Community Press Release – HCU 12th Annual Teacher Awards

Honor Credit Union Announces Winners of 12th Annual Teacher Awards

Berrien Springs, MI – November 23, 2021

Honor Credit Union is happy to announce the 12th Annual Teacher Award winners. With each year that passes, the Annual Teacher Awards continues to grow. 2021 proved to be a record-breaking year with over 1,200 entries from educators submitting a short essay explaining how they would use an additional $200 to better their students’ education.

Honor kicked off the 2021 Annual Teacher Awards in August by announcing 70 teachers would receive $200 each to use towards their classrooms. However, after receiving over 500 more entries than the previous year, Honor’s team members chose an additional 32 Honorable Mention winners who would receive $100 each. The giveback, however, did not stop there. Seeing the impact Honor could make for teachers and their students was invaluable. Honor’s Community Assistant Vice Presidents selected an additional 11 teachers who would receive various classroom supplies to help fill requests, totaling the number of awarded teachers to 113.

  • $200 Teacher Award Winner:
    • Melissa Calvillo (Buchanan Community Schools)
  • $100 Honorable Mention Winner:
    • Kelly Smith (Buchanan Community Schools)
  • Extra winner who received classroom supplies, etc.:
    • Nicole Hughes (Buchanan Community Schools)

The following 70 educators to receive $200 have been blindly selected as the winners of the 12th Annual Teacher Awards:       

  • Erika Zimmer (Allegan Public Schools)
  • Jose Diaz (Andrews Academy)
  • Kara Malone (Battle Creek Public Schools)
  • Katherine Cape (Battle Creek Public Schools)
  • Becky Jackson (Branch ISD)
  • Steven Kreichauf (Benton Harbor Area Schools)
  • Alicia Silva (Benton Harbor Charter School Academy)
  • Tamara Nelson (Berrien Springs Public Schools)
  • Amanda Harris (Berrien RESA)
  • Angela Roeder (Brandywine Community Schools)
  • Ashley Vincentini (Bridgman Public Schools)
  • Madison Singer (Bridgman Public Schools)
  • Melissa Calvillo (Buchanan Community Schools)
  • Justin Brown (Calhoun Intermediate School)
  • Courtney Gallup (Coldwater Public Schools)
  • Jessica LaPine (Community Action Alger- Marquette)
  • Linda Douglas (Countryside Academy)
  • Allyson Rigler (Eau Claire Public Schools)
  • Amanda Solloway (Cassopolis Public Schools)
  • Daniel Roberts (Coloma Community Schools)
  • Jenn Adduci (Decatur Public Schools)
  • Kristen McLouth (Decatur Public Schools)
  • Reggie Fritz (Dowagiac Union Schools)
  • Susan Grear (Dowagiac Union Schools)
  • Suzanne Brooks (Dowagiac Union Schools)
  • Denise Halgren (Edwardsburg Public Schools)
  • Kaylan Wiemuth (Edwardsburg Public Schools)
  • Rebecca Coleman (Edwardsburg Public Schools)
  • Erin Carlin (Gobles Public Schools)
  • Dan Turecky (Gwinn Area Community Schools)
  • Elizabeth Henry (Gwinn Area Community Schools)
  • Monique Moore (Gwinn Area Community Schools)
  • Amanda Schultz (Harper Creek School District)
  • Brandy Meiser (Heritage Southwest ISD)
  • Tara Lutz -Wilkins (Hopkins Public Schools)
  • Heather Swanson (Ishpeming School District)
  • Chantel Heimerl (Ishpeming-Negaunee-NICE)
  • Jill Plesko (Kalamazoo RESA)
  • Jamie Lange (Lakeshore Public Schools)
  • Leah Reusser (Lakeshore Public Schools)
  • Sandra Blough (Lakeshore Public Schools)
  • Katelyn Pulver (Lowell Area Schools)
  • Jen Erickson (Marquette Area Public Schools)
  • Mary Bengry (Marquette Area Public Schools)
  • Peggy Lagina (Marquette Area Public Schools)
  • Samantha McClusky (Marshall Public Schools)
  • Krista Squiers (Negaunee Public Schools)
  • Danika Loeffler (New Buffalo Area Schools)
  • Elizabeth Grow (Niles Public Schools)
  • Melissa Garrett (Otsego Public Schools)
  • Mindy Brennan (Paw Paw Public Schools)
  • Tracy Keesee (Plainwell Community Schools)
  • Amber French (Parchment School District)
  • Kristen Wick (Portage Public Schools)
  • Michelle Koneff (River School Sodus)
  • Rose Montie (River Valley School District)
  • Amber Lange (Saint Joseph Public Schools)
  • Anita Wright (South Haven Public Schools)
  • Jennifer Brooks (South Haven Public Schools)
  • Julie Sheppard (South Haven Public Schools)
  • Linda Brzezinski (South Haven Public Schools)
  • Kim Keeler (Springport Public Schools)
  • Jeff Weiss (Trinity Lutheran School)
  • Ben Kinnison (Union City Community Schools)
  • Jill Boudrie (Vicksburg Community Schools)
  • Shannon Vallier (Vicksburg Community Schools)
  • Amy Mroczek (Waldron Area Schools)
  • Angelina Cooper (Watervliet Public Schools)
  • Carolyn Simmons (Watervliet Public Schools)
  • Linda Zuniga (Watervliet Public Schools)

To find a complete list of winners, including Honorable Mentions, visit

About Honor Credit Union: Honor Credit Union is proud to serve more than 91,000 members across the state of Michigan. Providing solutions for financial success and giving back to the communities it serves remains the driving forces behind Honor Credit Union.

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