Award Winners

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2016 Award Winners

State Educator of the Year:  

Rebecca Hartley of New Buffalo Middle School

Louis G Romano Scholarship Winner:  

Andrew Bean, Lincoln Park Middle School

Schools to Watch:  

Chattfield Middle School, Lapeer, MI

Boyd W. Arthurs Middle School, Trenton, MI

2015 Award Winners

MAMSE Hall Of Fame

Alice Seppenan

Administrator of the Year

Todd Robinson, Avondale Middle School

State Educator of the Year

Sara Schymick, Warren Woods Middle School

Promising Young Educator

Jessica Amburgey, Grass Lake Middle School

Finalist:  Jan Buchanan, Springport Middle School

2014 AWARD WINNERS

MAMSE HALL OF FAME

In recognition of outstanding contributions to those

who teach and learn at the middle level

The MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATORS

hereby inducts

Dr. Norma Bailey

into the MAMSE HALL OF FAME.

Teaching Team of the Year

State Winner: Melanie Dever & Amy Grant Mill Creek Middle School, Dexter Public Schools

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: David Schmittou, Milan Middle School

2013 AWARD WINNERS

Teaching Team of the Year

State Winner: Whitehall Middle School – Bobbi Friend, Lori Gripton, John Hanson, Vicky Malbouef, Terri Reid, Amy Urban

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: Catheryn Gross,  Farwell Middle School

2012 AWARD WINNERS

MAMSE HALL OF FAME

In recognition of outstanding contributions to those

who teach and learn at the middle level

The MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATORS

hereby inducts

BLAINE GOODRICH

into the MAMSE HALL OF FAME

The passion and commitment of Blaine Goodrich to students and staff “in the middle” has energized all who know him. His efforts to provide optimal advocacy, representation and service to those who teach and learn at the middle level are recognized statewide.
Blaine Goodrich has served the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators in many ways. Region 3 Board member 1994-2006, Legislative Committee chair, Life Member of MAMSE, MASSP liaison, and Executive Director 2006-2012. Blaine has mentored schools looking to implement middle level concepts, programs and practices. He has served on review panels for the MAMSE Journal, MAMSE Grants and MAMSE Awards. He has secured sponsorship monies for MAMSE programs. As a teacher, principal, curriculum director, school board member, Dean of Education and Human Services at Baker College, Blaine has always been an ambassador for the middle level.
He has a strong commitment to middle level youth and those adults who work to guide and teach them. He coordinated the planning of MAMSE’s annual conferences attended by hundreds of educators. He provided the MAMSE Board of Directors with the information needed to be a functioning policy board. As a presenter at conferences, he shared his expertise about the components of exemplary middle schools. Under his leadership, MAMSE strengthened collaborative efforts with the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, NCA, Save our Schools, Michigan Joint Education Conference, Schools to Watch, Michigan Association of School Boards, teacher education programs at various universities, private and independent schools, the state board of education, local boards of education and the state legislature.
Through these collaborative efforts, Blaine Goodrich showed his commitment to young adolescents. By influencing the educators in the classrooms in the state of Michigan via MAMSE programs and partnerships, Blaine Goodrich had the strong potential of impacting the lives of thousands of middle level youth, the profession and the community.
Blaine Goodrich was part of the golden age of middle schools. His dedication to advocating for middle level youth and those who serve them is appreciated and admired.


Parent of the Year

State Winner: April Gregorich, Warren Woods Middle School, Warren, Region 6

Educator of the Year

State Winner: Carl Zoolkoski, Oakview Middle School, Lake Orion, Region 7
Finalists

Kathryn McCalla, Beach Middle School, Chelsea, Region 2
Julie Miller, Laingsburg Middle School, Laingsburg, Region 8

Promising Young Educator of the Year

State Winner: Michelle Voelker, Warren Woods Middle School, Warren, Region 6

Teaching Team of the Year

State Winner: Warren Woods Middle School 6th grade team, Warren, Region 6: Stephanie Mahar, Melissa Johnson, Lauren Posluszny, Dana Elliott, Mindy Smith

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: Vaughn White, Shelby Middle School, Shelby, Region 12

Award of Distinction

Mary Gibson, The Secondary Teachers’ Store, Madison Heights MI

 

2011 AWARD WINNERS

 

