Local teacher honored with MCTE, NCTE awards

REMUS — Teachers may not always get the recognition they deserve. One Chippewa Hills School District educator was honored recently on a state-wide and a national level.

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Geryl Lobert, who teaches English language arts at the high school, was named the 2017 Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) Secondary English Teacher of the Year. Lobert also was recognized as the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) High School Teacher of Excellence.

The National Council of Teachers of English, with more than 25,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education, according to its press release.

MCTE is an organization for English language arts teachers and English educators in Michigan. It provides professional development for teachers and professors throughout the state, according to its website mcte.info.

Lobert has been a member of MCTE since 2005.

“Through this organization, I have become more involved by becoming a representative at large for central districts to promote best practices in English education and literacy,” she said. “I serve on the executive council and assist in the annual fall and spring conferences.”

In 2015, Lobert participated in a summer institute at the Top-of-the-Mitt Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. The institute trained her to become a “Teacher Consultant.” and as such, she teaches writing to fellow educators.

Lobert joined the ranks of NCTE in approximately 2008 to keep up-to-date on the latest trends in English education throughout the U.S. During this past summer, she was sent to the NCTE Affiliates meeting in Atlanta, Ga., where she met several teachers from across the nation to discuss some of the issues states are dealing with in regards to English education.

“I was nominated by a wonderful educator, Toby Kahn-Loftus, who has been teaching English for over 40 years,” Lobert said. “I met her in 2010 through a year long grant project, the WriteNow! project from Central Michigan University. She also was the Co-director of the Top-of-the-Mitt Writing Project in 2015. I consider her my mentor.”

Lobert is one of only 15 educators to receive the Teacher of Excellence Award this year. She will be named a recipient of this award during the NCTE conference on Nov. 16 in St. Louis, Mo. She will receive her Secondary Teacher of the Year Award at the MCTE fall conference on Oct. 20, in East Lansing.

“I am truly honored to not only represent Chippewa Hills High School, but the State of Michigan, and to be recognized at the national level is the cherry on top of the sundae,” she said.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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