JACKSON- At the February 23, 2016 Jackson Township council recognized the 2015-2016 Jackson School District’s Teachers of the Year.
“We hear a lot about teachers in our community and the one word we don’t hear enough is ‘Thank You’”, said council president Rob Nixon. “There’s a very special place for all of us who were blessed one way or another in our lives by a teacher.”
“I was one of the students who was bad,” said Councilman Barry Calogero. “But I think you for turning me out and pulling me by the ear and making me a better person.”
“As a product of the Jackson School District and a parent with six kids in the Jackson school system, I said to many people we have the best education system in the county and state,” Councilman Scott Martin said. “We have some of the most caring and loving teachers around.”
Martin joked, “I’m basically employing you guys with my family.”
Councilman Ken Bressi reminded residents to remember those who gave supreme sacrifices and thanked the teachers.
“I worked at an elementary school for 20 years, I was not a teacher, I was a facilities manager that aggravated the teachers,” he said. “We have one of those teachers who retired there, her daughter received one of the awards tonight.”
Bressi noted that during his tenure in facilities at the St. Veronica School in Howell the things teachers did after the students left, including grading papers.
From Crawford-Rodriguez Elementary:: Teacher Erica Georgiano Reading Specialist Laura Hughes
From Elms Elementary School: Teacher Danielle Parella Reading Specialist Jill Villecco
From Holman Elementary School: Teacher Christina Castro Paraprofessional Kim McDonald From Johnson Elementary School: Teacher Marisa DiStasi-Kissam NCLB Teacher Shawn Levison
From Rosenauer Elementary School: Teacher Barbara McGill ESL Teacher Lucinda Granatelli
From Switlik Elementary School: Teacher Maria Vlahos Nurse Patti Kossman
From Goetz Middle School: Teacher Heather Callahan Media Specialist Jackie Daton From McAuliffe Middle School: Teacher Michael Saulnier Speech Language Specialist Peggy Allaire
From Jackson Liberty High School: Teacher Todd Engle SAC Andrea Mangini-Harold
From Jackson Memorial High School: Teacher Sean Bayha SAC MaryannStenta