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Another APS teacher receives Excellence in Education Award

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The Michigan Lottery has recognized another teacher from Alpena Public Schools with its weekly Excellence in Education Award.

Bob Thomson, a seventh and eighth grade teacher at Thunder Bay Junior High School has been honored with the award, and recently received a plaque, a $1,500 cash prize, and a $500 grant for his classroom, school or district.

A colleague nominated Thomson for the award, describing him as a “go-getter who is excited about teaching and shows it through the outstanding activities and lessons he presents to his students.

“Throughout my education, from childhood into becoming a young adult, I have had teachers and coaches step up and help me,” said Thomson. “My goal as an educator has been to create those opportunities for my own students. I see each day as an opportunity to help students find their passion.”

In addition to the cash prizes, Thomson was featured in a news segment on TV stations in Grand Rapids and Lansing Tuesday. The same segment will air on stations in Saginaw and Detroit Thursday.

At least one other teacher at Alpena Public Schools has earned the lottery award. Kellie Poli received it in October 2014, when she was teaching at Lincoln Elementary School.