Events and Recognition

We are proud to host events that celebrate and challenge Oakland County students, teachers and support staff.

Teacher of the Year

For 30 years, Oakland Schools has recognized exemplary Oakland County public school district teachers in three categories: Elementary, Middle School and High School.


Each district may submit one nominee in each category. Awards are presented to honor and reward Oakland county teachers who have achieved, through their effort and example, the highest standards of excellence in their profession.

All nominees are celebrated and one winner in each category receives a check for $2,000.

Nominate a Teacher


  • Nominees must be certified, full-time teachers in grades Kindergarten through twelve, who are employed in a public school in Oakland County.

  • Nominees must have a minimum of five (5) full years of classroom teaching experience.


  • This year's nomination process will begin in December 2018
  • Nominations will be due to Oakland Schools in February 8, 2019
  • Winners will be announced via surprise classroom visit in late March 2019
  • The recognition event for all nominees will take place at Oakland Schools on May 2, 2019
  • Questions regarding the program or event? Email Jessica Walsh

Additional Information


The Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards are presented annually to honor and reward  Oakland County teachers who have achieved, through their effort and example, the highest standards of excellence in their profession. Oakland Schools has created these awards out of a conviction that a quality public education system is essential to the health and vitality of our community. We believe that encouraging excellence in education is the shared responsibility of all who reap its benefits.

The Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award program began in 1987, sponsored by Newsweek and WDIV. This sponsorship continued until 2002. Since then various organizations have sponsored the event including The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit Newspapers, Comerica, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), the Oakland County Credit Union and the Oakland Schools Education Foundation.

Selection process

All eligible nominations are reviewed and screened by a committee comprised of representatives from Oakland Schools, education referent groups, parent groups, and the community.

There are nine judges on the committee (three judges for each category).

Judges score each nominee and award points over six content areas plus testimonials from colleagues, parents and students. In each category, the nominee receiving the most total points is named the Teacher of the Year for that grade level.


The Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award program coordinators visit the schools of the winning teachers to make a surprise announcement.

All nominees and their guests are invited to a special program at Oakland Schools (2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford) on May 2, 2019 to be recognized for their special achievement.

The three winners each receive $2,000 from the Oakland Schools Education Foundation at this event.

Program and Event Contacts
Jessica Walsh

Oakland Schools Scripps Regional Spelling Bee

The Oakland Schools Scripps Regional Spelling Bee will take place on February 23, 2019.

Oakland Schools and the Oakland Schools Education Foundation is proud to once again bring to your students the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program. 

The champion of the Oakland Schools Scripps Regional Spelling Bee will represent our county in the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C.


The event is now named the Oakland Schools Scripps Regional Spelling Bee. 

Late in 2017, executives at The Oakland Press announced they would be unable to continue sponsorship of the event, which the company had been overseeing for 22 years.

“We understand the importance of the event and wanted to keep it going,” said Oakland Schools Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson.

in 2017, over 80 elementary and middle school students from all over Oakland County competed in the Bee.

The winner receives a trophy and an automatic invite to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Support Person of the Year Award

Formerly Betty Campion Award

This award, established in 1990, is a tribute to Betty Campion, a former Oakland Schools (1978-1992) and Walled Lake Board of Education (10 years) trustee, and recognizes four winners from those nominated for the honor (one in each quadrant of Oakland County).

Thank you Oakland Schools Education Foundation for funding and sponsoring this event.


Candidates must be employed in a support position in a local district – transportation, maintenance, custodial, office personnel, food services, or professional support to teachers (including para-educators).

The winners will each receive a $500 cash award from the Oakland Schools Education Foundation and framed certificate of recognition which will be presented at their local board of education meeting in May or June.

Financial support for the Betty Campion award is provided by the Oakland Schools Education Foundation.

Please note: There is a limit of one nomination per district.

Scholarships for Success Awards

(formerly Tomorrow's Talent Today)

In 1991, a partnership began between Oakland Schools and DENSO International to fund scholarships for students attending Oakland Schools Technical Campuses.

More than $390,000 has been given to students in engineering and technical studies programs who have not only been outstanding scholars, but leaders in and out of the classroom.


Now known as the Scholarships for Success Awards Program, scholarships will range between $500 and $7,500 and will apply to the 2017-2018 academic year.

Scholarship awards are based on interest and participation in Career Technical Education, academic achievement and career goals. Successful applicants may use the scholarship funds at any accredited, post-secondary institution, trade school or apprenticeship program.

In April 2017, OSEF held the first Scholarships for Success gala dinner to raise funds to support this program. Last year's gala was held on April 19, 2018 at Tam O'Shanter Country Club.

Students who were awarded a scholarship were honored on February 26, 2018 at an awards breakfast held at Oakland Schools.

Michigan Green Schools Program

The Michigan Green Schools Program encourages public and private schools to participate in environmentally friendly and energy savings activities.

Learn more!

Visit the Michigan Green Schools page