Teachers of the Year

Celebrating Our Teachers of the Year
Posted on 03/01/2024
Teacher of the YearWe surprised three teachers over the last few weeks when we recognized them for Royal Oak Schools Teacher of the Year.

A surprise was in store for Royal Oak High School Teacher Kirsten Williams, who was named Royal Oak Schools High School Teacher of the Year! She sat amongst her peers during a professional development session when Interim Principal Angela Ashburn started discussing teacher of the year. "In choir, her ability to engage students through creative teaching methods, foster creative thinking, and instill the love of learning and music is commendable," she read before announcing Kirsten's name. Kirsten was happily surprised by her husband and family members, Superintendent Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Staff and Student Services Patrick Wolynski, and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Joseph Youanes.

At the middle school, Lindsey Potterack was introduced by colleague Kate Chambers before receiving her honor. Lindsey was not only surprised by the recognition but also by members of the Royal Oak Middle School Student Council in attendance for the presentation.

At Oak Ridge Elementary School, Lois Mann was recognized as Elementary Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Fitzpatrick surprised Mann during a professional development activity at the elementary school. Mann has been teaching for 50 years and has made such an impact on the Royal Oak community. Superintendent Fitzpatrick was joined by Executive Director of Staff and Student Services Patrick Wolynski and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Joseph Youanes.

You can watch their reactions with this link.