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MAMSE HALL OF FAME

In recognition of outstanding contributions to those

who teach and learn at the middle level

The MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATORS

hereby inducts

SUZANNE LAPPIN

into the MAMSE HALL OF FAME

Suzanne Lappin is a well-known and respected middle level educator in Michigan. She is one of the leaders in the effort to offer professional development services to middle level educators in Michigan. As a past MAMSE Board member she has chaired the Regionalization, Consultant Services and Teacher Tips and Updates committees. Further, she has been a frequent conference presenter for MAMSE and NMSA and hosted a Region 6 drive in conference.
She was a classroom teacher for Van Dyke Public Schools in Warren for many years and was instrumental in implementing teaming. Besides teaching full time, Suzanne was also involved with Central Michigan University’s Michigan Schools in the Middle project.
Suzanne has mentored schools looking to implement middle level concepts, programs and practices. She has served on review panels for the MAMSE Journal, MAMSE Grants and MAMSE Awards. She has secured sponsorship monies for MAMSE programs.
Suzanne Lappin has impacted the lives of thousands of middle level youth, the profession and the community. She was part of the golden age of middle schools. Her dedication to advocating for middle level youth and those who serve them is appreciated and admired.

 

 

Educator of the Year

State Winner: Heath Nestle, Sheherd Middle School, Shephard, Region 11
Finalists

Kathy MacDonald, J.O. Strong Middle School Melvindale NAP, Region 1
Laura Sly, Shelby Middle School, Shelby, Region 12
Mary Myton, Sault Area Middle School, Sault Ste. Marie, Region 14

Promising Young Educator of the Year

State Winner: Jennifer Pleva, Oakview Middle School, Lake Orion, Region 7
Finalist

Megan Callahan, Sault Area Middle School, Sault Ste. Marie, Region 14

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: Troy Patterson, Woodworth Middle School, Dearborn, Region 1
Finalists

None

 

2010 AWARD WINNERS

MAMSE HALL OF FAME

In recognition of outstanding contributions to those

who teach and learn at the middle level

The MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATORS

hereby inducts

Dr. Peggy Gaskill

into the MAMSE HALL OF FAME

 

Dedicated, organized, collaborative, caring, creative and self assured are words used as a testimonial for granting Dr. Peggy Gaskill the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Hall of Fame Award.
Dr. Peggy Gaskill is a well-known and respected middle level educator in Michigan and the nation. She is one of the leaders in the effort to institute a separate teaching certificate for middle level teachers, is a past-president, board member, conference chairperson, and frequent conference presenter for MAMSE.
She was a faculty member at Central Michigan University and designed and implemented new middle level courses there. Education students have been inspired to teach at the middle level because of Dr. Gaskill’s encouragement.
Dr. Gaskill is responsible for acquiring a $905,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to implement the Michigan Schools in the Middle project to provide staff development for middle level educators and create the Center for Excellence in Middle Level Education, a major resource center for middle level educators in Michigan and the United States.
Dr. Gaskill consults regularly with Michigan middle level educators who are interested in adopting middle level concepts, programs, and practices and has been instrumental in forming a group of college and university staff around the state interested in developing undergraduate and graduate middle level degree programs.
Dr. Gaskill has served on the review panel for the National Middle School Association’s Research in Middle level Education Journal, has been designated by NMSA as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Folio Review Coordinator, served on the NMSA Research Committee and the NMSA Foundation Board and has made presentations at NMSA annual conferences.
Dr. Gaskill has impacted the lives of thousands of middle level youth, the profession and the community. She was part of the golden age of middle schools. Her dedication to advocating for middle level youth and those who serve them is appreciated and admired.


Parent of the Year

State Winner: Laura McKenzie and Elizabeth (Liz) Aslin, Mill Creek Middle School, Dexter, Region 2

Educator of the Year

State Winner: Penny Osborn, Lakeview Middle School, Battle Creek, Region 4
Finalists

Jason Morris, Beach Middle School, Chelsea, Region 2
Robert Woodard, Napoleon Middle School, Region 3
Alyssa Xydas, Oakview Middle School, Lake Orion, Region 7
Lori Duncan, White Pine Middle School, Saginaw Township, Region 11
Elaine Teall, Coopersville Middle School, Region 12

 

2009 AWARD WINNERS

Parent of the Year

State Winner: Lisa Gizzi, Dundee Middle School, Region 2
Finalists

Cari and Greg Berkobien, White Pine Middle School, Saginaw Township, Region 11

Educator of the Year

State Winner: Sara Johnson, White Pine Middle School, Saginaw Township, Region 11
Finalists

Ann Johnston, Napoleon Middle School, Region 3

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: Jami Bronson, Mill Creek Middle School, Dexter, Region 2
Finalists

None

Collegiate Educator of the Year

State Winner: Dr. Dwayne DeMedio, University of Toledo, Toledo, At Large Region
Finalists

None

Teaching Team of the Year

State Winner: None
Finalists

None

 

