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25 teachers received Kalamazoo Promise You Make a Difference Award

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25 teachers received Kalamazoo Promise You Make a Difference Award.

The Kalamazoo Promise recognized dozens of local teachers and staff who have made a lasting impact on students.

The annual You Make a Difference awards got underway at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Western Michigan University Fetzer Center.

Von Washington Jr., The Kalamazoo Promise executive director for community relations, said in a release, “For his event, we want to recognize those truly extraordinary individuals who make our schools places where our children can learn to succeed and prepare to take advantage of the Kalamazoo Promise. The You Make a Difference Award is about honoring those who demonstrate a high level of commitment and excellence to their students.”

Each of the 27 schools in the Kalamazoo Public Schools was asked to select one person to receive honors.

The winners of the 2018 You Make a Difference Awards:

  • Alfredo Aleman, Arcadia Elementary School.
  • Gina Bonebrake, Kalamazoo Central High School.
  • Karen Brooks, King Westwood Elementary School.
  • Kathy Dahl, Winchell Elementary School.
  • Jen DeWaele, Woodward School for Technology and Research.
  • Norma Dozeman, Greenwood Elementary School.
  • Shona Espinoza, Parkwood Upjohn Elementary School.
  • Amy Followell, El Sol Elementary School.
  • Matthew Gorton, Kalamazoo Innovative Learning Program.
  • Jim Horn, Milwood Elementary School.
  • Hania Hussein, Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts.
  • Stacy Jackson, Edison Environmental Science Academy.
  • Yolanda Kirk, Washington Writers’ Academy.
  • Pam Landis, Loy Norrix High School.
  • Brandon Lukes, Middle School Alternative Learning Program.
  • Deb McCulloch, Northglade Montessori Magnet School.
  • Latasha McKinney, Lincoln International Studies School.
  • Jill Medema, Spring Valley Center for Exploration.
  • Kevin Moore, Hillside Middle School.
  • Judy Morin, Northeastern Elementary School.
  • Shannon Parlato, Woods Lake Elementary School
  • Stephanie Perry, Linden Grove Middle School.
  • April Rocco, Milwood Magnet School.
  • Sara Stephan, Indian Prairie Elementary School.
  • Sue Valler, Phoenix High School

Nearly 5,000 students have benefited from the Promise since the creation in 2005.The Kalamazoo Promise recognized dozens of local teachers and staff who have made a lasting impact on students.

The annual You Make a Difference awards got underway at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Western Michigan University Fetzer Center.

Von Washington Jr., The Kalamazoo Promise executive director for community relations, said in a release, “For his event, we want to recognize those truly extraordinary individuals who make our schools places where our children can learn to succeed and prepare to take advantage of the Kalamazoo Promise. The You Make a Difference Award is about honoring those who demonstrate a high level of commitment and excellence to their students.”

Each of the 27 schools in the Kalamazoo Public Schools was asked to select one person to receive honors.

The winners of the 2018 You Make a Difference Awards:

Alfredo Aleman, Arcadia Elementary School.

Gina Bonebrake, Kalamazoo Central High School.

Karen Brooks, King Westwood Elementary School.

Kathy Dahl, Winchell Elementary School.

Jen DeWaele, Woodward School for Technology and Research.

Norma Dozeman, Greenwood Elementary School.

Shona Espinoza, Parkwood Upjohn Elementary School.

Amy Followell, El Sol Elementary School.

Matthew Gorton, Kalamazoo Innovative Learning Program.

Jim Horn, Milwood Elementary School.

Hania Hussein, Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts.

Stacy Jackson, Edison Environmental Science Academy.

Yolanda Kirk, Washington Writers’ Academy.

Pam Landis, Loy Norrix High School.

Brandon Lukes, Middle School Alternative Learning Program.

Deb McCulloch, Northglade Montessori Magnet School.

Latasha McKinney, Lincoln International Studies School.

Jill Medema, Spring Valley Center for Exploration.

Kevin Moore, Hillside Middle School.

Judy Morin, Northeastern Elementary School.

Shannon Parlato, Woods Lake Elementary School

Stephanie Perry, Linden Grove Middle School.

April Rocco, Milwood Magnet School.

Sara Stephan, Indian Prairie Elementary School.

Sue Valler, Phoenix High School

Nearly 5,000 students have benefited from the Promise since the creation in 2005.