Nominations for Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Awards Are Now Being Accepted by the Dearborn Area Chamber

Members of the business and educational communities congratulate the 2015 Teacher of the Year honorees. From left to right: Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce past chair Gary Kearns of Kearns Brothers, Jim Kroll of Lafontaine Automotive Group, Dearborn Area Chamber Education Committee Chair Philipp Emma, Teacher of the Year winners Samia Fawaz (3rd-5th grades), Sharifah Ahmed (middle school), Amanda Lichocki (high school), Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce President Jackie Lovejoy, former Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston, Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Events & Media Relations Director Ron Hinrichs, and Dearborn Education Foundation Executive Director Eddie Fakhoury. Honoree Seena Ankouni (PK-2nd grades) is not pictured.

Members of the business and educational communities congratulate the 2015 Teacher of the Year honorees. From left to right: Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce past chair Gary Kearns of Kearns Brothers, Jim Kroll of Lafontaine Automotive Group, Dearborn Area Chamber Education Committee Chair Philipp Emma, Teacher of the Year winners Samia Fawaz (3rd-5th grades), Sharifah Ahmed (middle school), Amanda Lichocki (high school), Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce President Jackie Lovejoy, former Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston, Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Events & Media Relations Director Ron Hinrichs, and Dearborn Education Foundation Executive Director Eddie Fakhoury. Honoree Seena Ankouni (PK-2nd grades) is not pictured.

 

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Nominations for the 2016 Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Awards, presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group, are being accepted from Dearborn Public Schools students for the 2015-2016 school year. Students are encouraged to recognize outstanding teachers who have made significant contributions in their educational experiences. Nominations can be mailed or faxed to the Dearborn Area Chamber offices and can also be downloaded online at www.DearbornAreaChamber.org. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm. Four winning teachers will be recognized, one each from Pre-K through 2nd grade, 3rd through 5th grade, middle and high school at a unique awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 beginning at 4:15 pm at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.

“We are very excited to once again have the opportunity to recognize some tremendous educators in the Dearborn Public Schools district,” commented Dearborn Area Chamber Education Committee Chair Phil Emma of Global “E” Group. “Teachers make such a positive impact in the lives of our children, and as a result we expect to receive nearly 1,000 nominations again this year.”

The Teacher of the Year Awards began in 1997, under the leadership of Chamber Member Alberta Muirhead. In its first year, 65 nominations were received for 57 teachers in 19 schools. The Dearborn Area Chamber received nearly 1,000 nominations in 2015.

Teachers selected for this prestigious award will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a glass award commemorating their achievement, and will become part of a select group of Dearborn teachers who have been recognized by the community for their dedication and passion for teaching.

“The Chamber is thrilled to have the opportunity to honor those who have such a significant impact on our youth in the Dearborn area,” said Dearborn Area Chamber President Jackie Lovejoy. “The future success of our community depends on the efforts and commitment of our educators and we have some of the best in the Dearborn Public Schools district.”

Community partners sponsoring this nomination process and event are LaFontaine Automotive Group, McDonald’s of Dearborn, Dearborn Federal Savings Bank, Gallagher Benefits Services, DFCU Financial, 1st Choice Urgent Care, Dearborn Federation of Teachers, MEEMIC Toler-Stemen Agency, Jim Thorpe Ameriprise Financial, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Abbie Bazzi, Attorney-at-Law, Applebee’s of Dearborn Heights, Bangkok 96 Thai Restaurant, Global “E” Group, Henry Ford College, HYPE Athletics, Habib’s Cuisine, LaPita Mediterranean Restaurant, Sylvan Learning Center, Dearborn Education Foundation, Delta Dental, Elan Events, Mati’s Deli, Member Focus Community Credit Union, Randall Cope Edward Jones Investments, State Representative George Darany, and West Village Dental Care.

The Dearborn Symphony is donating concert tickets to attending teachers at the awards ceremony, Sam’s Club of Southgate will provide reception refreshments, the Glass Academy will donate the glass “apple” awards, Brome Burger and Yogurtopia of Dearborn are donating gift cards for the winning teachers, and the Henry Ford is donating a membership for each winning teacher.

Education is one of the Dearborn Area Chamber’s core strategies. Through programs such as Teacher of the Year, the Chamber, a 600+ member organization, cultivates learning and mentoring opportunities between the student population and local business.

For more information, please contact the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce by phone at 313-584-6100. Be sure to follow the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook at facebook.com/DearbornAreaChamber, on Twitter @DbnAreaChamber and online at www.dearbornareachamber.org for all the latest news and events.