Outstanding Educator Awards Program

Regional Outstanding Educator Awards

Northwest Education Services (formerly Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District),  in collaboration with Traverse Connect and TBA Credit Union, annually seek nominations for teachers, administrators and school support staff who make outstanding contributions toward the education of students throughout the five-county Traverse Bay region. The regional Outstanding Educator Awards honor the top individuals selected from a pool of candidates who are nominated by community members, professional peers, students and parents. Nomination criteria, forms and a list of past honorees are provided below.

2024 Award Criteria & NOMINATION FORM - Deadline April 10, 2024

Past Award Recipients

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The community is welcome to join in celebrating these honorees at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.

Congratulations to the 2024 Honorees (in alpha order)

Listed in alphabetical order, this year’s outstanding educators are:

Hannah Barraw 

School Psychologist, Northwest Education Services
Serving Mancelona Public Schools, Alba Public School and North Central Academy

Erika Climer

Special Education Teacher, Northwest Education Services

Terry (Munson) Freeman

Lead Custodian, TCAPS Central High School

Kate Heydlauff

Science Teacher, TCAPS West Senior High School

Teri Maas

Special Education Teacher, Northwest Education Services
Serving Adult Community Experience (ACE) and Community Connection Programs

Roderick MacNeil

Science Teacher, Greenspire High School

Mary Beth O’Neil

Math Teacher, TCAPS West Middle School

Paige Paul

Social Studies Teacher, TCAPS Central High School

Jamie Robinson

Math & Physical Education Teacher, Glen Lake Middle School

Jalen Williams

Science Teacher, Benzie Central High School