Meet Our Superior Educators.

Below you’ll meet an amazing group of educators. New educators are recognized on the 1st and 15th of every month of the school year. If you know an excellent educator, nominate them today!

Colleen Lajimodiere

October 2021 - Lake Linden-Hubbell Elementary

Mrs. Lajimodiere has been working at Lake Linden Hubbell Elementary school for 19 years. In those years, she has dedicated herself not only to the entire Elementary staff but most importantly, to the children. She is the first smiling face they see when they enter the school building, the one who offers hugs and Band-Aids when they have an ouchie from the playground, or the one who has the extra pair of mittens or snow pants when yours are too wet. Mrs. Lajimodiere tirelessly works to make sure the school runs smoothly. If that means staying late or coming in early, it is no problem. Hands down, the school would not run as smoothly without her.

Jacky Besonen

October 2021 - Ewen-Trout Creek Elementary

It is Jacky’s passion to teach students in the same school district she grew up attending. She will do anything she can to not only help students meet their fullest potential but drop everything to help in the community. She is an active member serving the community. Jacky coaches Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Junior High Girls basketball along with our elementary basketball teams. She wears so many hats to help ensure our school is able to provide the best for our students. I feel the list could go and on as I am sure I am missing a couple more hats within committees she is involved in.

J.R. Repp

September 2021 - Houghton Elementary

Houghton Elementary School is excited to celebrate the great work of J.R. Repp. Mrs. Repp brings great energy, passion and care to her students and our school. She is a leader among her peers and serves on the school's MTSS team. Mrs. Repp consistently makes a difference in students’ lives, and we are proud to have her on our team!

Theresa Amos

September 2021 - Ontonagon Area Schools

Theresa Amos is unequivocally the embodiment of an exemplary educator. Through a classroom that combines a love of learning with a culture of caring and support, she provides students with an experience that they will carry with them not only for the rest of their academic careers, but the rest of their lives. For everyone who has had a tough day - not just students but staff as well - Theresa is always there with a word of encouragement and the hope of a brighter tomorrow.


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Celebrating Superior Education

Thank you for being here and supporting our educators. Superior Educators is a program of Portage Health Foundation with the guidance of educators from our four-county community of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.

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