Surprised, Honored, Emotional and Appreciative.
All of these are emotions felt by three educators chosen as Huron Valley Schools’ Teachers of the Year for the 2022-2023 school year.
Superintendent Paul Salah, their principals and several board members surprised the teachers in front of their classrooms recently with the special recognition announcement.
Jamie Page, a third-grade teacher at Highland Elementary, is the elementary level Teacher of the Year.
“Ms. Page is always going out of her way to find fun and exciting ways to reach all learners in her classroom,” said Highland Elementary Principal Tricia Campbell.
Page’s husband and family helped the district surprise her by attending with bouquets of flowers for her.
Kelly Haas has been chosen the Huron Valley Schools Teacher of the Year for the middle school level. Haas teaches 6th grade Social Studies; 8th grade ELA and is the Web Leadership and National Junior Honor Society co-sponsor at Oak Valley Middle School.
Oak Valley Principal Shawn Durso says,” Oak Valley Middle School would not be what it is today without Mrs.Haas. She sets high expectations for her students and herself. She is an innovator who is truly dedicated to provide the best to our staff, students and families.”
The Huron Valley Schools high school level Teacher of the Year is Anne Zambito from Harbor High School. Zambito teaches English, Language Arts and Video Production. Zambito has been teaching for 16 years.
“She builds strong, lasting connections with her students, and she uses these relationships to motivate them towards their future goals, ” said Harbor High Principal Ben Dowker. “Without these relationships and a relentless passion for what she does, countless Harbor High students would have slipped by without success.”
Teachers of the Year are eligible to become Oakland County Teachers of the Year at their grade level. The county awards are announced in May.
“Congratulations to all of these teachers and their well-deserved honors. We have so many wonderful teachers in the Huron Valley School district that we love to see them get recognition such as this,” said Salah.