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Galles earns FCS Award

Michelle Galles earns Teacher of the Year

Sheree Moser, FCS Awards Chair

September 20, 2014

                        Each summer at the annual Nebraska Career Education Conference in Kearney, the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska (FCSTN) organization recognizes individuals who have contributed positively to our profession. This year the banquet was held on Wednesday, June 4th at the Younes Conference Center and six awards were presented for Teacher of the Year at different time frames during careers, Special Service, Past President, and Business Partner.  The awards are a surprise for each recipient and family is invited to attend the event. Over 100 members of the organization also attend and recognize retiring and professionalism with the Developer Award, a self-nomination involving activities completed during the calendar year.

                        The Teacher of the Year (TOY) award for having 1-5 years of experience was awarded to Michelle Galles. Michelle graduated from Wayne State College in 2012 and spent her first 2 years of teaching in Randolph Public Schools.  She moved into the position inheriting the FCCLA District 7 Adviser duties and two state officers. The impact she has had on the students, community, and administration. Her cooperating teacher, Carol Erwin said that Michelle was already teaching her ways to learn and grow new things while she was student teaching.  Mrs. Erwin noted the encouragement she received from Michelle when applying for a position to teach at the post-secondary level.

            Michelle has been a member of FCSTN for the past two years and volunteered to help with the bucket auction this past year. She is quick to step up and volunteer to do what it takes to support her students and our profession. Cheryl Gustafson said she added new aspects and ideas during the planning of the District 7 fall conference. She is seen as a mature professional for her years and takes on extra work and responsibilities with ease. She is conscientious, honest, motivated and admired by her students and fellow teachers. Her Principal, Dennis Bazata said he considers Michelle to be a true professional. Her enthusiasm for her students is contagious and she continuously operates in their best interest.

            Michelle has already accomplished much in a very short time, so is very deserving of this award. She is very deserving of this award!


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