* Walled Lake Schools privatized transportation services, and currently contracts with Dean Transportation.
** Walled Lake Schools privatized custodial services, and currently contracts with Enviro-Clean.
Percent of teachers with advanced degrees: 80%
Notable Award-Winning Staff
Melody Arabo, third-grade teacher at Keith Elementary School, was named State Teacher of the Year. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan made the surprise announcement at the close of the 2013-14 school year. She is serving as State Teacher of the Year during the 2014-15 school year, meeting with teachers and administrators throughout the state, attending Michigan Board of Education meetings and meeting with state legislators. She will also meet President Obama. Arabo, a 12-year elementary teacher at Keith Elementary, and was nominated by Edie Schwartz, a Keith parent who said Arabo motivated her son to read.
Neb Stojkovic, Walled Lake Central HS teacher and coach, was the second-place teacher in the country in the national Kelly & Michael Top Teacher Search. Kelsey Prena, WL Central alumni, nominated Mr. Stojkovic who was the only Michigan teacher in the Top Teacher Search.
Dave Rogers, Walled Lake Central High School Marching Band director and teacher, and the WL Central Marching Band were selected to participate in the 2015 Macy’s Day Parade in New York City. Chuck Morgan, Principal, Walled Lake Central High School: “I am immensely proud of and happy for our students and staff, that we will be able to share with the entire country, via the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the accomplishments of our three-time State Championship Marching Band. The WL Central marching band could not be as successful without the wonderful support of the parent boosters, our outstanding district-wide music program, and the support of our entire school community.”
Marc Siegler, 20-year Walled Lake Consolidated School District Board of Education member, received the Dr. Seymour Gretchko Youth Advocate Award at the Greater West Bloomfield Annual Awards breakfast in 2014. Siegler was first appointed to the Walled Lake Schools Board of Education in 1994 and he has won five elections to continue to serve. His commitment to children and community and continuity of service is unsurpassed in the District.
Dr. Sheryl Kennedy, Geisler Middle School principal, won a Bammy Award which acknowledges outstanding educators in 2014.
Stephanie Doppke, WLTV supervisor at Walled Lake Western High School, was nominated for the Media Educator of the Year by Specs Howard School of Media Arts.
Kristin White, Walled Lake Western High School assistant principal, was honored by DePaul University for the impact she made on a student’s life. She will be featured in a video series about the teaching profession and she spoke at the Honors Convocation Ceremony at DePaul University in Chicago, Spring 2013.
Janet Allen, Food Service director, received commendations from the Michigan Department of Education for the District’s administration of the National School Lunch Program and its compliance with the new meal pattern. She is efficient, adheres to all state and federal Food Service mandates, and offers quality, nutritional school lunches for more than 21,000 students in both districts.
Elaine Peterson, Walled Lake Adult Education teacher, received an award for her outstanding contribution to adult and community education from the Oakland County Community and Adult Education Educators Association.
Cheryl Stamper, Sarah Banks Middle School kitchen manager, received the District 2013 Betty Campion Distinguished Support Service Award.
Bill Chatfield, Director of Operations, was named the PTSA Council’s Administrator of the Year, May, 2014.
Sandra Hodde and Kristie Hannan, Walled Lake Western High School English teachers were named Oakland Press’ Teachers of the Week, April, 2013.
Pam Shoemaker, technology curriculum developer received the MASB Education Excellence Award.
Shannell Eastman and Ken Miller, Walled Lake Central High School teachers were honored by Lawrence Technological University for the positive impact they have on high school students.
David Stanton, Sarah Banks Middle School assistant principal, earned his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree.
Mark Grattan, Walled Lake Northern High School teacher and coach was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, February, 2013.
Sheryl Brown, Ph.D., director of Special Services, was named the 2012 Oakland County Special Education Administrator of the Year. Dr. Brown has served the district for 21 years, with the last seven years as a director of Special Services.
Phil Pittman, Keith Elementary principal, received the 2012 Scholar of Excellence award from Eastern Michigan University for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.
Greg Cleveland, vocal music director, Walled Lake Western High School, was named 2011 Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s (MSVMA) State Honors Choir Director, Feb., 2011. He was also named the MSVMA Teacher of the year, in Dec., 2001 and was named TTBB State Honors Choir Director for the 2007-08 school year.
Ami Friedman, Ph.D., science teacher, Walled Lake Western High School, was named Walled Lake Schools’ International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme Coordinator. She celebrated with the first 25 WL Western students who received their IB Diplomas in 2014.
Jennifer Hart, CI teacher, Walled Lake Central High School, received the 2010 Commitment to Excellence Award from the Down Syndrome Guild and was named the 2010-11 VFW Post 4156 Teacher or the Year.