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Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence

Congratulations to our 2022 Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence!

These outstanding teachers were selected for their hard work and dedication to their students, and for creating classrooms where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking thrive.

Our deepest thanks go out to all the recipients of this year’s Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence. This world is so much better because of you!

2022 Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence

Nathan Gash

5th Grade Teacher (Stone Creek Elementary, KS)

Jewell Johnson

Elementary Teacher (Jefferson-Douglass Academy, MI)

Morgan Kaltz

5th Grade Teacher (Cesar E. Chavez Elementary, MI)

Sherri Kraai

6th Grade Teacher (Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy, MI)

Sarah McCormick

3rd/4th Grade Teacher (Northview Field School, MI)

Sara McGavin

High School Teacher (Mercy High School, MI)

Shannon Riley

2nd Grade Teacher (Wilkinson Early Child Development Center, MO)

Kim Sparks

High School Teacher (Allegan High School, MI)

Monica Hong-Steigner

3rd/4th Grade Teacher (Capitol Prep, FL)

Kozetta Taylor

Elementary Teacher (Jefferson-Douglass Academy, MI)

2021 Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence

Robyn Anderson

2nd Grade Teacher (Cherry Creek Elementary, MI)

Tom Arnold

Elementary Science Teacher (Kirschen Elementary, CA)

Dan Del Duca

Lower School Science Teacher (The Shipley School, PA)

Colleen Heyboer

4th Grade Teacher (West Oakview Elementary, MI)

Kara Kitts

High School Science Teacher (Grand Rapids Christian High, MI)

Mark Nechanicky

4th Grade Teacher (Lakeview Elementary, MN)

Jenna Rykse

1st-2nd Grade Teacher (Northview Field School, MI)

Munira Spiller

1st Grade Teacher (Detroit Enterprise Academy, MI)

Paul Yenne

5th Grade Teacher (Steele Elementary, CO)

2020 BETTY VAN ANDEL TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE

Amanda Barbour

5th Grade Teacher (Kentwood Public Schools, MI)

Mary Ann Bridge

Kindergarten Teacher (St. Thomas the Apostle, MI)

Keli Christopher

Executive Director/STEM Greenhouse (Grand Rapids, MI)

Eunsub Cho

Science Teacher (Potter's House, MI)

Jane Claus

Special Education Teacher (Dickinson Academy, MI)

Paul Deboer

4th Grade Teacher (Sibley Elementary, MI)

Heather DeJonge

Science Teacher (Lowell High School, MI)

Amanda Ervin

8th Grade (Phoenix Christian School, AZ)

Helen Gillespie

5th Grade Teacher (Mulick Park Elementary, MI)

Cory Kavanagh

Instructional Specialist (Van Andel Institute, MI)

Amber Kirksey

5th Grade Teacher (Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, MI)

Susan Koppendrayer

Science Teacher (Avail Academy, MN)

Andy Losik

STEM Teacher (Hamilton Community Schools, MI)

Jon Oosterman

Instructional Specialist (Van Andel Institute, MI)

Patti Richardson

Science Teacher (Forest Hills Central, MI)

Sarah Rosema

5th Grade Teacher (Sibley Elementary, MI)

Graham Schultze

Science Teacher (Evergreen Christian Academy, MI)

Paul Solarz

5th Grade Teacher (Westgate Elementary, IL)

Renee Speed

4th Grade (Mulick Park Elementary, MI)

Danielle Vallad

5th Grade Teacher (Cannonsburg Elementary, MI)

Russ Wallsteadt

Health Science Academy Instructor (Kent Career Technical Center, MI)

Christine Wright

5th Grade Teacher (San Juan Diego Academy, MI)

Alyssa Wysocki

4th Grade Teacher (Saint Stephen Catholic, MI)

Joyce Zimmer

Science Teacher (Greenville High School, MI)

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