Outstanding Educator Awards Program

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, and TBA Credit Union proudly announce the 2017 Outstanding Educator Award recipients. Listed in alphabetical order:

Paul Bauer - TBAISD Director of Instructional Services
Dana Cort – TBAISD Life Skills Center Teacher Assistant
Victoria Derks, Ed.D  – TCAPS, Central Grade School World Language Teacher
Maureen Earl – Leland Public Schools, Food Service
Keith Haske – GTACS St. Francis High School, High School Teacher/Coach
Mollie Houser – Orientation & Mobility Specialist for TBAISD, Kingsley and Leelanau County 
Julie Keck - TCAPS West Senior High School Art Teacher
Julie Merchant – Forest Area Community Schools, Elementary Teacher
Steve Urbanski – TCAPS Assistant Principal, West Middle School
Tim VanderMeulen - TBAISD Career-Tech Center Electrical Occupations Teacher

The 2017 Outstanding Educator Award recipients listed above have made exemplary contributions to the academic success of students, educational collaboration, and professional development.

Established by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce in 1984, the Outstanding Educator Award program is facilitated by Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District in partnership with TBA Credit Union and the Chamber. Each year, nominations are submitted by public, private and parochial school administrators, colleagues, students, and parents throughout the five-county Traverse Bay region. Nomination materials are reviewed by a selection committee and scored based on demonstrated educational excellence.

The annual Outstanding Educator Award ceremony will honor those selected. A reception begins at 6:15. The ceremony is open to the public and will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 at the City Opera House in Traverse City.

Regional Outstanding Educator Awards

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District  in collaboration with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and TBA Credit Union annually seeks 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 ten 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.

Award Criteria & Nomination Form

Past Award Recipients