An Oakland County educator recognized for his meticulous preparation and retaining college students engaged has been honored with an Excellence In Education award from the Michigan Lottery.
The award winner, Steven Book, is a highschool trainer with Stoney Creek High School. The faculty is a part of the Rochester Community Schools faculty district.
The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence In Education awards in 2014 to acknowledge excellent public-school educators throughout the state throughout the faculty 12 months.
Winners of the weekly award obtain a plaque, a $1,500 money prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, faculty, or faculty district. One of the weekly winners shall be chosen as the Educator of the Year and can obtain a $10,000 money prize.
Each winner is also featured in a information phase on the Lottery’s media associate stations: WXYZ-TV in Detroit, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, FOX 47 in Lansing, and WNEM-TV in Saginaw. The information phase that includes Book will air this night.
Book credit his fifth-grade trainer for drawing him to a profession in schooling.
“I walked into Mr. Steve Filarecki’s 5th Grade classroom and was greeted by classroom walls filled with a life-size cutout of Michael Jordan, curious quotes from books that I had never heard of, Detroit Tigers memorabilia, and an eclectic array of knickknacks that covered the monotonous white brick walls. On the first day of fifth grade, I met the first male teacher that I had ever had, and it opened the door to career opportunities that I had never realized I could pursue. Mr. Filarecki was a true storyteller in all that he did, his lessons came to life through competitions like Spelling Baseball, math problem races against each other and the clock, and he would take the time to passionately read to us, while pacing around the room, books that I still consider to be some of my all-time favorites.”
Book says partaking college students with a “Weekend Update” exercise and seeing his college students enable themselves to turn into susceptible are his favourite elements of being an educator.
“I love “Show and Tell” and so in every of my electives we kick off each week with “Weekend Update” the place each pupil is given the alternative to inform us tales from the weekend. This is so easy however so vital in establishing a classroom tradition the place each single pupil in my class is actively engaged in the tales that their colleagues are telling. In my AP lessons, I really like energetic lecturing which is storytelling with a goal. These are classes lead by me with assists from movie clips, TV clips, podcast clips, and tune clips, all interwoven with questions for my college students. In my Theatre lessons my college students are taking part in improv video games each day and it’s unattainable for me to sit down on the sidelines and simply watch them. I wish to be the place the motion is!
“Seeing my students allow themselves to become vulnerable is another one of my favorite things and is extremely valuable to me. Since the COVID-19 shutdown, my students have put up so many defenses and it is truly my biggest joy to watch those defenses crumble and to see young people put themselves out there, take risks, and to be open to failure in order to learn from those failures.”
Book says he hopes his college students keep in mind him as a trainer that they had an actual relationship with.
“When my students leave my classroom, I hope they leave feeling like they mattered. I hope they feel like they had a real relationship with me and that they felt the room I created for them in my heart. I also hope they feel they were given space to make mistakes, fail, and learn from those mistakes in order to grow.”
Book’s nomination cited his involvement in many issues at the faculty.
“Mr. Book is an excellent teacher who cares about every student. He is meticulous in preparing classes and being sure to find ways to keep students engaged. He not only thrives on being a great teacher, but also is the director of Stoney Creek’s musical each spring for the last 11 years. He works hard in finding amazing talent and turning them into stars. Last year he took on the play Little Mermaid and it was spectacular. He also coaches the girls’ basketball team. He never stops working with the kids to make them feel important!”
Book earned a bachelor’s diploma and grasp’s diploma from Michigan State University. He has been an educator for 12 years, all in his present place.
Excellence in Education award nominees are evaluated on the following standards:
- Excellence – Their work constantly helps college students and/or their faculties or faculty districts advance to larger ranges of educational achievement.
- Dedication – They constantly go above and past expectations to assist college students succeed.
- Inspiration – Their work conjures up others round them to exceed expectations both academically or professionally.
- Leadership – They reveal clear management abilities in their positions with their faculty or faculty districts.
- Effectiveness – The nominee’s work has clear and constructive outcomes on the instructional development of scholars inside the faculty or faculty district.