2008 AWARD WINNERS

Parent of the Year

State Winner: Mary Gleason, Oakview Middle School, Lake Orion, Region 7
Finalists

Diane Watches, Saline Middle School, Saline, Region 2
Mary Pino, Laingsburg Middle School, Laingsburg, Region 8

Educator of the Year

State Winner: Laura Erby, Saline Middle School, Saline, Region 2
State Winner: Joyce Lee, Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills, Region 7
Finalists

none

Teaching Team of the Year

State Winner: Jon Gray, Pam Craft, Mary Kuhn, George Stringer, Lindsay Eckert; 8 B Team – Waldon Middle School, Lake Orion, Region 7
Finalist

The Hillside Middle school Elective Team ( Vickie Kopistiansky, Bev Schellhase, Mike Rumbell, Greg Lanzi, Scott Wilson, Gary Gandolfi, Deana Grantham, Iain Burrell, Jackie Treganowan, Kristin Freemont, Andrea Scampa, Brett Pedersen, Angie Watts, Brad O’Neill, Sue Spaniol), Hillside Middle School, Northville, Region 1

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: Bonnie Eaves, White Pine Middle School, Saginaw Township, Region 11
Finalists

None

Collegiate Educator of the Year

State Winner: Dr. Ronald Williamson, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Region 2
Finalists

None

 

2007 AWARD WINNERS

MAMSE HALL OF FAME

In recognition of outstanding contributions to those

who teach and learn at the middle level

The MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATORS

hereby inducts

Dr. Thomas N. Barris

into the MAMSE HALL OF FAME

Dedicated, organized, collaborative, caring, creative and self assured are words used as a testimonial for granting Dr. Thomas N. Barris the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Hall of Fame Award.

Dr. Barris has served the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators in many ways: Region 11 Board of Director 1988 – 90; President-Elect 1990 – 91, President 1991 – 92; Past President 1992 – 93; Associate Executive Director 1993 – 95; Executive Director 1995 – 2006.

He has a strong commitment to middle level youth and those adults who work to guide and teach them. He was responsive to the fiscal health of the organization by analyzing and monitoring the budget and recommending sound investment and spending strategies. He coordinated the planning of MAMSE’s annual conferences attended by 700 – 1700 educators. He provided the MAMSE Board of Directors with the information needed to be a functioning policy board. As a presenter at national and state conferences, he shared his expertise about the components of exemplary middle schools. Under his leadership, MAMSE strengthened collaborative efforts with the National Middle School Association, Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, Kellogg Foundation Middle Start Initiative, Central Michigan University Michigan Schools in the Middle Project, and the Michigan Education Association Middle Level Public Relations Project. His professionalism is exceptional.

Through these collaborative efforts, Dr. Barris showed his commitment to professional development at the state and national level. By influencing the educators in the classrooms in the state of Michigan via MAMSE programs and partnerships, Dr. Barris had the strong potential of impacting the lives of thousands of middle level youth, the profession and the community.

Dr. Barris was part of the golden age of middle schools. His dedication to advocating for middle level youth and those who serve them is appreciated and admired.

Parent of the Year

State Winner: Marie Rund, Richmond Middle School, Richmond, Region 6
Finalist

Tonya Pluta, Springport Middle School, Springport, Region 3

Educator of the Year

State Winner: Catherine Campbell, Scarlett Middle School, Ann Arbor, Region 2
Finalists

Dave Anderson, Springport Middle School, Springport, Region 3
Krista Peters, Richmond Middle School, Richmond, Region 6
Shawn McGirr, Strong Middle School, Melvindale-Northern Allen Park, Region 1

Teaching Team of the Year

State Winner: Cheryl Bryson, Terri Houston, Kris Nolan; 6th grade team – Richmond Middle School, Richmond, Region 6
Finalists

None

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: Jim Benoit, Richmond Middle School, Richmond, Region 6
Finalists

None

Collegiate Educator of the Year

State Winner: None
Finalists

None

 

2006 AWARD WINNERS

Parent of the Year

State Winner: Bill Morrow, Forest Hills Middle School, Forest Hills, Region 9
State Winner: Ruthann Jaquette, Beagle Middle School, Grand Ledge, Region 8
Finalist
Amy Musary, Waldon Middle School, Lake Orion, Region 7

Educator of the Year

State Winner: George Dykstra, Forest Hills Central Middle School, Forest Hills, Grand Rapids, Region 9
Finalists

Donna DeWitt-Schnell, Waldon Middle School, Lake Orion, Region 7
Misti Leitelt, Perry Middle School, Perry, Region 8
Loren Edwards, Fremont Middle School, Fremont, Region 12

