Saline Middle School science teacher Leigh Ann Roehm was recognized at last week’s Board of Education meeting. This year the Michigan Science Teachers Association named Roehm the Michigan Science Teacher of the year.
Saline Middle School Principal Brad Bezeau introduced Roehm at the board meeting.
“She’s certainly a fantastic teacher, but she’s just a fantastic person,” said Bezeau, who got to know Roehm when her children studied at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, where Bezeau was principal previous to this year. “Knowing her as a coach and mentor to our young people, she really is one of a kind.”
Roehm expressed gratitude for the chance to teach in Saline schools.
“The first people I want to thank are the students I get to work with every day. They are the heart and soul of why I do this and the reason I do what I do,” Roehm said. “But everything in this district has inspired me. Not just the students, but the parents, the community, the teachers who inspire me and push me every day, the administration I have that’s let me do some of the crazy things I want to try.”
Roehm said she should stand up and applaud all the teachers, students, administrators and board members in the room.
“I probably got this award because I work in the best school district in the state of Michigan,” she said.
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Steven Laatsch said Roehm is an innovative educator.
“She supports so many of our programs around the district. This is a well-deserved honor,” Laatsch said.
The Saline Post recently featured Roehm and her work in an article.