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Steve Foote, `82, was named 2010 Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Kent County Education Association during their Annual Spring Awards Banquet on May 4, 2010. The KCEA represents over 7,000 teachers and other education professionals at 20 schools in Kent County, Michigan. He was one of four GVSU alumni honored at the ceremony. Foote earned a Bachelor of Music Education from GVSU in 1982, and has been teaching ever since. He is currently the band director for Crestwood Middle School in the Kentwood Public School District, where he began in 1990. He was nominated for the award by a colleague who commended his teaching excellence and the lasting impact he has on his students. "Steve Foote is a master teacher and expert music educator. He works very hard to ensure that every student he teaches is successful by making a personal connection with each one," cited nominator Jason Proctor, '01. Foote was also recognized for his exponential impact on the education world through mentorship of future educators. He regularly takes on student teachers from Grand Valley who continue to seek his advice long into their own careers. As evidence of his commitment to all students, as well as the respect he has gained from his peers, last year Foote was asked to transfer to another school within his district. A longtime colleague, Kristen Bielski, had entrusted him with her flourishing band program while she fought and unfortunately lost a battle with cancer. Foote accepted the award in tribute to Bielski and in gratitude for all those who have taught and supported him throughout his career, including wife Marcia (Beckwith) Foote, '78, and sons Chris, Eric and Nathan. The family resides in Caledonia, Michigan. Other GVSU alumni honorees include, Ami (Curtis) Taylor, '95, second grade teacher at Walker Station Elementary who was named Lower Elementary Teacher of the Year. Jerry Czarnecki, '97 & '01, math teacher at Kelloggsville High School, and Kristin Schutte, '99, English teacher at Lowell High School, shared the distinction of High School Teacher of the Year. Added May 2010


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