Teaching Team of the Year

State Winner: Matthew Lucas, Mary Scholz, Katherine Suender, Kim Anderson; Avondale Meadows Middle School, Avondale, Region 7
Finalists

None

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: Dennis Seppanen, Larson Middle School, Troy Schools, Region 7
Finalist

Timm Kelly, Richmond Middle School, Richmond Schools, Region 6

Collegiate Educator of the Year

State Winner: Jack Staron, Oakland University, Region 7
Finalists

None

 

2005 AWARD WINNERS

Parent of the Year

State Winner: None
Finalists
None

Educator of the Year

State Winner: Kathy Millar, West Intermediate, Mt. Pleasant Schools, Region 11
Finalists

Andrea Lappin-Roth, Lincoln Middle School, Van Dyke Schools, Region 6
Jill Wilson, Cantrick Middle School, Monroe Schools, Region 2
Louanne Scripter, Laingsburg Middle School, Laingsburg Schools, Region 8

Teaching Team of the Year

State Winner: Gloria Berger, Ben, Bracey, Jim Cromie, Wendy Darga, Jo Eisenhauer, Kristin Kowalski, Nancy O’Brien, Carol Pellafone, Shannon Spach; Hart Middle School, Rochester Schools, Region 7
Finalists

None

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: Heidi Kast, Waldon Middle School, Lake Orion Schools, Region 7
Finalists

None

Collegiate Educator of the Year

State Winner: None
Finalists

None

 

2004 AWARD WINNERS

Parent of the Year

State Winner: Claudette O’Connell, Larson Middle School, Troy, Region 7
Finalists
Kim Rawski, L’Anse Creuse Middle School East, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, Chesterfield Twp, Region 6
Deb Tison, Addison Middle School, Addison, Region 3

Educator of the Year

State Winner: Justin Spear, Malow Junior High, Utica Community Schools, Region 6
Finalists

Andrea Overmeyer, Addison Middle School, Addison, Region 3
Vikki Derrigan, Hart Middle School, Rochester, Region 7
Nancy Coleman, Hayes Middle School, Grand Ledge, Region 8
Paul Ten Eyck, Forest Hills Central Middle School, Grand Rapids, Region 9
Mandy Moseler, White Cloud Middle School, White Cloud, Region 12
Leta Corwin, Mackinaw Trail Middle School, Cadillac, Region 13
Jolene Hetherington, Mather Middle School, Munising, Region 14

Teaching Team of the Year

State Winner: Jessica Avery-Helwig, Connie Brigham, Susan DiRosa, Karen Kolasa; Mancelona Middle School, Mancelona Schools, Region 13
Finalists

Amy Burke, Rick VanderVeer, Jim Lee, Cheryl Gibbs, Christine McDonald, Jan Janigian, Burt Schwartz, Mitch VanOchten, Laurie Convery, Roy Hall; Hillside Middle School 8th grade Academic Team, Northville Schools, Region 7

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: Robert Trebilcock, Negaunee Middle School, Negaunee, Region 14
Finalists

None

Collegiate Educator of the Year

State Winner: None
Finalists

None

 

2003 AWARD WINNERS

 

Parent of the Year

State Winner: Ann Niemi, Ishpeming Middle School, Ishpeming, Region 14
Finalists

Trish Weaver, Cantrick Middle School, Monroe, Region 2
Shelly Vettes, Addison Middle School, Addison, Region 3
Lori Daggett, Lakeshore Middle School, Stevensville, Region 5
Kris Gallagher, Lowell Middle School, Lowell, Region 9

Educator of the Year

State Winner: Charlotte Poole, Lakeshore Middle School, Stevensville, Region 5
Finalists

Scott Hoppert, Cantrick Middle School, Monroe, Region 2
Lauri Rowley, Oak Valley Middle School, Commerce Twp., Region 7
Christy Grondin, Fulton Middle School, Middleton, Region 11
Cheryl Gustafson, Bothwell Middle School, Marquette, Region 14

Teaching Team of the Year

State Winner: Kim Muncie, Mike Weingarden, Mario Inchaustegui, Carla Howe, Nargis Pasricha; Orchard Lake Middle School, West Bloomfield, Region 7
Finalists

Gina Urban, Kristi Buschlen, Steve Adler, Barb Lange, Suzanne Onken; Lakeshore Middle School, Stevensville, Region 5
Niki Chatman, Donna Eberle, Kerry LaLone, Sarah Pierson, Judy White; Cerryland Middle School, Elk Rapids, Region 13

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: Bill Shepard, Lakeshore Middle School, Stevensville, Region 5
Finalists

