Superintendent Dr. George Heitsch on Tuesday surprised three Farmington Public Schools educators with Teacher of the Year awards.
The district annually honors outstanding teachers at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. These 2019 winners will be recognized during the May 21 Board of Education meeting:
Nancie Jahshan, Lanigan Elementary School
Jahshan was nominated by colleagues, parents, and students for her ability to inspire learning. She began her FPS career at Flanders Elementary School in 2009. When Flanders closed, she relocated to Power Upper Elementary School for six years, then in 2016 moved to Lanigan. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Social Studies at Eastern Michigan, and her Master of Arts in Education Leadership at Madonna University.
In her nomination form, colleague Sandi Biondo wrote, “One of Ms. J’s strongest asset is her ability to work effectively with colleagues. She fosters teamwork and collegiality. She is respected by her colleagues here in Farmington Public Schools and across Oakland County.”
Among her many school activities, Jahshan recently hosted Author’s Night at Lanigan. Students published their own non-fiction book on a subject about which they were passionate. Parents, staff, and students interviewed the authors.
Jahshan has also led the District initiative in writing, going through special training at Oakland Schools. One of her students wrote, “I like her way of teaching because she makes learning fun, all the time.”
Middle School Teacher of the Year – Keichea Shauntee-Wilson, Power Middle School
With FPS since 2016, Shauntee-Wilson has taught at North Farmington High School and Power Middle School. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Hampton University, Va., a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University, a Master of Education degree with a Social Studies major and Business Education minor, as well as a Doctorate in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Walden University.
Shauntee-Wilson started the Power dance team, Commotion, which performs at athletic events and assemblies; facilitates the Religious Diversity Journey student group; and is forming a female leadership club. She is also participating in the Aspiring Principal Leadership Academy through Oakland Schools and continuing her college education by taking leadership courses.
Colleague Tera Shamey wrote, “The single greatest quality that Ms. Shauntee-Wilson possesses as a teacher is her unwavering commitment to her students.”
Parent Mikki Hill said, “It is hard to find teachers who are as dynamic and personable as Ms. Shauntee-Wilson. She thinks and teaches outside the box. She keeps the students energized and excited about learning. Ms. Shauntee-Wilson is ‘trendy’ as my daughter says and relates to them on their level.”
High School Teacher of the Year – Mary Sheltrown, Farmington High School
Sheltrown has been at Farmington High since 1996, teaching Physical Education and, since 2006, has served as the Building Athletic Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University, where she majored in Interpersonal and Public Communications and minored in Physical Education. She also earned a Master of Arts degree from Wayne State University, majoring in Sports Administration.
In addition to serving on several curriculum committees and attending not only sporting events, but concerts, talent shows, and robotics competitions, Sheltrown leads the professional learning team in physical education. She represents FHS interests with the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Oakland Activities Association, as well as coordinating hosting tournaments for MHSAA competitions.
“In a lot of ways, Mary defines Farmington High School. She is a beacon of light from within our building that shines on everyone,” one nominating colleague wrote.
Another said, “When we talk about promoting positive citizenship and ethical behavior, an image of Mary Sheltrown comes to mind for all of us at FHS: morally strong, committed to students and their success, and constantly cognizant of her responsibilities as a teacher and role model for many.”
The Suburban Collection annually donates use of a leased vehicle to one of the three Teachers of the Year; Sheltrown is the 2019 winner.