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Posted on Mon, Dec 27, 2010 : 12:45 p.m.

Ten Saline teachers named local Wal-Mart teachers of the year

By Lisa Allmendinger

Ten Saline teachers were recently recognized for their outstanding efforts at a recent Saline school board meeting and were named local Wal-Mart teachers of the year.

According to the store's website, local teacher of the year honorees receive $1,000 for their school, and a $100 gift card to buy supplies for their classroom. They also receive an honorary Teacher of the Year shirt and a personalized certificate. Plus, local winners are invited to apply for state honors as well.

“We have an extremely talented faculty here in Saline,” said Scot Graden, superintendent of schools. “So it’s a wonderful honor for them to be selected.”

He said the teachers were chosen by individual building principals and “exemplify what great teaching is all about. Each one has shown a dedication to our community and it is great to be able to recognize their talents and contributions.”

Honored were:

  • Mary Ellen Moyski, a Saline Middle School eighth grade English teacher.
  • Beth Russow, a Saline High School special education teacher.
  • Josh Reeves, a Saline High School pre-calculus and honors advanced algebra teacher.
  • Kevin McCown, a Heritage School fourth and fifth grade art teacher.
  • Joanne Twork, a Pleasant Ridge Elementary School kindergarten teacher.
  • Pam Wickman, a Pleasant Ridge Elementary School media center specialist.
  • Marcie Klump, a Harvest Elementary School second grade teacher.
  • Diane Junga, a Woodland Meadows first grade teacher.
  • Mary Ledford, a Woodland Meadows second grade teacher.
  • Brad Woehlke, a Saline Alternative High School special education and physical education teacher.

Lisa Allmendinger is a reporter for She can be reached at For more Saline stories, visit our Saline page.



Sun, Jan 2, 2011 : 11:44 p.m.

How about this....Congratulations to those who were is wonderful to know that such caring people are working with our children and there are many more in the district giving our children a wonderful education.


Tue, Dec 28, 2010 : 11:16 p.m.

Why are pricipals selecting the teacher of the year, I think parents should have a vote as well. I absolutely love Wal Mart and shop their all the time but find it rather funny that Saline School teachers ( or for that matter any public school teachers) would accept an award from Wal Mart. The MEA and the SEA hate Wal Mart. Just love it, they hate Wal Mart but Wal Mart gives Saline schools ten grand. Badda Boom Badda Bing! Shows how stupid "hating" Wal Mart can be!


Tue, Dec 28, 2010 : 6:12 p.m.

Took away all those high paying jobs at Busch's


Tue, Dec 28, 2010 : 2:35 p.m.

Is this tainted money/reward? The last time I checked Wal-Mart loves to enter small-town America (& elsewhere), create (minimum wage) jobs at the expense of local businesses, and then tell us they are "giving back" to us. How about supporting local businesses, paying a bit more in prices, and know that profits aren't being syphoned off for Wall Street?