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Rochester teacher named Michigan Teacher of the Year – The Oakland Press

Kelley Cusmano of Rochester High School was named Michigan Teacher of the Year. She is also an advisor to students who showed her support after the announcement. Photo by RCS

Rochester School District teacher Kelley Cusmano has been named the 2024-25 Michigan Teacher of the Year by state Superintendent Michael F. Rice.

Rice surprised Cusmano with the award on May 7 during an assembly before 1,600 students and their colleagues at Rochester High School.

“Kelley is truly deserving of the Teacher of the Year award and we are proud of her for receiving this award,” said Josh Wrinkle, principal of Rochester High School. “Kelley is passionate, caring and tireless in her efforts to support our students. She is always looking for ways to motivate her students to achieve more than they ever imagined.”

Cusmano has been an educator for more than 18 years. She earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, a bachelor's degree in English, and a K-12 administrative certificate, all from Michigan State University.

“Rochester Community Schools is honored to celebrate Kelley Cusmano as Michigan’s Teacher of the Year,” said Interim Superintendent John Silveri. “In this role, Kelley has the opportunity to expand her reach as she advocates for students and the teaching profession. We couldn’t be prouder.”

Cusmano came to Rochester High School in 2008 as an English teacher. The following year, she took on the additional role of student council advisor – a position she has held for 15 years.

“I was completely stunned, overwhelmed and humbled when Dr. Rice made the announcement,” Cusmano said. “The presence of my students, colleagues and district administrators made the event very special.”

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