The Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCT) has honored Kevin Ozar, Farmington STEAM Academy teacher, with its “Ray H. Lawson Award,” which recognizes excellence in the field.
Lawson served for decades as the treasurer for MCTE. The award, in part, aims to honor teachers who have also dedicated a significant portion of their professional and personal lives to improving the minds of Michigan’s literacy students.
“I’m honored to be recognized by a great state organization like MCTE which has always focused on supporting teachers,” Ozar said in a press release. “To receive this honor is humbling and I want to share it with every educator out there who is striving daily to positively impact the world by helping move kids forward every day.”
Ozar will receive this award at the MCTE Fall Conference, Building Community with Curiosity, Creativity, and Joy, held Friday, Oct. 20, at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, Michigan.
He began his career 21 years ago as a middle school teacher in East Detroit and, in 2001, was hired as a North Farmington High School English and Leadership teacher. During his time at North, he served as an Instructional Leader, a Quality Instruction Coach and Class Advisor. He started teaching seventh grade English Language Arts teacher this fall at the Farmington STEAM Academy.
In 2011, Ozar won the Oakland County Teacher of the Year award. He has received two Superintendent Awards of Excellence and has been voted Teacher of the Year by the graduating seniors.
The criteria for the award include:
- Demonstrated excellence in the teaching of English or Language Arts K-12
- Distinguished leadership at the local and the state level
- High admiration from colleagues and students
- Unique and effective perspectives on teaching English/Language Arts
- A minimum of 10 years of teaching experience K-12
- Current member of MCTE