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3 Metro Detroit teachers finalists for Charter School Teacher of the Year
The Detroit News
October 03, 2013
Three Metro Detroit charter school teachers are among the finalists for this year’s Charter School Teacher of the Year announced Thursday by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies.

Kristen Allen, fifth-grader teacher at Conner Creek Academy East in Roseville, Mary Dyer, middle school integrated and physical science teacher at Michigan Collegiate Middle and High School in Warren and Jennifer Nichols, kindergarten through eighth grade at-risk math and ELA interventionist at Trillium Academy in Taylor are among the five finalists.

Teachers from kindergarten through high school qualify. There are more than 6,000 public charter school teachers in the state, the association said in a press release.

The other two finalists are Adam Krebsbach, a fourth-grade teacher at the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science in Grand Rapids and Kurt Steiner, a Latin teacher at Grand River Preparatory High School in Kentwood.

Four area administrators are among five chosen as Administrator of the Year finalists.

They are Raymond Alvarado, administrator at Covenant Academy Southwest in Detroit, Fred Borowski, principal at Taylor International Academy in Southfield, Karen Smith, principal at Conner Creek Academy East in Roseville and Shawn Leonard, principal at East Arbor Charter Academy in Ypsilanti. The fifth nominee is Amanda Dickens, principal at Forest Academy in Kalamazoo.

They were chosen from more than 1,000 administrators statewide.

The winners will be announced on Nov. 5 at Cobo Center in Detroit, during the 16th annual Michigan Charter School Conference.

“Michigan’s charter schools have some of the most talented and dedicated educators in the country, and this year’s finalists truly represent the best of the best,” said Dan Quisenberry, President of MAPSA.

There are 298 charter schools in Michigan, educating about 9 percent of the state’s school-age population, according to the association.

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