Huron County Teacher Wins 2019 Educator of the Year Award and $10,000 Prize from the Michigan Lottery’s Excellence in Education Program
A Huron County trainer has gained the 2019 Educator of the Year award and a $10,000 prize from the Michigan Lottery’s Excellence in Education program, the Lottery introduced lately.
The award winner, Stewart Kieliszewski, teaches Earth science, biology, mechatronics, and media for 8th thru 12 graders at the Ubly Community Schools. He additionally coaches monitor.
Kieliszewski is understood for running tirelessly to supply scholars with amusing, hands-on studying reports, similar to two a hit robotics techniques and elevating price range to shop for a three-D printer for technology-related experiments.
The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence in Education awards in 2014 to acknowledge remarkable public college educators throughout the state throughout the college 12 months. Winners of the weekly award obtain a plaque, a $1,500 money prize, and a $500 grant to their study room, college or college district. Each winner is also featured in a information section on the Lottery’s media spouse stations: WXYZ-TV in Detroit, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, FOX 47 in Lansing, and WNEM-TV in Saginaw.
Each 12 months, one of the weekly winners is chosen as the Educator of the Year and receives a $10,000 prize.
The Michigan Lottery introduced Kieliszewski with the award Wednesday evening at the Ubly faculties honors meeting.
“I’m just awestruck. I can’t believe out of all the teachers in Michigan that I was selected for this award. It’s a great honor. I’m about six feet tall, but walking out of here tonight, I’m going to feel like I’m eight feet tall,” Kieliszewski stated.
“I think that I’m going to get a lot more invitations to graduation parties this year,” he quipped as he authorized the $10,000 prize in entrance a cheering crowd of scholars, folks, and different educators.
The main of the Ubly High School and Ubly Junior High School, Jeremy Warner, stated Kieliszewski deserved the praise to acknowledge his efficiency as an educator for almost 3 many years.
“He has built the robotics and mechatronics programs from scratch in our school, continues to coach athletics, and is a highly effective teacher. It seems that one person wouldn’t be able to accomplish all these things, but Stew is always at the school working with students and parents. It is very common for him to be here into the late hours of the night, on weekends, and even snow days!” Warner stated.
“He continually pushes the students to do their best while supporting them and building a great rapport with them.”
More than 500 educators from throughout the state have been nominated for an Excellence in Education weekly award throughout the 5th 12 months of the program and 34, together with Kieliszewski, have been decided on to win a weekly award.
Previous winners of the Educator of the Year award have been:
2018 – Kerri Moccio, a primary grade literacy intervention specialist at Bedford Elementary School in Dearborn Heights.
2017 – Linda Holzwarth, a social research trainer at Portage West Middle School in Portage.
2016 – Daniel Carr, a Spanish and sports activities advertising and marketing trainer at Waverly High School in Lansing.
2015 – Michael Craig, a distinct training trainer at the Charles Drew Transition Center in Detroit.
Kieliszewski stated that his favourite phase of being an educator is “working with young people and being around all the energy that they have. My days are never the same. Each day brings new experiences and challenges.”
He stated that his scholars inspire him to do his very best each day. “I feel it’s my duty to provide as many educational experiences as possible for my students. Although our school is in a rural area, I feel it’s important to provide my students the same experiences that get in larger schools.”
The father of two former scholars and a volunteer for the Ubly FIRST Robotics group nominated Kieliszewski for the Excellence in Education award, announcing Kieliszewski “is an individual who is supposed to be a trainer. He has a way of wonderment and enthusiasm for studying that excites and motivates the scholars. He talks to the scholars as folks, now not as youngsters that know not up to him. Walking down the college hallways, he’s regularly greeted by means of scholars with smiles on their faces. He has been voted ‘Teacher of the Year’ by means of the Ubly High School scholars repeatedly.
“Even although I’ve owned companies for 27 years, running 55 to 60 hours per week, it nonetheless astounds me how a lot power, enthusiasm and time Stew places into his scholars and after college actions.
“Stewart has developed a group of dedicated mentors for the robotics program and all of us look up to him. We all know he will be honest and do the right thing for us and the students. The students know they can trust him. We all also know that he is just a phone call, text, or email away if we need him,” the nomination stated.
“Over the previous two years, Stew has helped broaden a VEX robotics program at Ubly faculties. VEX supplies kits corresponding to Erector units to assist introduce more youthful scholars to the global of aggressive robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) ideas.
“I am also happy to report that Ubly has more girls than boys involved in these programs, partly because of how comfortable they are with Stewart,” he wrote, including Kieliszewski teaches scholars sensible lifestyles abilities similar to “the way to use hand and energy gear, measuring with calipers, the use of voltage testers and multi-meters, soldering, the way to do space wiring, and a lot more.
“A pair of years in the past, he carried out for and gained a grant to buy a three-D printer for the college. Over the previous couple of years, he has purchased 3 just about equivalent Craftsman band saws. Two of them had the identical non-functioning phase, which was once not to be had from Sears. Stewart took the just right phase off of the 3rd one and had his scholars reproduce it with the three-D printer, appearing them the way to drawback remedy with expertise.
“I recently stopped by his house, and in his garage he was mounting a toilet on a wooden frame with a tank under it, with a small pump to recirculate water. He planned on teaching ‘Toilet Technology’ to his class! Seriously, how many teachers would think of (or be willing) to do THAT?”
The nomination stated that Kieliszewski additionally teaches a media elegance. “As phase of that, he attends many carrying occasions, band live shows, college performs and almost about each and every different college job, serving to his scholars discover ways to use the recording and lighting fixtures apparatus in real-life eventualities. Plus, he’s a replace bus driving force, every now and then riding routes at the remaining minute, sooner than or after college.
“Stewart is a juggernaut of positive energy that any school would be proud to have.”
Kieliszewski, earned a bachelor of science stage from Central Michigan University and a grasp’s stage in tutorial management from Saginaw Valley State University. He has been an educator for 27 years, the remaining 25 with the Ubly Community Schools.
Excellence in Education award nominees are evaluated on the following standards:
- Excellence – Their paintings constantly is helping scholars and/or their faculties or college districts advance to raised ranges of educational success.
- Dedication – They constantly cross above and past expectancies to assist scholars be successful.
- Inspiration – Their paintings evokes others round them to exceed expectancies both academically or professionally.
- Leadership – They reveal transparent management abilities in their positions with their college or college districts.
- Effectiveness – The nominee’s paintings has transparent and sure effects on the tutorial development of scholars inside the college or college district.