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Mr. Reckling named Macomb County’s 2019 Outstanding Junior High Teacher of the Year
Mr. Reckling named Macomb County’s 2019 Outstanding Junior High Teacher of the Year
Posted on 03/26/2019
Mr. Reckling with students

Utica Community Schools teacher Shayne Reckling has been named Macomb County’s 2019 Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Reckling, who teaches English at Bemis Junior High School, will be recognized at a special county-wide event April 17.

“The entire UCS community congratulates Mr. Reckling on this honor and celebrates his dedication to the success of every student,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “His calming and patient nature provides an environment conducive to meeting the needs of all learners.  Every child feels valued in Mr. Reckling’s class.”

An 18-year educator, Mr. Reckling describes his approach to teaching as providing his students an equitable experience where he is a model of acceptance and appreciation for all of his students. He is committed to using data to understand each student’s needs by providing personalized instruction and after-school support to ensure success.

He understands that academic success includes maintaining strong connections among parents and their children.  He continually fosters communication and teamwork with families as well as colleagues.  Known as a thoughtful colleague, Mr. Reckling is supportive of his peers and is always willing to share his own developed resources with them.

“My philosophy is a belief in potential.  Every child has potential for growth when he or she walks into the room,” Reckling said.

It is a teaching philosophy that resonates with his students.

I believe that Mr. Reckling deserves this award because he is an excellent teacher.  His classes are fun and interesting,” said Bemis Junior High School eighth-grader Allyson King. “Each day I come out of his class with a positive attitude.  I learn more and more every day I am in his classroom.”

Reckling was named by Dr. Johns as the UCS Outstanding Junior High Teacher of the Year earlier this month. Other UCS honorees are Flickinger Elementary teacher Darcy Mackenzie and Eisenhower High School Music Teacher Christopher Traskal. The teachers were honored at the March 11 Utica Community Schools Board of Education Meeting.

“We are proud to elevate and honor the profession of teaching by recognizing the dedicated educators,” Dr. Johns said. “The 1,400 members of the teaching staff inspire students to reach their full potential each day in classrooms that are welcoming, innovative and focused on achievement.”