A Calhoun County educator identified for her ability to make learning entertaining for her college students has been honored with an Excellence In Training award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Virginia Platek, is a ninth quality English and AP language and composition instructor at Battle Creek Central Large Faculty. The college is section of Battle Creek Public Universities.

The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence In Training awards in 2014 to recognize outstanding public-college educators across the condition during the college calendar year.

Winners of the weekly award receive a plaque, a $1,500 cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, university, or school district. A person of the weekly winners will be picked as the Educator of the Calendar year and will acquire a $10,000 cash prize.

Every single winner also is highlighted in a information section on the Lottery’s media companion stations: WXYZ-Television set in Detroit, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, FOX 47 in Lansing, and WNEM-Television set in Saginaw. The information phase showcasing Platek will air this evening.

Platek stated she has constantly acknowledged she wanted to be a trainer.

“I’ve normally identified I preferred to be a teacher. I struggled with mental wellbeing complications when I was a pupil and I found that my lecturers would pretend the dilemma wasn’t there. I didn’t want an individual else to go as a result of what I did. As a instructor, I do my most effective to know my college students and figure out when they are having difficulties. I really don’t ignore their struggles. I want them to know there is hope and irrespective of any psychological well being concerns, they can even now be thriving.”

Platek’s most loved exercise to do with students is read Romeo and Juliet.

“I adore studying Romeo and Juliet with my pupils. I divide the class in two, the Montagues and the Capulets, and they make points for beneficial habits throughout the device. At the close, the ‘family’ with the most details earns a reward. Yet another beloved action our school did was a parade to help learners that graduated through the COVID-19 pandemic. Considering that the learners couldn’t appear together to celebrate, university personnel decorated their cars and formed a caravan that drove previous each graduating senior’s house in the district. We blared new music and whooped and hollered. It was these a joyful second.”

Platek’s nomination cited her potential to make mastering pleasurable and interesting for her college students.

“Virginia has generally been able to relate to middle college and large college college students. She has a way of building mastering enjoyable and interesting. When her students get started to read through some of the needed books, she finds a way to existing them that would make the learners want to browse them.

“Before her recent position, she worked at superior universities with challenge learners. She would discuss to and operate with the learners right up until they commenced undertaking the operate and they normally finished up passing their lessons at the finish of the 12 months. Each individual yr she has pupils come up to her and say: ‘you are the most effective trainer we ever had.’ She often usually takes on added courses if they are shorter academics and indicators up for extracurricular pursuits with the pupils. She has also worked summer season college and signed up to educate a higher education study course this summer. Virginia was diagnosed with A number of Sclerosis two a long time back and regardless of the challenges she faces, she stays focused to her learners each individual working day.”

Platek gained a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and master’s diploma from Grand Valley Condition University. She has been an educator for 9 many years, the previous 5 in her existing position.

Excellence in Instruction award nominees are evaluated on the next criteria:

  • Excellence – Their do the job continuously aids pupils and/or their universities or college districts progress to higher amounts of tutorial achievement.
  • Devotion – They continually go higher than and over and above anticipations to aid college students be successful.
  • Inspiration – Their function evokes some others about them to exceed expectations both academically or professionally.
  • Management – They reveal very clear management expertise in their positions with their university or college districts.
  • Performance – The nominee’s operate has crystal clear and good final results on the educational progression of learners within just the university or college district.