Local Teachers Recognized at OEF Banquet

Local Teachers Recognized at OEF Banquet

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP - The Okemos Education Foundation held a banquet on Nov. 21 for local teachers and volunteers.

The Okemos Education Foundation supports Okemos Schools by recognizing teachers each year for their outstanding performance.

The following recipients were recognized this year:

-Lynn Atkins, Special Education Teacher at Kinawa 5-6 School (retired)

-Lee Ballor, Math/Science Teacher at Chippewa 7-8 School

-Nichole Berridge, Response to Intervention Coach at Cornell Elementary School

-Karen Canestraight, Science Teacher at Okemos High School

-Ingrid Yarbrough, 4th Grade Teacher at Hiawatha Elementary School (retired)

-Catherine Hickey, Risk Aide at Hiawatha Elementary School

-Kathy Maki, Library Media Computer Specialist at Hiawatha Elementary School

-Christine Burgess and Cari Thomas, Uniform Committee Chairs for the Okemos High School Marching Band

These teachers were recognized for going above and beyond and those who have not retired yet, have been awarded $1,000 to spend on school-related materials.

Lee Ballor, Math and Science Teacher at Chippewa Middle School, said she plans to use her award for more instructional books with ideas and hands-on activities.

"I also want to look into some problem solving activities and some fraction manipulative bars and things for my kids to use this year," Ballor added.

The event was held at the Country Club of Lansing and guests started to arrive at 5:30 p.m.

The recipients and family members were served dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the recognition began shortly after.

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