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Excellence in Education Award sponsored by Pino Insurance Agency

Why

The Rochester Community Schools Foundation recognizes that the most valuable resource of the school district is the staff of individuals who interact with students and the community.  It is our desire to acknowledge the strength of those individuals whose exemplary commitment sets a standard of excellence in our district.

Who

Any employee of the district who has demonstrated exemplary performance towards improving the quality of teaching and learning or the overall environment of the school district is eligible.  Winners must be currently employed by the district.  Rochester Community Schools Foundation Board Members are not eligible to participate.

What

The Rochester Community Schools Foundation developed the Excellence in Education Award (EEA) to encourage outstanding efforts throughout the school district.  A $500 to $1,000 award will be granted to two or more employees for their efforts to improve the quality of education at Rochester Community Schools.  Award dollars are to be used to purchase materials or services to enhance a school district classroom, curriculum or facility. The award must be spent during the current school year or no later than one semester into the new school year.  This is a one-time only grant that is not renewable.

*The amount granted to the employee(s) is determined by the generous donation from Pino Insurance Agency.*

How

The process is simple.  Nominations may come from any person in the school or community.  In addition, you may nominate more than one employee and employees may nominate themselves for the award.  

The EEA Review Committee will review all submissions and select and surprise the award winners at their buildings in front of their peers and/or students in May.  

Please refer to the selection criteria when completing the nomination form. Please click here to complete the the nomination form or refer to the original e-mail sent to all community members, parents and staff.

Nominations and letters of recommendation are due to RCS Foundation by no later than Friday, March 25, 2022.  Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Winners are required to submit a letter detailing how they plan to spend their award.  Award recipients will be required to submit a final report by June 2023, detailing expenses and a narrative summary and pictures of how they spent the awarded grant.

Does your nominee meet the criteria?

Click below to submit a nomination form today!

Excellence in Education Nomination Form

REMINDER: Click below to review examples of how an employee might meet the criteria:

Criteria for Selection

Excellence in Education Award Recipients Excellence in Education Award Recipients

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  • Jeff Fosnaugh

    2021

    JEFF FOSNAUGH, biology teacher at Rochester High School, understands and empowers students with his attention to whole-child education. He is particularly good at meeting the needs of students who may be struggling in certain subjects or areas of their lives. Plus, he makes learning fun and interesting. Congratulations, Jeff for being honored with an Excellence in Education Award!

  • Linda Key

    2021

    LINDA KEY, Hart Middle School Secretary, was honored with an Excellence in Education Award for her unwaveringly dedication! An RCS parent said “The office is run so smoothly it doesn’t seem like a job. She treats everyone with respect and goes out of her way to make sure families have what they need so their students are successful.” Congratulations, Linda!

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    2021

    ELIZABETH LANG, is a teacher of transitional kindergarten. Just as importantly, she’s a student of play. She was honored with an Excellence in Education Award, after being nominated by multiple current and former colleagues and mentors who recognize her “profound dedication to pursuing young children’s rights to a wonder-filled, play-based education.” Congratulations, Elizabeth!

  • Julie Schmidt

    2021

    JULIE SCHMIDT, was honored with an Excellence in Education Award because “she goes out of her way to praise all students when they share their ideas, building confidence in all her children. Her kind and caring nature and excellent instructional techniques make her an exceptional educator.” Congratulations, Julie!

  • Amy DiCrecse

    2021

    AMY DICRESCE in community relations won an Excellence in Education Award for her “respectful, positive advocacy for RCS students.” One nominator described her as a “true example of how to unite everyone around her through kindness, grace and compassion.” Congratulations Amy!

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    2020

    DAVID UHRIG, band teacher at Rochester High School Falcons, won an Excellence in Education Award for his “commitment and drive for excellence, which promotes a solid work ethic and confidence in students.” Congratulations David!

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    2020

    ANDREA PIEJAK, music teacher at Long Meadow, creates a community of learners through her thorough knowledge of music and child development patterns. She was honored with an Excellence in Education Award for her “master teacher” skills. Ms. Piejak’s nominator said, “Her students practice, then perform for each other. They stop, listen and applaud their classmates’ work.” Congratulations Andrea!

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    2020

    AARON MIZE, from Stoney Creek High School, has been described as the “perfect example of the RCS strategic plan, embodied through a teacher.” For being an outstanding mentor, teacher and coach who always makes time to meet student needs, Mr. Mize has been honored with an Excellence in Education Award. Congratulations Aaron!

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    2020

    Wow! YINMING (AMY) WU, Chinese teacher for secondary grades, received EIGHT separate nominations for the Excellence in Education Award from parents, co-workers and students.

    Learning another language can be very difficult, but Ms. Wu has used movies, songs, cooking lessons, even field trips to a local Asian market to keep students engaged and having fun while learning. Congratulations Amy!

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    2020

    SHELBY DESJARDINS, has been honored with an Excellence in Education Award for going the extra mile and for transitioning students to remote learning with great care. As a teacher at Hugger Elementary, she makes a difference in the lives of her students and she helps families in this new learning environment. Congratulations Shelby!

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    2020

    MARY JANE COSGROVE, district technology facilitator, is an Excellence in Education Award winner! Her nominator said, “Mary Jane is truly an example of ideal customer service and a team player! She exhibits professionalism, whether she’s working with a classroom teacher, student, administrator or colleague.” Congratulations MJ!

For more information contact the RCS Foundation at foundation@rochester.k12.mi.us