UCS, dealership award teacher an ‘A’ for auto

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published March 30, 2015

 Utica High School teacher Kelly Bronski is greeted by her husband, Christopher Bronski, after finding out that she is the Teacher of the Year.

Utica High School teacher Kelly Bronski is greeted by her husband, Christopher Bronski, after finding out that she is the Teacher of the Year.


A Sterling Heights car dealership recently supplied the keys to a leased vehicle to an honored Utica High School teacher.

Utica Community Schools personnel surprised teacher Kelly Bronski with a free car lease March 25 at the Community Education Center at Walsh in Sterling Heights. Bronski was picked as Teacher of the Year at the high school level and at the district level. The lease comes courtesy of the Suburban Collection’s Suburban Ford in Sterling Heights.

After the surprise event, Bronski said she picked out a two-year lease for a blue Ford Mustang convertible at the dealership because she’s always liked convertibles.

Suburban Collection spokesman John McCandless said his Troy-based dealer group gave a lease allowance to Bronski and let her choose a vehicle with it. The lease’s length depended on the car’s value, he said.

“We believe in honoring and rewarding the best teachers in the areas or communities that we do business in, and certainly the Utica Community Schools is one of them,” he said.

According to UCS officials, this is the fourth year that the school district has given such a prize to a teacher within the district. Each year, the district has picked a Teacher of the Year at each of the elementary, junior high and high school levels — and from those, one teacher has received a car lease.

Burr Elementary School’s Christine Sandison and Bemis Junior High School’s Katie Blackmore were the other teachers of the year in 2015. Also honored, as teachers of excellence in personalized learning, were Beacon Tree Elementary School’s Christine Froberger and Wiley Elementary School’s Maureen Langenderfer.

Bronski said she has worked at UCS for 12 years and has taught at Utica High School for 11 years. Bronski was born and raised in the school district.

“I always wanted to be a teacher,” she explained. “I love working with young people and helping them to reach their full potential. I truly have the best job.”

She said she starts out her morning by teaching a class of sophomores in a college prep program called AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination. Bronski said she plans to continue the program beyond this school year.

Then, for the rest of the school day, she teaches Advanced Placement English, she said.

She said she expected to spend the day after her dealership experience celebrating with her “amazing students and colleagues.”

“My students are motivated and positive,” she said. “It’s a mutual energy going back and forth.”

Learn more about Utica Community Schools by visiting www.uticak12.org or by calling (586) 797-1000. Find out more about the Suburban Collection by visiting www.SuburbanCollection.com.