Megan Wallis, left, Madelyn Young and Sara Lewandowski, all 11th-graders and former students, congratulate Morse Elementary School second-grade teacher Ed Segovia, center, in his classroom Feb. 14. They each nominated him for Troy School District Teacher of the Year.

Megan Wallis, left, Madelyn Young and Sara Lewandowski, all 11th-graders and former students, congratulate Morse Elementary School second-grade teacher Ed Segovia, center, in his classroom Feb. 14. They each nominated him for Troy School District Teacher of the Year.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


Troy School District names top teachers

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published February 21, 2018

 Troy Superintendent Rich Machesky congratulates Segovia in his second-grade classroom at Morse Elementary School.

Troy Superintendent Rich Machesky congratulates Segovia in his second-grade classroom at Morse Elementary School.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

Morse Elementary School teacher Ed Segovia said it was a bit of a challenge to return to a second-grade classroom after working as a media specialist in the Troy School District for six years. 

He credits his fellow teachers for an “easy transition.” 

Segovia was recently selected as the Troy School District Teacher of the Year overall, as well as the Elementary School Teacher of the Year. 

Teachers, parents, students and former students nominated him for the award. He will receive a two-year lease for a vehicle of his choice from Suburban Collection. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many (nomination) letters,” said Kerry Birmingham, director of communications and strategic initiatives for the Troy School District. 

“He believes in each and every one of you,” Troy School District Superintendent Rich Machesky told Segovia’s second-graders. 

Machesky, Bart deBrow from Suburban Collection, district and school staff members, former students, and parents surprised Segovia in his classroom for the announcement Feb. 14. 

Three of Segovia’s former students, Madelyn Young, Sara Lewandowski and Megan Wallace, now 11th-graders at Troy High School, wrote nomination letters and were on hand for the announcement. 

“He was my favorite teacher in elementary school,” said Wallace. “I felt like he was my best friend. He totally deserves this.” 

“He had a way of captivating us with his easygoing attitude and sense of humor,” Young wrote in her nomination. 

In a nomination form, parent Janelle Micene wrote that Segovia “goes out of his way daily to tell me something that my son has said or done that day in class or to show me something that he has done.  His pride in my son’s accomplishments is so incredibly genuine and truly comes from the heart.” 

A former student, now in third grade, wrote, “He’s very funny. He never stopped telling us how he flushed a peach down the toilet.”

Segovia attended Baker Middle School and Athens High School, and he has taught in the district for 21 years. He said his family moved to Troy because they were looking for a good school district. 

Segovia said he always wanted to be a teacher. As a child he played library and school with his younger brother. His favorite parts of teaching are “the students and the learning.”

“The Troy School District is a world-class school district,” he said. “If you don’t see it, you need to look deeper.” 

Katy Stanley, a math and social studies teacher at Larson Middle School, was named the Troy School District Middle School Teacher of the Year. In her nominations, she was praised by parents “for connecting with every student and creating an atmosphere that made students feel very comfortable asking for help, both with school work and with social pressures.” She received a $500 check from the Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence. 

Stacie Klumpp, a math teacher at Athens High School, was named the Troy School District High School Teacher of the Year. She was praised in her nominations for “her willingness to go above and beyond for any student.” Her colleagues stated in her nomination that, “as a teacher, Stacie is who you hope your child will have for math. She has managed to strike that perfect balance between rigor and compassion. There is no doubt that her class is challenging. She forces students to think deeply and truly earn their education.” Klumpp also received a check for $500 from the Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence.