Onaway teacher finalist for state award

ONAWAY — Onaway High School teacher Kymberli Wregglesworth was named Regional Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Department of Education.

Wregglesworth is one of 430 teachers in the state to be nominated. She is now one of 10 finalists to become Michigan Teacher of the Year.

“I’m really honored to have been chosen. I know there are so many deserving teachers across Michigan the odds are against me. I’m still shocked it happened,” she said.

Wregglesworth has been a teacher for 20 years, all of them in Onaway. She teaches high school social studies and civics classes.

“I love teaching high school and love working with teenagers,” she said.

Teenagers are at a stage in their life where they have ideals of where they want their life to go, but they’re also realistic about the world, she said.

“They usually have fantastic ideas about the problems in our country and the community and the world. I think the way the world is now they are going to be change makers. I get to work with the next generation of changemakers every day and hopefully I can help guide them through that,” she said.

Superintendent Rod Fullerton said it’s a good honor for Wregglesworth and she’s a good teacher.

“She’s a very intelligent lady that is willing to share her craft,” Fullerton said.

He said she interacts well with the kids and she connects well with the students.

Next week the nominees will interview with a panel of statewide education stakeholders to determine the 2018-19 statewide Michigan Teacher of the Year. The teacher of the year then attends State Board of Education meetings as a non-voting member to share a teacher’s voice with state board members.

“It’s going to be a stiff competition. I know some of the other nominated teachers. It’s an honor to be in the same group as those other teachers,” she said.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.