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Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider (MI)

Roseville teachers are 'outstanding'
Maria Allard C & G Staff Writer  
Published: May 14, 2008
ROSEVILLE - Roseville High School teacher Jason Bettin is an educator who's always there for his students even outside the classroom. One school year, he spent 12 hours on a Saturday afternoon looking for a student who ran away from home.

"In the end, the young lady was safe and sound, and worked things out with her parents," RHS Principal Pete Hedemark said.

Because of that type of commitment to his students, Bettin was one of three Roseville Community Schools named in this year's Newsweek/ WDIV Outstanding Teacher Award program. Also honored for the 2007-2008 school year were Fountain Elementary School kindergarten teacher Katherine Clulo and Roseville Junior High School math teacher Ryan Hansen. The teachers were recognized at a school board meeting May 5. While Clulo and Hansen were present, district Deputy Superintendent Rebecca Visil said Bettin couldn't attend because of a death in the family.

Bettin teaches social studies and Advanced Placement U.S. history. He's known for using different teaching strategies to meet students' needs. Athletics also is a large part of his career. Bettin has coached the varsity boys swim team for five years and the varsity girls swim team for six years.

"He drives the students to achieve more and more. That's what our vision is all about," Hedemark said. "He's always

pushing the kids to give a little more."

Clulo has been with the district 17 years. She is well-versed in early childhood education and the kindergarten curriculum.

"She's a master teacher. I'm very fortunate to work with her," Fountain Principal Judy Claseman said. "Her students have an enthusiasm for learning. She knows 5-year-olds. She knows them very well."

Clulo has piloted several curriculum programs, mentored new teachers, is a member of the Michigan Science Teachers Association, and is being trained for Great Exploration in Math and Science.

Clulo was appreciative of the award and thanked her husband and son - who were in the audience - for their support. She also thanked the district "for giving me this wonderful opportunity and trusting me to teach." She also held up a quilt featuring a class picture of her students that was made for her.

RJHS Principal Paul Schummer had kind words for Hansen.

"Ryan is truly a standout," Schummer said. "It's been a pleasure watching him grow. Ryan has a phenomenal relationship with his kids. He's creative. With Ryan, teaching is more than a job. It's a calling."

The math teacher uses a number of instructional strategies, including collaborative action research, an interactive student Web page with videos he designed, white boards and many hands-on lessons.

Hansen has been known to visit students who are ill or in the hospital. He also tutors students before school, during lunch and after school on a regular basis.

"It is an absolute pleasure and honor to win an award such as this," Hansen said.

Vasil said the Outstanding Teacher Award program has existed many years, and parents, staff members or the occasional student can nominate a teacher. An elementary, junior high and high school teacher are chosen every year A framed picture of the three RCS teachers will hang with past recipients in the district's administration building.

You can reach Staff Writer Maria Allard at allard@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1045.

Caption:Photos by Michelle Figurski Fountain Elementary School kindergarten teacher Katherine Clulo displays a blanket of her students that was made for her Clulo was one of three Roseville Community Schools teachers named in this year's Newsweek/ WDIV Outstanding Teacher Award program.

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