GPEA teachers of the year announced

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 9, 2021

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GROSSE POINTES — Several staff members in the Grosse Pointe Education Association have been recognized for their hard work and dedication to their students.

On May 28, the association announced its teachers of the year in the Grosse Pointe Public School System. The GPEA serves more than 500 professional staff members of the district, including teachers, librarians, social workers, counselors, psychologists, speech therapists and occupational therapists. Through the Teacher of the Year Committee, one educator per building was recognized.

“This is a wonderful day for all of our teachers and students in the district,” GPEA President Christopher Pratt said in a prepared statement. “We had such an outpouring of nominations for so many wonderful teachers, social workers, counselors, all of our educators. It made the Committee’s review a real challenge.”

Each educator received a plaque and was featured on the GPEA website — — Facebook and Twitter.

This year’s recipients are:
• Marinel Gaitan, the Barnes Early Childhood Center and Trombly Early Childhood Center.
• Rosemary Birchmeier, Brownell Middle School.
• Amy Hermon, Defer Elementary.
• Karen Aldrich, Ferry Elementary.
• Mary Ann Magill, Kerby Elementary.
• Michelle Hunwick, Maire Elementary.
• Anna Court, Mason Elementary.
• Theresa Schrage, Monteith Elementary.
• Jonathan Byrne, Grosse Pointe North High School.
• Drew Kisskalt, Parcells Middle School.
• Rebecca Churray, Pierce Middle School.
• Andrew Montague, One Grosse Pointe Virtual.
• Stephanie Erhard, Richard Elementary.
• Taryn Loughlin, Grosse Pointe South High School.