Three Utica Community Schools educators were honored for driving instruction every day in Utica Community Schools. The district recently recognized the UCS Teachers of the Year at a special celebration on March 23.
“The educators we are honoring this year reflect the creativity, dedication, innovation and commitment of our entire teaching staff,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said.
The 2018 UCS Teachers of the Year are: Michelle Brasza of West Utica Elementary School for Elementary Teacher of the Year; Jeffery Groth of Malow Junior High School for Junior High School and UCS Teacher of the Year; and Justin Spear of Utica Academy of International Studies for High School Teacher of the Year.
Local businesses and community members joined UCS administrators at the awards program. As part of the celebration, Groth was recognized as the overall Teacher of the Year for Utica Community Schools. Groth was surprised with a free vehicle lease of a new car courtesy of Suburban Ford.
“Our program of rewarding outstanding teachers is our way of showing our gratitude to the dedicated individuals who contribute so much to the development of our children,” said David Fischer, Jr., General Manager of The Suburban Collection.
Fischer added: “We feel very fortunate that our organization has been able to provide a special thank you for the past fifteen years for the exemplary efforts of teachers in the communities in which we do business.”
Groth took to social media to thank his supporters after the award ceremony. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude with so many congratulations. I want everyone to know that we all make an impact in our lives and careers,” Groth said. “I could not be the person I am today without your influence you have made in my life.”
State Rep Peter Lucido was also on hand for the awards ceremony. “It was such an honor to present tributes to these great educators!” Lucido said. “Utica Community Schools delivery quality education to our students!”