Superintendent Recognition

A Winning Staff Means Winning Students!

We recognize that it is the dedication of our team that has made UCS the wonderful district that it is.  We are extraordinarily pleased to acknowledge their successes and special recognitions. Our staff has been recognized for:

  • Technology
  • Principal of the Year
  • Teachers of the Year
  • Elementary
  • Junior High
  • High School
  • Theatre
  • Preschool
  • Forensics
  • Bus Safety
  • Bus Driving
  • MASC/MAHS Advising
  • College Board Readers and Scorers
  • Social Work
  • MISD Make a Difference
  • Educational Programs
  • Coaching
  • School Public Relations

UCS is also proud to have 28 Blue Ribbon Exemplary Schools within our district. This recognition speaks to the commitment of our staff, parents and excellent programs designed to help every child achieve.

Recent board recognized staff members have included:

2008 Milken Family Foundation Educator Award
Leah Einhaus, Collins Elementary School third grade teacher

Walter P. Chrysler “Closing the Technology Gap in Education” Award
Geoff Clark and Scott Spry
Career and Technical Education teachers

Annual Bus Inspection – 97.4 percent rating
District Mechanics and Transportation Inventory Department

Sam’s Club Teacher of the Year Award
Zita Burton
Havel Elementary School fifth grade teacher

Best Buy Teach Award
Patricia Murray
Jeannette Junior High School Innovation Presentation and yearbook teacher

Charles G. Howard Outstanding Counselor of the Year Award, Rose-Hulman Institute
Janet Kent
Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology

2009 Education Excellence Award, SET-SEG Educational Foundation
Kathy Ming and Steve Gartland, district-wide language arts chairpersons
Suzanne Palte, executive director of professional learning and support
Todd Daniels, coordinator of video technology

Make a Difference Award
Lorri Zieleniewski, Duncan Elementary School learning center teacher,
Darlene Ivan, Switzer Elementary School teacher assistant

Macomb County Bus Roadeo Competition First Place Award
Ken Tappen, district bus driver

Middle School Forensic Coach of the Year – Michigan Speech Coaches Incorporated
Kirstin Carolin, Malow Junior High School English and theater arts teacher

USA Today Courageous Leader Award
Michael Allore, Eisenhower High School and Utica Center for Science and Industry teacher

Utica Community Schools Outstanding Teachers of the Year
Laurie Pritchard, Beacon Tree Elementary School fourth grade teacher
Harry Istok, Malow Junior High School career and technical education teacher
Christopher Layson, Utica Academy for International Studies history teacher

Macomb County Outstanding Junior High School Teacher of the Year
Harry Istok, Malow Junior High School career and technical education teacher

MEEMIC Insurance Company Foundation for the Future of Education Award
Kathy Krause, Jeannette Junior High School special education teacher
Pat Nizza, Eppler Junior High School special education teacher
Linda Elgert, Eppler Junior High School special education teacher
Stacie Chene, Heritage Junior High School special education teacher
Donna Hrynyk, Davis Junior High School special education teacher


Congratulations to all!