Awards Red

     Monday night, David Mellor received “Educator of the Year”
                        by the Washtenaw County Farm Bureau

Borrowed from their Facebook page:

Our Educator of the Year award recognizes an educator’s efforts to incorporate agriculture and natural resources into the school curriculum both in K-12 classrooms or in Agriscience Career and Technical Education programs. This year’s Washtenaw County Farm Bureau’s recipient is David Mellor the agriscience teacher and FFA advisor at Saline High School, where he’s been working with students since 1999. He has a very active FFA chapter at Saline and teaches a variety of topics which often times lead students to lifelong careers. Mr. Mellor has more students receive state FFA proficiency awards, state degrees and star state farmer awards than any other teacher in Michigan. The agriscience program at Saline has been awarded more than $75,000 in grants to build an environmental learning center, school greenhouse and indoor hydroponics program.

Dave was awarded the Honorary State Degree in 2003 and the Honorary American FFA Degree for his work at the FFA state and national level. In 2010, the Saline Ag Science program was awarded the Educational Excellence Award by the Michigan Association of School Boards. In 2017 the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources presented Dave with the Agriscience Teacher of the Year award, recognizing him for his work in his community, region and state in promoting the National FFA Organization’s vision. Dave and his students have been involved with Farm Bureau events, such as: Project RED, the Farm Safety Day, and the Ag-vocacy Breakfast, Ag in the Classroom, and National Ag Week.

Dave, thank you for your dedication to educating our youth about agriculture!


Their county president, Grant Reiff, presented the award to David at our annual meeting on Monday evening. Help us congratulate David Mellor on this well deserved honor.


          Kara Stemmer Recognized as Exceptional Educator

Our Marketing Teacher, Kara Stemmer, received recognition from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce as an exceptional educator in April!  Mrs. Stemmer received a check for $500 towards her program and was surprised by a contingency of Chamber members in her classroom on March 16th.  She was initially called to Jody Gielinski’s office under the premise of reviewing the segments for the course.  In the mean time, Mary Visel  led 8 members to the Marketing classroom to wait for the big unveiling!  When Kara walked through the door, she was met with balloons and applause from her students!

Nominated by Visel, it was easy to focus on her many exceptional attributes!  Whether it is student led-student directed store operations, working the many hours preparing for home football and basketball games or holiday shopping for elementary students—Kara Stemmer is truly an exceptional educator!  Congratulations!