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Anne Nitoski

Position: Social Studies Teacher
School: International Technology Academy
School District: School District of the City of Pontiac
City, State: Pontiac, MI

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Ms. Nitoski models lifelong learning, actively seeks professional development opportunities to hone her craft, and is always employing new strategies in the classroom to maximize student engagement. She has traveled throughout Europe studying the history and cultures she teaches, and she brings that knowledge back into the classroom through photographs and lessons to share with students. The lessons she teaches not only encompass her content area, but also include important life lessons about respect, responsibility, and the importance of citizenship. She has created a student-centered classroom environment that promotes inquiry, risk-taking, and individual success for all students. Students and staff are continually grateful for Ms. Nitoski's award-worthy instruction that inspires and motivates all who have the privilege of stepping into her classroom.

Ms. Nitoski has also developed outstanding rapport with staff members and parents. She is in constant contact with parents, ensuring they are involved in every step of their child’s education. She works extremely hard to keep the lines of communication open and positive. Ms. Nitoski also touches base with her colleagues on a daily basis, offering advice and effective strategies to increase student success in any classroom and content area.