Farmington High School teacher Mary Sheltrown stands with students in her sports exploration class Feb. 26 after she was named the High School Teacher of the Year.

Farmington High School teacher Mary Sheltrown stands with students in her sports exploration class Feb. 26 after she was named the High School Teacher of the Year.

Photo by Deb Jacques

FPS teachers recognized for diligence, compassion

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published March 20, 2019

 Mary Sheltrown is congratulated by senior Nate Shaw.

Mary Sheltrown is congratulated by senior Nate Shaw.

Photo by Deb Jacques


FARMINGTON — With over 20 years of teaching under her belt, Farmington High School teacher Mary Sheltrown, also the school’s athletic director, has touched the lives of countless students.

On Feb. 26, her own life was touched when she was surprised with the announcement that she has been named the district’s High School Teacher of the Year.

“(I was) very surprised, very grateful,” Sheltrown said while flanked by clapping school officials and the media at FHS immediately after being notified. “Because it’s not me — it is all about them (the kids). That is what keeps me rooted.”

Lanigan Elementary School teacher Nancie Jahshan and Power Middle School teacher Keichea Shauntee-Wilson were named teachers of the year at their schools.

FPS Superintendent George Heitsch, with purple and white balloons in tow, told Sheltrown about her win.

“She wasn’t quite sure what was going on when we walked into the gym,” he said of Sheltrown’s classroom. “(It’s a) really well-deserved honor — such a treat for an educator to be recognized like this. It’s kind of a moment of gratitude to have your students acknowledge you too. … It’s a big deal.”

Farmington High School student Josh Weinzapfel said that initially he didn’t know what was going on.

“But it’s nice to see how happy our teacher was when she was awarded this,” he said, adding that Sheltrown is also the athletic director. “She’s just always at our swim meets and really nice to look into the stands and see her.”

Sheltrown humorously scolded her husband, Scott Sheltrown, saying she was “going to talk to him later” after finding out that he knew about her award beforehand.

He said that his wife is often at the school and is diligent in her work.

During the event, Sheltrown was named this year’s winner of a Suburban Collection vehicle lease.

“Our organization is truly honored to highlight the men and women who dedicate so much of themselves to the successful development of the children in our communities,” David Fischer Jr., the president and chief operating officer of the Suburban Collection, said in a press release. “We look forward to continuing to help shine a spotlight on their important work in our communities.”

Sheltrown received a two-year lease courtesy of the Suburban Collection.

Sheltrown’s husband said that with two kids in college, the extra vehicle “will be a very nice” addition to the family.

FHS physical education teacher Chip Bridges submitted a recommendation letter for Sheltrown to be nominated for Teacher of the Year.

He said, “Mary’s the best.”

“Mary is like the mom of the school — she is the mom where she will come and bring you cake,” he said, adding that she is there first in the morning and she is the last to leave at night.

“She tries to do as much as she can. … She’s super hardworking. She really does care about the kids, students, the other staff members.”

Holding back tears, Sheltrown said she “can’t say thank you” enough, and that she does the job for the kids.

“I love working with them,” she said. “We are trying to do the best we can for those students, and we want them to succeed in life.”

Sheltrown, who has been with Farmington Public Schools at Farmington High School since 1996, teaches physical education, and since 2006 she has been the building athletic coordinator.  Sheltrown earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Central Michigan University. She majored in interpersonal and public communications and minored in physical education. She also earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Wayne State University.

Sheltrown, according to a press release, takes time weekly to hold classroom meetings to discuss social and emotional well-being. She leads the professional learning team in physical education, and she represents FHS’ interests to the Michigan High School Athletic Association and the Oakland Activities Association, as well as coordinating hosting tournaments for MHSAA competitions.

All of the FPS Teachers of the Year will be recognized at a 5 p.m. May 21 Board of Education meeting at the Lewis Schulman Administration Building in the boardroom.

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