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63nd Annual Gerstacker Awards

These teacher proficiency awards are made possible through the generous support of the Carl and Esther Gerstacker Donor-Advised Fund at the Midland Area Community Foundation.

Four awards are given to Midland Public Schools teachers every spring for “Excellence in Teaching.” Two of the awards are made to elementary teachers (K-5), and two awards are given to secondary teachers (6-12). Recipients receive a cash award to be used for travel, continuing education, research in education or other appropriate purposes, together with an engraved permanent testimonial to their exceptional professional merit.

Any person who has served continuously for a period of three or more years in a position requiring a Michigan certificate for teaching is eligible for the award.


The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Nominations can be made by filling out the online nomination form or by sending a personal letter to Brad Blasy, Midland Public Schools, 600 E. Carpenter Street, Midland, MI 48640.

Nominations filed each year expire with the announcement of the honorees for that year. Anyone who submitted a nomination in the past is encouraged to re-submit the nomination this year.

Awards Ceremony

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Midland Public Schools’ Central Auditorium (305 E. Reardon).

2018 Proficiency Awards Committee

The Awards Committee consists of a member of the Board of Education, the president of the Midland City Education Association (MCEA), the chairperson of the MCEA Professional Standards Committee, an MPS Administrator and a Gerstacker recipient from the previous year.

  • Brad Blasy - Board of Education Trustee
  • Mark Hackbarth - President of the Midland City Education Association
  • Amy Guzman - Chair, MCEA Professional Standards Committee
  • Penny Miller-Nelson – Coordinator of Secondary Instruction
  • Joel Mikusko – Midland High School Teacher

Read the Announcement

Online Nomination Form

Past Gerstacker Proficiency Award Recipients

Have a question or comment?

Please contact our Superintendent’s office for more information about the Gerstacker Awards.
Cindy Young
Administrative Assistant
(989) 923-5026