Sheri Stuart

Director of Communication Services

Mark Edwards

Communications Specialist

Press Release
For Immediate Release

Oakland County’s Top Educators Honored at Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony

Local area teachers, community leaders gather at Flagstar Strand Theatre for premiere celebration

Oakland Schools together with the Oakland Schools Education Foundation (OSEF) honored the County’s top educators at the Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony. The event was held Wednesday, May 4 at the Flagstar Strand Theatre in Pontiac, MI.

Educators from Oakland County’s 28 school districts are nominated every year to receive the coveted Teacher of the Year distinction. The nominees are then screened by a selection committee, which includes representatives from Oakland Schools, education referent groups, and the community.

Judges score each nominee based on application content and testimonials from colleagues, parents, and students. In each grade level (elementary, middle, and high school) a winner is selected. This year, 55 teachers were nominated: 23 elementary, 17 middle, and 15 high school.

The 2022 winners are:

Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Roberta Lusk, Ferndale Upper Elementary School.
Middle School Teacher of the Year, Mackenzie Curl, Holly Middle School.
High School Teacher of the Year, Julie Martinez, Lamphere High School.

Principals from the winners' respective schools delivered congratulatory remarks and presented each teacher with an award certificate and plaque. The three winners were also presented with a $2,000 check from OSEF and the main event sponsor, Vibe Credit Union.

“This is a special time of year where we are privileged to celebrate so many deserving teachers for the work they perform as they serve every student every day,” said Oakland Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson. “These fantastic educators represent a small sample size of the high-quality instruction that is consistently delivered across Oakland County.”

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter delivered the keynote address.

“As we emerge and recover from the last few challenging years, teachers persevered and developed creative new ways to engage students,” said Oakland County Executive David Coulter. “It was such an enormous and important challenge and I’m so grateful for all teachers, including those being honored this week, for their passion and dedication to educating and guiding our children.”

The three winners were surprised with classroom visits by Oakland Schools’ staff in early April.

Each year, OSEF encourages Oakland County school districts to nominate educators for Teacher of the Year distinction. To learn more about The Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year award visit:


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