Two Michigan 'Teachers of the Year' are From Rochester

A media specialist and a science teacher were recently honored for their achievements.

Two Rochester Community Schools teachers were recently honored by school leaders for being named "teacher of the year" in their fields.  

Monica Harvey from Hart Middle School has been recognized as the Michigan Middle School Science Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Science Teachers Association.

Julie Harris from Rochester High School has been recognized as the Michigan School Librarian of the Year by the Michigan Association of Media in Education.  

Both teachers were honored at a recent Board of Education meeting.

Rochester High Principal Charles Rowland described Harris as knowledgeable and cooperative.

"I've never heard her say 'no,'" Rowland said. "Julie can be counted on to bring her positive, can-do attitude to any task she takes on."

Hart Principal Rachel Guinn said Harvey was recognized by her peers for having a mastery for her curriculum and for a teaching repertoire that has served as a model in the district.

Harvey has a "what's-mine-is-yours" philosophy, Guinn said, and is constantly sharing her knowledge and idea with other teachers. 

Rochester Superintendent Tresa Zumsteg congratulated the teachers. "When you think of all of the teachers in the state of Michigan and for Rochester to have two of them ... it's a very big deal," Zumsteg said.

Paul Sprague November 26, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Amen. Congratulations to these teachers! I agree with Dorothy as well. We may lose the autonomy of our school systems if shell game artists like Mike Reno and friends have their way. Follow the money Rochester.
Kristin Bull November 26, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Congrats to both of these teachers. Dorothy has posted a separate piece here on Patch about the pending legislation. Feel free to share your opinions here: http://patch.com/B-cB86 The meetings next Monday are, indeed, open to the public.
Dorothy November 26, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Might I ask why Patch isn't covering this? There is no way I would trust Snyder or any other administration with this much power and authority over my local school. MI did repeal the Emergency Manager law you know.
Involved Parent November 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Keeping it classy, Mr. Sprague. You were able to get off topic as well as insult someome in just a few sentences. You did it on an news story supposed to praise teachers. Nice.
Debbie Grimes December 02, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Congratulations to both teachers! I have two children who were both blessed to have had Mrs. Harvey for science at Hart Middle School. I commend the decision makers on this award! Mrs. Harvey cares about her students, as individuals. She brings enormous passion and energy to her field and craft, modeling life-long learning for students. The kids feel her commitment and are eager to please her, concentrating on achieving the high goals she places before them. Additionally, she is excellent at keeping parents in the loop. Mrs. Harvey accomplishes all of this with the most positive attitude and good humor!


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