Honor Credit Union announces winners in 10th Annual Teacher Awards

BERRIEN SPRINGS, MI (November 26, 2019) — Honor Credit Union is thrilled to announce the winners of the 10th Annual Teacher Awards. After a difficult blind selection process, Honor team members selected 40 winners who each received $100 to use in their classroom or school.

Entrants submitted a short essay explaining how they would use the money to better educate their students. Nearly 600 submissions were received throughout Honor’s 24 local member center communities. The winners were selected based on their submission and classroom needs.

The 10th Annual Teacher Award winners are:

Elise Millmier (Allegan Public Schools)
Julie Ziemelis (Allegan Public Schools)
Lindsay Bannatyne (Allegan Public Schools)
Mark Meyers (Bangor Public Schools)
Terrin Boe (Battle Creek Public Schools)
Laura McWethy (Battle Creek Public Schools)
Andrea Lemon (Berrien RESA)
Mica Borden (Berrien Springs Public Schools)
Lynne Listenberger (Brandywine CommunitySchools)
Jillian Klunder (Bridgman Public Schools)
Jessica Leenhouts (Buchanan CommunitySchools)
Katherine Cattes (Coloma Community SchoolDistrict)
Kathy Hollacher (Countryside Academy)
Pam Baker (Covert Public Schools)
Molly Dobberstein (Decatur Public Schools)
Karen Nuckels (Decatur Public Schools)
Alicia Stout (Dowagiac Union Schools)
Debora Barber (Dowagiac Union Schools)
Michelle Kubath (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church andSchool)
Laura Chang (Vicksburg Community Schools)
May Reed (Eau Claire Public Schools)
Amanda Kainulainen (Gwinn Area CommunitySchools
Kaitlin Rich (Ishpeming Public Schools)
Heidi Ellis (Kalamazoo Public Schools)
Johnette Kurina (Lake Michigan Catholic)
Loni Fleming (Lakeview School District)
Jesse Kainulainen (Marquette Area PublicSchools)
Lori Shivley (Marshall Public Schools)
Jacob Schmeltzer (Negaunee Public Schools)
Jodi Johnson (Negaunee Public Schools)
Heather Sokoloski (Otsego Public Schools)
Melissa Garrett (Otsego Public Schools)
Lisa Koop (Portage Public Schools)
Terri Adriance (Portage Public Schools)
Jennifer Longardner (Quincy CommunitySchools)
Tina King (Redwood Elementary School)
Rose Montie (River Valley School District)
Kristin Morlock (Riverside Hagar #6 School)
Sawyer Duncan (Vicksburg Community Schools)
Jess Swackhamer (Village SDA School)

Honor Credit Union is committed to staying true to its roots in supporting local schools and teachers, and the Annual Teacher Awards is just one of the many ways Honor gives back throughout the year. The 11th Annual Teacher Awards will begin in August 2020. To learn more about Honor’s involvement in the schools, visit

AlleganHS-Lindsay Bannatyne with Cindy Ritz of Honor.

Jesse Kainulainen- Marquette Alternative High School with Jamie Gollakner.

Marshall High School Teachers Award-Lori Shivley.

Jillian Klunder-Bridgman Elementary School, Thomas Newnum Honor.

Minges Brook Elementary Teacher Award for Crayons-Susan Miller & CAVP from Honor, Jenni Cordova.

About Honor Credit Union

Honor Credit Union is a non-profit, full-service financial institution serving over 110,000 members in 28  member center communities throughout western and northern Michigan.  Providing solutions for financial success and giving back to the communities we serve remain the driving  forces behind Honor Credit Union. For more information, call 800.442.2800, or visit


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800.442.2800, ext. 9205    

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