2,000 cash prize from the Oakland Schools Education Foundation.
Oakland Schools will celebrate all of the Oakland County nominees and present awards to the three 2022 recipients at a special invite-only event at the Flagstar Strand Theater in Pontiac on Wednesday, May 4.