Eaton County Educator Wins Excellence in Schooling Award from the Michigan Lottery


Kellie Jo West holding $2,000 Excellence in Education checkAn Eaton County educator identified for instructing to her college students’ wants has been honored with an Excellence In Schooling award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Kellie Jo West, is a third-grade instructor at Winans Elementary. The college is a part of the Waverly Neighborhood College District.

The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence In Schooling awards in 2014 to acknowledge excellent public-school educators throughout the state throughout the college yr.

Winners of the weekly award obtain a $2,000 money prize. On the finish of the college yr, one of many weekly award winners might be chosen to obtain the Lottery’s Educator of the 12 months award and can obtain a $10,000 money prize.

Every winner is also featured in a information phase on the Lottery’s media accomplice stations: WXYZ-TV in Detroit, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, FOX 47 in Lansing, WNEM-TV in Saginaw, and WWTV-TV in Traverse Metropolis. The information phase that includes West will air this night.

West says she was in elementary college when she was drawn to pursue schooling as a profession.

“I keep in mind being drawn to the thought of being a instructor manner again after I was in elementary college. It was all the time very clear in my thoughts that this was my path. I had inspiring academics that made me really feel particular and succesful. I feel working to be that particular person for others was interesting to me. I by no means thought-about doing anything. The purpose for me has all the time been and continues to be to make a distinction within the lives of my college students. I consider that information (schooling) is vital to serving to us develop people that can make our neighborhood and the world a greater place. Having the chance to assist nourish minds and nurture character is each a accountability and a blessing. I proceed to be a part of this occupation as a result of I consider I can nonetheless make a distinction. Extra importantly, I nonetheless really feel outfitted to take action.”

Connecting on a private degree together with her college students is West’s favourite a part of her day.

“One in every of my favourite instances within the classroom occurs proper at first of the day. It is a chance to attach with college students and have discussions that don’t all the time have a tutorial focus. I attempt to greet all my college students as they enter. We’ve got discussions about their afterschool actions, hobbies, and household. Most of all it offers me a primary have a look at how they’re appearing and feeling. Typically I’ve music enjoying at the moment, however typically it’s only a time of connecting. I typically get to see my college students from the earlier years throughout arrival. I really like these smiles and morning hugs as they cease by. I really like that they really feel comfy coming again to see me.”

West was nominated for the award by the dad or mum of a former pupil.

“My daughter got here into Ms. West’s class properly under grade degree, and due to Ms. West’s encouragement and assist, she is now a bit above grade degree. Ms. West treats her college students as people and teaches to their wants. She is heat and type to each college students and oldsters. She offers mother and father the instruments wanted to assist college students at house and commonly contacts mother and father with progress.”

West earned a bachelor’s diploma from Saint Mary’s Faculty in Notre Dame, Ind., and a grasp’s diploma from Michigan State College. She has labored in schooling for 29 years, the final six in her present place.

Excellence in Schooling award nominees are evaluated on the next standards:

  • Excellence – Their work constantly helps college students and/or their faculties or college districts advance to increased ranges of educational achievement.
  • Dedication – They constantly go above and past expectations to assist college students succeed.
  • Inspiration – Their work conjures up others round them to exceed expectations both academically or professionally.
  • Management – They display clear management expertise of their positions with their college or college districts.
  • Effectiveness – The nominee’s work has clear and constructive outcomes on the tutorial development of scholars throughout the college or college district.

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