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Top Teacher Award Nominations 2012

Metro Parent asked southeast Michigan parents to tell us which teachers have made a difference in your child's life. Check out all the 2012 nominees and see what moms and dads had to say!

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Jennifer Hopcian

Haviland Elementary, Waterford

"Jennifer Hopcian (along with teacher Karen Hirschfield) teaches the third and fourth grade multi-age class at Haviland Elementary in Waterford. My son was lucky enough to be in their class for two years. These two ladies had upwards of 60 kids in their classroom; however, on any given day, they could tell you exactly what was going on with your child. Ms. Hopcian specifically was extremely instrumental in helping us help our son, who at the time was struggling greatly. She suggested that the school do an evaluation to determine if there was a deeper problem going on. The team of evaluators did a workup and determined that my son was fine and there would be no intervention. Ms. Hopcian was very determined to help my son, and came up with her own interventions that helped greatly. Our son was then evaluated privately, and as it turned out he has Asperger syndrome. I truly believe that he would not be doing as well as he is now if it were not for Ms. Hopcian. She was nurturing and supportive and always there for him when he needed some one-on-one care. She helped him above and beyond the call of duty. Truly great teachers are a gift, and my son was lucky to have had the gift of Ms. Hopcian for two years. And for that our entire family is truly grateful."

– Vicki, Waterford

Paula Abramson

Hamilton Elementary, Troy

"Mrs. Abramson is a gifted teacher. She has great insight to every child's needs. She has knowledge, patience and a sense of humor, flexibility and uses every possible teaching moment. Mrs. Abramson loves children. It shows in all her interactions; she makes every child feel special. Her love of literacy is always apparent in her lessons, her classroom and her love of books and stories. She has taught many youngsters how to read. She was my son's kindergarten teacher in 2002-03, and they still have a relationship. Mrs. Abramson is a smart, kind, loving, fun, caring teacher. She has touched many young children and set a positive tone for their future education. I am so happy she was my son's kindergarten teacher. He has ADHD and can be a challenging, active child. Mrs. Abramson loved him, and worked with him and his strengths, and understood him, as no teacher had before kindergarten. She is truly a fabulous, gifted teacher."

– Mary Lynn, Troy

Kyle Curtis

Woodcreek Elementary, Farmington Hills

"It takes something special to be a great teacher, but it takes something exceptionally special to be a great teacher for children with autism. Kyle Curtis pours her passion and love into her position as an ASD K-4 teacher. She constantly collaborates with families to help her students reach their full potential. She approaches each child as an individual and knows how to bring out the best in them. She even authored a book that teaches the other students in the school about autism and how/why they may seem different. She began the school's LINKS program, which matches an autistic child with a neuro-typical playmate to teach play and social skills. She's always eager to do more, such as helping with potty training, being a support to parents in meetings, working on food tolerance issues, and teaming with medical professionals to help each student thrive within an academic setting. She's very creative and consistently incorporates new sensory themed activities into the classroom. She also provides and plans monthly community integration opportunities for students to help them learn independent living skills. It's always scary when you put your young child on a bus for the first time and hope the world will be kind to them. Think now of having that child be nonverbal, developmentally two to three years younger than their actual age, and overwhelmed by every sight, sound and new person. As a parent, I feel my child with special needs is in great hands. He is safe, happy and making progress. Having an exceptional teacher you trust, who truly cares, works hard and adores my child – priceless! Kyle Curtis is easily one of metro Detroit's Top Teachers."

– Sharon, Farmington Hills

Erin Gallagher

Doherty Elementary, West Bloomfield

"My son, Jake, is very fortunate to have Mrs. Gallagher as his first grade teacher. Mrs. Gallagher consistently goes out of her way to make sure each student's academic needs are being met.  She is dedicated to each of her 26 students and has taken the time to know each student on a personal level. She knows each student's strengths and weakness and makes sure to provide work that is challenging in both areas. Mrs. Gallagher doesn't look the other way or take the easy way out. If a student needs extra help, is average, or advanced in certain areas, Mrs. Gallagher will make sure that student is being taken care of. She helps them during the day and also provides extra work that can be completed at home. Mrs. Gallagher is also always available either in person or through email. She also goes out of her way to make sure her students, and their families, feel respected and welcome in her classroom. What makes her so special to our family is how dedicated she is to her student's well-being. My son Jake has a severe food allergy. Mrs. Gallagher has made every effort to include Jake in the classroom activities and to keep him safe. She even emails or calls me ahead of time so that Jake is not left out. Mrs. Gallagher also emails other teachers and support staff with reminders about food safety and is willing to answer any questions they may have. This is not a requirement of her position; however, she has made it something that is important to her. I have two advanced degrees and I have also spent a lot of time volunteering in Mrs. Gallagher's class. I can honestly say from experience that I have never met a teacher that cares as much as she does. I wish every teacher was as dedicated and caring of their students as Mrs. Gallagher is."

– Cheri, West Bloomfield

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Jamie Shock

Lincoln Multi Age, Lincoln Consolidated School District, Ypsilanti

"When my friends and family are impressed by my son, I wish I could take the credit, but I only have a small role in nourishing his young mind. His teacher, Mrs. Jackie Shock, has achieved the most difficult, yet most important goal for a teacher – inspiring a lifelong love of learning. Every day when my son comes home, he is not only eager to tell me what he has learned, but he wants to further research and read about the subjects. Classroom conversations and lessons roll into a desire for exploration at home. Mrs. Shock does her job by educating students about all required topics for their grade level, but, more importantly, they become willing and ready to learn more."

– Andrea, Ypsilanti

Abby Smith

Lincoln Multi Age, Lincoln Consolidated School District, Ypsilanti

"When I think of my daughter's teacher, Mrs. Abby Smith, I think of a woman that was born to be a teacher. She willingly takes on all of the difficult roles of a teacher and makes them look easy. Mrs. Smith is first and foremost an educator. My daughter, who was intimidated by academics, is now more than prepared to enter middle school next year. Mrs. Smith is a family therapist, because her advice has helped my daughter and I to become much closer. She is a philanthropist, because sharing her ideas has helped my daughter to become more organized and self-confident. She has nursed my daughter when she is ill, policed her behavior when she needed to be put in her place, and preached to her when she needed guidance. She has been her school-day mom. Teachers no longer have the luxury of simply educating, and I know this first hand because I, too, am a teacher. Mrs. Smith fulfills both her official and often-ignored duties with grace."

– Andrea, Ypsilanti

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May 9, 2012 12:40 pm
 Posted by  Kristina

My son Jaxon is currently in Mrs. Ricci's Kindergarten classroom. She is so loving and patient. She challenges her children and keeps them moving forward. She works with each child at there level and keeps them moving forward. She inspires them to learn and to love learning. My son just loves her!

May 22, 2012 11:56 pm
 Posted by  looghe

My son had Wayne Janda for 3rd grade at Pinewood, he has got to be the best teacher he has had so far. His grades were great he excelled in math. I could not have asked for a better teacher. He is one of those
teachers who makes learning exciting and fun. If a child was having a hard time he goes the extra mile to help.

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