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Two candidates for Michigan Teacher of the Year are local

Posted at 3:35 PM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 15:35:37-04

Teacher of the Year nominations have been announced and two are from the mid-Michigan area.

Robyne Murray from Lansing Eastern and Bobbiesue Adams from Fowlerville Junior High School.

Although just one teacher will be picked to be the Teacher of the Year, all ten educators will serve on the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council.

Teachers were narrowed down from more than 430 nominees. Staff members, students and members of the community took part in nominating the teachers.

They will be interviewed on April 18 and 19 by a panel of statewide education stakeholders who will determine the Michigan Teacher of the Year.

The 10 teachers are:

Region 1: Gina Pepin, a reading specialist and literacy coach for the Escanaba Area Public Schools

Region 2: Kymberli Wregglesworth, who teaches history at Onaway High School in Onaway Area Community Schools

Region 3: Wendy Tenney, a music teacher at Lowell High School in Lowell Area Schools

Region 4: James Goodspeed, who teaches English and history at Fulton High School in Fulton Public Schools

Region 5: Karen Nicol, an elementary teacher at Marlette Elementary Schools in Marlette Community Schools

Region 6: Robyne Murray, who teaches English, language arts, and history at Lansing Eastern High School in the Lansing School District

Region 7: Laura Chang, an elementary teacher at Sunset Lake Elementary in the Vicksburg Community Schools

Region 8: Bobbiesue Adams, who teaches mathematics and physical science at Fowlerville Junior High School in Fowlerville Community Schools

Region 9: Thomas Torrento, director of bands for Van Dyke Public Schools

Region 10: Courtney Valentine, who teaches mathematics at the Detroit International Academy of Young Women in Detroit Public Schools Community District

“We have outstanding teachers across this great state and we want to recognize their regional impact and benefit from their experiences,” said State Superintendent Brian Whiston. “This brings a broad perspective to improving teaching and learning in all Michigan classrooms.”