Royal Oak Schools

Outstanding Teachers of the Year

The School District of the City of Royal Oak recently announced the 2008-09 Outstanding Teachers of the Year:

Kara Daunt: 08-09 Elementary Teacher of the YearKara Daunt: 08-09 Elementary Teacher of the Year Deborah Taylor: 08-09 Middle School Teacher of the YearDeborah Taylor: 08-09 Middle School Teacher of the Year Kathy Eischeid: 08-09 High School Teacher of the YearKathy Eischeid: 08-09 High School Teacher of the Year

Ms. Daunt has been teaching in Royal Oak for eight years. She currently teaches the 4th grade at Helen Keller Elementary School.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University in Elementary Education and a Master's of Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University, Ft.  Lauderdale, Florida. In the nomination letter, Ms. Daunts' colleagues described her as "a fair minded teacher with a soothing personality...approachable, a good communicator and she leads by example".

Ms. Taylor has taught in Royal Oak for 13 years. She teaches 6th grade Science at Royal Oak Middle School.  Ms. Taylor has a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University and a Master's of Science from Wayne State University.  In nominating Ms. Taylor, her colleagues said "she creates an air of excitement around the activities she does with her students...and inspires those around her to work better, smarter and harder".

Ms. Eischeid has been teaching in Royal Oak for 18 years. She teaches Language Arts at Royal Oak High School. Ms. Eischeid has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Alma College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Oakland University.  According to her nomination, in the classroom, Ms. Eischeid "engages students at all levels providing all with a positive environment. Ms. Eischeid is dedicated to the welfare of the students, respected by her peers and is a valuable resource for younger staff members."

Each year Oakland Schools sponsors the Outstanding Teacher of the Year program to honor and recognize teachers who have achieved, through their efforts and example, the highest standards of excellence in their profession. In making the announcement,

Superintendent Thomas Moline said "All three of the Royal Oak Outstanding Teachers of the Year have demonstrated excellence in all areas of work with students, parents, colleagues and the community. Each has demonstrated excellence in motivating and engaging students, differentiating learning for students, and providing leadership to the school community."

These three teachers will represent the District as nominees for the Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Program. The nominees will be recognized at the Awards program in May. 

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