(Birmingham Education Association, June 2, 2015)
Teacher of the Year and three Excellence in Teaching honors were awarded to teachers from Birmingham Public Schools at the annual Birmingham Education Association BEA banquet on May 20. Ron Rodgerson, received the Teacher of the Year recognition along with $1,000 and a vehicle lease from The Suburban Collection, a co-sponsor of BEA teacher of the year.” Ron was nominated by teaches from across the district. One teacher noted: “Working with Ron has been the highlight of my career. He is an astonishing human being and is light to every person and situation he experiences.” Another said: Whether he is directing our high school ensembles at Seaholm, directing the band program at BCS, teaching all beginning band students in our district, or leading jazz band while playing his bass, Ron is an exceptional educator who has an incredible musical versatility. He is a master teacher.”
Presenting the award to Mr. Rodgerson was BEA President Scott Warrow who was joined by Bart Debrow of Somerset Collection Dealership. “Ron was the clear choice for his outstanding work in the classroom for over 34 years and his commitment to his students across eight different schools”, said Warrow. “Birmingham is fortunate to have such a dedicated and innovative educator”, added Warrow. “This prestigious award is an acknowledgement by fellow teachers who understand the difficulty, complex demands of the job, and know the “real story” of what the honored teacher does in the classroom and school.”
In addition, three other teachers were awarded the Dr. Frances Randahl Educator Excellence award. Amy Voigt (Groves), Amy Burns (Covington) and Erica Maliszewkis (Covington) each received the $500 award presented by the Randahl Agency, Meemic Insurance and the BEA. Named for longtime Birmingham resident and teacher, the late Dr. Randahl, the three recipients were nominated by their fellow teachers and school administrators for their excellence in teaching, caring for students, and pride in promoting their profession. “It is an privilege to recognize these exceptional teachers who serve as role models for their colleagues and who are leaders that positively affect the educational experience, honoring the legacy of Dr. Randahl and her lifelong commitment to education”, said Rick Pinkos, managing director of the Randahl Agency, the Birmingham based MEEMIC agent.
The award ceremony also presented BEA Scholarships of $1500 to Emma Salesin and Amanda Amboud, both students at Groves High School.