GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec.
middle school teacher at Excel Charter Academy, Lindsey Lautenbach, won the
Excellence in Teaching award from National Heritage Academies (NHA).
president and CEO of NHA, Chip Hurlburt, made the surprise announcement at a
school assembly on Thursday, Dec. 10.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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).
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