21.22 HPS Teacher of the Year

Jeffrey Klapper Selected as Howell Public Schools Teacher of the Year
Posted on 02/17/2022
Erin MacGregor, Jeff Klapper and Jason Schrock2/17/2022 - Jeffrey Klapper, a mathematics teacher at Howell High School, has been selected as the 2021-2022 Howell Public Schools Teacher of the Year. During a school-wide webinar, Klapper was surprised with the award by Erin MacGregor, Howell Public Schools superintendent, Jason Schrock, Howell High School principal, and several of the students who nominated him, which allowed all of Howell High School to witness the surprise. Klapper's wife also joined the webinar to be part of the surprise. Klapper has been teaching in Howell Public Schools for nearly 18 years.

Klapper received ten nominations for the award, nine of which were from Klapper's students. The nominations highlighted his ability to make advanced placement courses fun and exciting. The students also mentioned his willingness to provide individual support to students during class, during flex time, and during his prep period. Several of the students also shared that Klapper is involved in many school activities and is known for his fun and friendly personality.

"Holy cow, I am struggling for words. Everything I think of sounds so self-deprecating or extremely cliché, so I will try to keep this short. I want to express my profound gratitude. I feel very blessed that Howell took a chance on a skinny math nerd that talked too fast 18 years ago. This has allowed me to work with the amazing kids and staff that I have had the privilege to call my students and colleagues these past years. I also want to thank our current school administration. I have never felt more encouraged and supported by my administrators as I have under the current staff," said Klapper. "I need to give a quick shout out to my awesome family, with special recognition to my wife, Jen. She is a fifth-grade teacher who knows the challenges and rewards of this job and is my biggest supporter. I'll go a little cliché to wrap things up. Since I know what goes into being an elementary educator, having watched my wife do more work than me, and seeing the amazing things my coworkers are doing in their classes on a daily basis, really elevates the honor of this award. Thank you all so much."

"Jeff epitomizes the characteristics of an outstanding teacher and is so deserving of this honor. He is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that his students are mastering the course work and have a deep understanding of the material," said MacGregor. "From the nominations he received, it is evident that Jeff takes the time to build relationships with his students, provides each student the individualized support they need, and creates an incredibly positive and fun classroom culture.”

"Jeff is an incredible educator who not only motivates his students but gets them excited about the math curriculum. He works tirelessly to support his students and ensure that they are mastering the content," said Schrock. "We are lucky to have him on the team at Howell High School."

A committee of 24 district stakeholders composed of teachers, support staff, parents, a central office administrator, a principal, an assistant principal, and a school board member was tasked with selecting this year's Teacher of the Year. Individually, committee members reviewed the support materials for the 105 certified teachers nominated for this year's award. Each committee member then voted for their top five nominees. On Tuesday, Feb. 8, the committee met virtually to review and discuss the top five Teacher of the Year nominees resulting from the initial vote. After discussing each outstanding nominee, each committee member voted for their top three choices. Following the vote, Klapper emerged as this year's winner.

Please join the entire Howell Public Schools community in congratulating Jeffrey Klapper on his extraordinary work and dedication to the students of Howell Public Schools. The Howell Board of Education will honor Klapper at its March meeting.
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