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Recognizing Local Educators

While area students this week have mixed feelings about getting back to school, spring break will be coming to an end this weekend for many, and educators in the Keweenaw area will be returning to the classroom refreshed after a little vacation, and excited for the final push leading to the completion of the 2018 – 2019 school year.

“I stepped out of the nursing field about 8 years ago and into the education field which was total different,” said Amanda Sprague, who is an RN / Instructor in Gogebic-Ontonagon Schools.

From changing tires, to nursing, to making a gourmet meal–these are the men and women who spend everyday preparing your children for their tomorrows.

“Anytime you separate a steering and suspension component you need to put the vehicle back into alignment,” said CCISD Automotive Technologies Instructor David Nahri.

“We are really doing a lot of different things and a lot of different ways to figure out the best possible outcome for a student that crosses our threshold. It’s a non exclusionary practice,” said Principal Hancock Middle and High School Ezekiel Ohan.

Some have traveled to the sandy spring beaches of the south for the past week or so. Others have stayed home and got caught up on household chores, and all will be back in the classroom Monday.

“What I try to do is make sure that we have a lot of fun, because I’ve found that the more fun we have in class, the more the students retain the information,” said History Teacher Hancock High School Matt Griffith.

“I really didn’t think I wanted to do education, but really found that I love it,” said Sprague.

“That’s why we’re in education and that’s why I’m so proud to be a part of Hancock Public Schools, because we’ve taken on this mission, this daily grind,” said Ohan.

“There are plenty of teachers who have great relationships with their students, but I have a little different perspective in getting them prepared to go out into the real world and deal with real people that not necessarily are easy to deal with all of the time,” said Sprague.

With less snow on the ground and roadways, motorists have a tendency to drive a little faster this time of year, and it’s important to stay aware of school bus crossings as they will be back out on the road next week.

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