Lake Orion Community Schools named its 2018 Elementary Teacher of the Year, Blanche Sims first-grade teacher Andrea Wayne.
A 16-year LOCS staffer, Wayne's impact reaches through the years.
"One of the things that really stands out to me from Mrs. Wayne, going inot her classroom or just walking by, is the excitment for leanring in her classroom," Blanche Sims principal Ken Nuss said. "Her kids are always involved, doing different things, actively participating."
Wayne is a 2001 Oakland University graduate in reading and language arts, who also has a master's from Oakland in 2007.
"She is really in it for the kids and she puts everything, her whole self into what's best for kids," fellow Sims first-grade teacher Jaime Lovely said. "She goes above and beyond and meets with kids after shcool and help them to the best of their ability."
Nominated by a student from last year, Max Trumbull, Wayne's steady approach works well with the students.
In the nomination, Trumbull's mother, Jillian, noted Wayne's ability to adapt to different circumstances.
"Mrs. Wayne puts each student’s individual needs as her top priority," Jillian Trumbull wrote. "For us it was helping our son make new friends. She valued his friendships with his peers just as much as his schooling. We were impressed by Mrs. Wayne's ability to understand our son so quickly in a class so large and with children who require more attention."
Max shared: "Mrs. Wayne is like a best friend because she is super nice and she cares about all her students. We do lots of fun things in her class to help us learn. One of the best times in her class was when she took us on a fieldtrip to an old school. I got to learn and be with my friends at the same time.
"Another reason I like Mrs. Wayne is that she always keeps of safe and takes care of us. She always kept us calm so we didn’t worry about things."
Wayne is now in the running for the Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, which includes a $2,000 cash prize from the Oakland Schools Education Foundation.