Calhoun County Educator Wins Excellence in Schooling Award from the Michigan Lottery

A Calhoun County educator recognized for her ability to make studying exciting for her college students has been honored with an Excellence In Schooling award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Virginia Platek, is a ninth quality English and AP language and composition trainer at Struggle Creek Central Higher College. The university is section of Fight Creek General public Schools.

The Michigan Lottery recognized the Excellence In Training awards in 2014 to acknowledge excellent general public-university educators throughout the state for the duration of the faculty calendar year.

Winners of the weekly award acquire a plaque, a $1,500 dollars prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, faculty, or university district. A person of the weekly winners will be picked as the Educator of the 12 months and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Every winner also is featured in a information phase on the Lottery’s media lover stations: WXYZ-Television set in Detroit, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, FOX 47 in Lansing, and WNEM-Tv set in Saginaw. The information segment featuring Platek will air this night.

Platek explained she has often identified she wanted to be a instructor.

“I’ve generally identified I wanted to be a teacher. I struggled with mental well being troubles when I was a student and I observed that my instructors would faux the problem was not there. I did not want another person else to go by means of what I did. As a teacher, I do my greatest to know my students and recognize when they are battling. I do not overlook their struggles. I want them to know there is hope and irrespective of any mental health challenges, they can continue to be successful.”

Platek’s beloved activity to do with college students is read Romeo and Juliet.

“I really like looking at Romeo and Juliet with my students. I divide the course in two, the Montagues and the Capulets, and they generate points for constructive habits all over the unit. At the finish, the ‘family’ with the most factors earns a reward. A different favored action our school did was a parade to support college students that graduated all through the COVID-19 pandemic. Considering that the college students could not appear alongside one another to rejoice, university personnel decorated their automobiles and fashioned a caravan that drove past just about every graduating senior’s residence in the district. We blared tunes and whooped and hollered. It was these kinds of a joyful minute.”

Platek’s nomination cited her means to make discovering enjoyment and exciting for her students.

“Virginia has usually been ready to relate to middle university and large university students. She has a way of earning discovering enjoyable and attention-grabbing. When her pupils begin to read some of the required publications, she finds a way to present them that can make the students want to read them.

“Before her existing placement, she labored at large universities with challenge students. She would communicate to and operate with the students until they began undertaking the get the job done and they often finished up passing their lessons at the close of the yr. Each 12 months she has pupils appear up to her and say: ‘you are the greatest instructor we ever experienced.’ She normally usually takes on additional courses if they are limited academics and signals up for extracurricular actions with the students. She has also labored summer time school and signed up to teach a higher education system this summer months. Virginia was diagnosed with Various Sclerosis two yrs in the past and irrespective of the problems she faces, she continues to be committed to her students each day.”

Platek earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and master’s degree from Grand Valley State College. She has been an educator for 9 yrs, the last 5 in her current posture.

Excellence in Instruction award nominees are evaluated on the subsequent conditions:

  • Excellence – Their operate continually helps pupils and/or their colleges or faculty districts advance to higher amounts of educational accomplishment.
  • Dedication – They constantly go earlier mentioned and beyond anticipations to assistance college students succeed.
  • Inspiration – Their perform evokes others about them to exceed anticipations possibly academically or professionally.
  • Management – They demonstrate very clear leadership capabilities in their positions with their university or faculty districts.
  • Usefulness – The nominee’s get the job done has obvious and favourable benefits on the educational development of college students in the faculty or university district.