Grosse Pointe North High School teacher named Michigan Teacher of the Year

(WXYZ) - A Grosse Pointe North High School science teacher was named 2013-2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year Thursday.

Out of the 16 regional semifinalists from around the state, the Michigan Department of Education chose to recognize Gary Abud, Jr. for this award.

Perks that come along with this honor are getting a seat in the State Board of Education's monthly meetings, taking part in discussions on progressing Michigan's educational system, a $1,000 award to Grosse Pointe Public Schools which they can use to modernize education, a car for Abud to use during his tenure and a way to convey his story via blog.

Abud is not new to being honored. Just last year the Michigan Science Teachers Association awarded him the 2012 Science Teacher of Promise Award.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said that Abud is a prime example a great Michigan teacher. He sets the bar high and helps his students to excel in their studies.

Abud said that his main goal is to execute different methods of teaching in order to allow each student to learn effectively.

"It has been my philosophy that all students can learn and achieve in the classroom," he said. "Finding the right combination of strategies to match various learning styles is essential."

Grosse Pointe Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Harwood said Abud is "a teacher amongst teachers; an innovator of instruction, a supportive guide of knowledge, and a creator of dreams for students who wish to further explore their understanding of science."

Governor Rick Snyder expressed his appreciation toward Abud and all teachers for their devotion to the students and their careers.

"Teachers play an incredibly influential role in the lives of our children, helping to nurture their minds for learning and preparing them for success," Snyder said.


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