Ferndale Public Schools today announced Michelle Morden, a science teacher at Ferndale Middle School, as its 2020 Teacher of the Year winner for exemplary service to her students. She was also awarded a vehicle lease of her choice by The Suburban Collection.
Morden creates an environment in her classroom that focuses on student engagement and learning, according to district officials. She uses data to inform instructional practice, and intentionally works to maintain strong student relationships.
“She is one of the hardest working teachers that I have ever had the opportunity to work with,” said Seth Petty, principal of Ferndale Middle School. “She is a woman of integrity, a true building leader, and a consummate professional who maintains high expectations and works strategically to address student equity.”
“The teachers in our communities give so much of themselves to ensure their students – our children – can succeed and reach their full potential,” said David Fischer, Jr., president and CEO of The Suburban Collection. “We feel so fortunate we can help recognize and show our gratitude to these extraordinary individuals who leave a lasting impact on the lives of their students."
Morden will have the opportunity to choose from 15 eligible vehicles from one of several Suburban Collection dealerships in her community, including: Suburban Buick GMC – Ferndale and Suburban Ford of Ferndale. The Suburban Collection expanded the list of eligible vehicles beginning this year.
“Each year I count my blessings,” Morden said. “I truly love what I do. I’m so grateful and humbled.”
This year marks the 18th anniversary of The Suburban Collection’s partnership in the Teacher of the Year program throughout the communities in which it serves. The automotive group will also be awarding vehicle leases to Teacher of the Year award winners from the following school districts: Birmingham, Clarkston, Cranbrook, Farmington/Farmington Hills, Novi, Sterling Heights, Troy and Waterford.