Robert Bean, Chippewa Middle School, Port Huron, Region 6
Derrick Fries, Avondale Middle School, Rochester Hills, Region 7

Collegiate Educator of the Year

State Winner: Mary Campbell, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Region 3
Finalist

Dr. Pat Williams-Boyd, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Region 2

 

2002 AWARD WINNERS

 

Parent of the Year

State Winner: Becky Raut, Western Middle School, Parma, Region 3
Finalist

Deborah Biggers, West Middle School, Rochester Hills, Region 7

Educator of the Year

State Winner: Julie King, Edwardsburg Middle School, Edwardsburg, Region 5
Finalists

Robert Lillie, Tappan Middle School, Ann Arbor, Region 2
Claudia Doughty, O.E. Dunckel Middle School, Farmington Hills, Region 7
Mary Meyer, Forest Hills Central Middle School, Grand Rapids, Region 9
Penny Letts, Harbor Beach Middle School, Harbor Beach, Region 11
Suanne Trebilcock, Negaunee Middle School, Negaunee, Region 14

Teaching Team of the Year

State Winner: Heather Allan, Diane Kohn, Michael Kopec, Amy Thornton: Avondale Middle School, Rochester Hills, Region 7
Finalists

Vicki Juback, Amy Grant; Mill Creak Middle School; Dexter; Region 2
Mary Patzer, Bonnie Fillwock, Wendy Nielsen,JudyThomas; Lakeshore Middle School, Stevensville, Region 5
Janice Bertucci, Heidi Heikkila, Craig Goff, Diane DeMilio; C. L. Phelps Middle School, Ishpeming, Region 14

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: Evelyn Shirk, Mill Creek Middle School, Dexter, Region 2
Finalists

Susan Christy-Janik, Carleton Middle School, Sterling Heights, Region 6
Susan Sonye, Avondale Meadows, Rochester Hills, Region 7
Karl Pilar, Cedar Springs Middle School, Cedar Springs, Region 9
James Landfair, Mather Middle School, Munising, Region 14

 

2001 AWARD WINNERS

 

Parent of the Year

State Winner: Janine Johns And Patricia Niepoth, C.L. Phelps Middle School, Ishpeming , Region 14
Finalists

Deb Peterson, Michelle Rogotzke and Deborah Teller, Lincoln Middle School, Ypsilanti, Region 2
Sharon Putman, Hanover-Horton Middle School, Horton, Region 3
Colleen Stover, Marine City Middle School, Marine City, Region 6
Diana Schaefer, Cherryland Middle School, Elk Rapids, Region 13A

Educator of the Year

State Winner: Kirk Parkhurst, Freemont Middle School, Freemont, Region 12
Finalists

Sandra Blomquist, Clarkston Middle School, Clarkston, Region 7
Shelly Young, East Grand Rapids Middle School, East Grand Rapids, Region 9
Christy Grondin, Fulton Middle School, Middleton, Region 11
Ellen Thompson, Grayling Middle School, Grayling, Region 13B
Judy Mattson, Aspen Ridge Middle School, Ishpeming, Region 14

Collegiate Educator of the Year

State Winner: Norma Bailey, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Region 11

Teaching Team of the Year

State Winner: Steve Koponene, Jerry Morrissey, Ninette Soares, O.E. Dunckel Middle School, Farmington, Region 7
Finalists

Deborah Holland, Michelle Nowicki, Amy Walton, Pamela Young, Marine City Middle School, Marine City, Region 6
Sue Gutierrez, Charlie Vonk, Roxanne Gallert, Mark Mainero, Forest Hills Central Middle School, Grand Rapids, Region 9
Joan Farkas, Joel Mikusko, Sandy Collinson, Bob Ribble, Jefferson Middle School, Midland, Region 11
Julie Riggs, Jenise Donnelly, Jennifer Jura, Amanda Bultema, Brethern Middle School, Brethern, Region 13
Carole Turner, Joseph Pelkoloa, Patricia Ryan, Dennie Korpi, Denise Carlson, Dean Dompierre, Patti Rice, Kathy Bleau, Margaret Sullivan, C. L. Phleps Middle School, Ishpeming, Region 14

Administrator of the Year

State Winner: Christine Jackson, Western Middle School, Parma, Region 3
Finalists

Eric Lindsay Carlson, Gerisch Middle School, Southgate, Region 1
Eugene Seaborn, East Middle School, Farmington Hills, Region 7
Bruce Vorce, Forest Hills Central Middle School, Grand Rapids, Region 9
Mike Murray, Traverse City East Junior High, Traverse City, Region 13A
Mrs. K. Doniel Pummell, Grayling Middle School, Grayling, Region 13B