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Excellence in Teaching Winner at Excel Charter Academy

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Excel_Pic 1.JPGGRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 18, 2015—A middle school teacher at Excel Charter Academy, Lindsey Lautenbach, won the Excellence in Teaching award from National Heritage Academies (NHA). 

The president and CEO of NHA, Chip Hurlburt, made the surprise announcement at a school assembly on Thursday, Dec. 10.

 “We believe in providing educational excellence to all of our students,” Hurlburt said. “This award is our way of recognizing the top performing teachers and saying ‘thank you’ for all of their hard work and dedication to ensure each child is achieving in the classroom.”

Every year, NHA celebrates the finest educators in its system of schools by highlighting outstanding teachers in four categories: Grades K-1, Grades 2-5, Grades 6-8, and co-curricular. There are 15 finalists in each category. The finalists are determined by a number of factors including student test scores, annual performance evaluations, and parent satisfaction data.

Lautenbach is a seventh-grade English language arts teacher at Excel. She has served as a teacher with NHA for 10 years. This is the second time she has been nominated for the award, and her first win.

“I feel humbled. I work with fantastic people; I am surrounded by role models and excellent teachers who work really hard for students every day. I’m incredibly blessed to work where I do,” Lautenbach said.

Excel Charter Academy Principal Dan Bartels said Lautenbach is an outstanding educator who builds wonderful relationships with students.Excel_Finalists_Admin 2.JPG

She has high expectations and helps students believe that they can be successful,” Bartels said. “She intentionally plans, delivers lessons with expertise, teaches with rigor, and inspires each student under her care to do their very best.”

 Along with Lautenbach, Excel Charter Academy also had three other finalists. They included: Paul Feldpausch, (6-8 category), Michelle Shephardson (6-8 category), and Matthew Sicilia (co-curricular). 

Excel Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is the first school opened by National Heritage Academies, which now operates 81 schools in nine states serving more than 55,000 children.





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