Calhoun County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

A Calhoun County educator known for her means to make learning pleasurable for her pupils has been honored with an Excellence In Training award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Virginia Platek, is a ninth quality English and AP language and composition trainer at Fight Creek Central Substantial School. The faculty is part of Struggle Creek Community Educational institutions.

The Michigan Lottery recognized the Excellence In Education and learning awards in 2014 to identify excellent public-faculty educators across the point out all through the university yr.

Winners of the weekly award get a plaque, a $1,500 hard cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, school, or faculty district. One particular of the weekly winners will be picked as the Educator of the 12 months and will obtain a $10,000 dollars prize.

Every winner also is highlighted in a information section on the Lottery’s media companion stations: WXYZ-Television set in Detroit, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, FOX 47 in Lansing, and WNEM-Television set in Saginaw. The information section showcasing Platek will air this night.

Platek reported she has normally recognized she wished to be a teacher.

“I’ve normally identified I needed to be a instructor. I struggled with mental health and fitness complications when I was a pupil and I found that my instructors would faux the issue was not there. I didn’t want an individual else to go through what I did. As a instructor, I do my ideal to know my learners and identify when they are struggling. I do not disregard their struggles. I want them to know there is hope and irrespective of any mental overall health concerns, they can still be profitable.”

Platek’s favorite action to do with students is study Romeo and Juliet.

“I really like examining Romeo and Juliet with my students. I divide the class in two, the Montagues and the Capulets, and they get paid details for good behavior through the device. At the stop, the ‘family’ with the most points earns a reward. Another favored activity our school did was a parade to guidance college students that graduated all through the COVID-19 pandemic. Considering the fact that the pupils could not appear with each other to celebrate, college staff adorned their cars and trucks and fashioned a caravan that drove previous every graduating senior’s household in the district. We blared music and whooped and hollered. It was these kinds of a joyful moment.”

Platek’s nomination cited her capacity to make learning enjoyment and attention-grabbing for her students.

“Virginia has constantly been ready to relate to center school and superior college learners. She has a way of building finding out pleasurable and interesting. When her pupils get started to examine some of the needed publications, she finds a way to existing them that makes the pupils want to go through them.

“Before her recent placement, she labored at superior universities with issue college students. She would chat to and function with the students until finally they began performing the get the job done and they normally ended up passing their courses at the conclude of the 12 months. Each and every 12 months she has pupils occur up to her and say: ‘you are the most effective teacher we ever had.’ She normally will take on further lessons if they are small academics and signals up for extracurricular actions with the students. She has also worked summer time college and signed up to teach a higher education course this summer time. Virginia was identified with Several Sclerosis two decades ago and regardless of the problems she faces, she remains committed to her pupils every single day.”

Platek gained a bachelor’s diploma from Western Michigan University and master’s degree from Grand Valley State College. She has been an educator for 9 a long time, the previous 5 in her present-day position.

Excellence in Education award nominees are evaluated on the next conditions:

  • Excellence – Their perform regularly assists college students and/or their schools or school districts progress to increased degrees of tutorial accomplishment.
  • Commitment – They consistently go over and outside of anticipations to enable pupils be successful.
  • Inspiration – Their do the job evokes other individuals about them to exceed anticipations possibly academically or professionally.
  • Leadership – They reveal apparent management abilities in their positions with their faculty or university districts.
  • Success – The nominee’s get the job done has crystal clear and constructive outcomes on the academic progression of college students within just the college or faculty district.