JULY 9, 2018 (LANSING, MICHIGAN) – Gaylord Middle School teacher Scott Doederlein received one of five Teacher of the Year awards June 22 from The American Legion at its 100th Annual Convention in Kalamazoo. More than 80 teachers were nominated for the award that recognizes educators who stand out in Competence, Community Involvement, and School Involvement in programs that include Patriotism, Americanism, and Community Service.
Doederlein has taught 7th – and 8th -grade science and social studies for 21 years. The school’s Veterans Day celebration draws nearly 600 veterans and community members hosted by the 500 students in a special patriotic salute. Each veteran in attendance is recognized and receives a gift, and after the ceremony the veterans depart through a tunnel of flags. Doederlein, a grandson of a World War II soldier, promotes patriotism and love of country through the classes he teaches, the sports he coaches and the life he lives, according to Gaylord School Superintendent Brian Pearson who nominated the teacher for the award.
Five teachers are awarded annually by The American Legion, Department of Michigan, one in each of its five zones. The other teachers recognized are Carla Young of Garden City Public Schools, Larry Quick of Lansing Community Schools, George Lasecki of Sandusky Community Schools, and Cathy Hill of Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools. . Each teacher is awarded a $500 grant for an education project of their choice.
In addition to recognizing the 2017-18 Firefighter of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Eagle Scout of the Year, and the Oratorical Contest winner, Legionnaires voted in 2018-19 Department Commander Steve Striggow and other department officers. Medal of Honor recipient and keynote speaker Jim McCloughan was also named the Legionnaire of the Year.