Jonathan Stern was nominated by his colleague, Dan Hyliard.
"Mr. Stern is an advocate and voice for the underserved, underrepresented, and less privileged in Ann Arbor. He goes out of his way for others in a way I have never seen in any educator," said Hyliard. "I have watched him tirelessly provide meals for those without food. I have watched him find resources for our undocumented citizens during moments when their families are being torn apart. He has spent hours listening to those families most in need because of the trauma they have experienced. I have seen students who would never open up to an adult feel comfortable to share with him that they are homeless, in need, and too afraid to ask anyone else for help. He eliminates all barriers to help others. He is the model of empathy."