UCS Teacher of the Year gets free convertible lease

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published March 29, 2016

 Molly Mayernik, center, holds the Elementary Teacher of the Year award. She also won the school district’s Teacher of the Year award.

Molly Mayernik, center, holds the Elementary Teacher of the Year award. She also won the school district’s Teacher of the Year award.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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A celebration for a Utica Community Schools teacher recently was converted into a convertible.

During a March 23 breakfast at the Community Education Center at Walsh in Sterling Heights, Utica Community Schools Superintendent Christine Johns honored Harvey Elementary School kindergarten teacher Molly Mayernik as the school district’s overall Teacher of the Year. 
In an email statement given afterward, Johns said Mayernik represents “the care, innovation and exemplary teaching and learning that students experience every day” at UCS.

“She establishes a personal connection with her students and is dedicated to making sure each one of them is reaching their full potential,” Johns said.

Mayernik — who had been earlier picked as Elementary Teacher of the Year — was joined by Heritage Junior High School teacher Susan Tempio and Utica High School teacher Dana Boice. The latter two were honored as top teachers for the junior high or high schools.

Mayernik said she believes that her school’s principal, a couple of teachers and a student were involved in nominating her. She said she loves teaching kindergarten and has been teaching in the district for 17 years.

She added that her kindergarten students are in the same building as sixth-graders, which means that she often stays in contact with her students throughout the years.

“Obviously, I love being a teacher, and for me, being a kindergarten teacher, my students and their growth have been amazing to me,” she said.

“(They) not only grow in my classroom, but I see the growth throughout the rest of the time they are in elementary school. Being one of the first impressions that they see and watching them grow is my favorite.”

As part of the Teacher of the Year award, Mayernik won a free two-year lease on a vehicle from Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights. According to the school district, this is the fifth year that UCS has honored the overall winner with a vehicle lease from the dealership.

Later in the day, Mayernik went to Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights, which is part of The Suburban Collection, to pick out a vehicle.

James Elder, the dealership’s general manager, said Mayernik picked out a silver convertible Mustang, and he said he was happy that she got something that was “fun and not practical.”

“It’s a great thing to support (UCS) and teachers around there,” Elder said. “They are basically the parents of our children when we are not around, so there is no greater organization to support.”

Find out more about Utica Community Schools by visiting www.uticak12.org or by calling (586) 797-1000. To contact Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights, visit www.suburbanfordofsterlingheights.com or call (586) 268-7500.

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