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Teaching with Heart & Soul - Judy White-Ora

Judy White-Ora “Teaching with Heart and Soul” Award nominations due Wednesday, April 12

Farmington Public Schools is announcing the call for nominations for the 11th annual recognition for teachers called the Judy White-Ora “Teaching with Heart and Soul” Award. This recognition program is in honor of the District’s former Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Judy White-Ora, who dedicated her life to the pursuit of excellence in education. Her “Teaching with Heart and Soul” pledge was created to inspire teachers to reach out to kids in unique and creative ways. The nominee for the award must exemplify the six steps of her pledge:

  1. Respects the uniqueness of each child.  
  2. Ignites the joy of learning.
  3. Listens to the child’s voice.  
  4. Puts human connections first.
  5. Encourages the spirit of each child and lets their light shine.
  6. Creates a caring environment. 

Past Judy White-Ora “Teaching with Heart and Soul” award winners are Marian Orihel, Vitas Underys, Maria Blanco, Pam Gutierrez, Nikki Schueller, Ann Marie Robinson, Hatty Ligon, Nancy Morris, Elyse Jahnke, Patricia Pomaranski, and Julie Folkert.

Nominees must be teachers with at least three years teaching experience and members of the Farmington Education Association (FEA). Nomination forms can be found on the District’s web site at www.farmington.k12.mi.us. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 12, 2017. The selected candidate will be recognized at the Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Board Meeting. For any questions regarding this award, please call School/Community Relations at 248. 489. 3349.




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