2017 Michigan Substitute of the Year presented by EDUStaff


Esther McCall was nominated by 19 individuals from Buchanan Elementary in Grand Rapids Public Schools because she is an extraordinary woman and teacher. Esther stepped in to long-term positions midway through the past two years to fill in during extreme crisis both years. She provided a smooth transition, consistency, guidance, compassion, structure, and care to her students when they needed it most.

EDUStaff received glowing nominations for Esther, including:

“Ms. McCall has been a true asset to our team, and she always goes the extra mile with our students – as well as being a great collaborator.”

“She is family and staff here at Buchanan Elementary. We would have been lost without her and the resources she brings. We are able to learn so much from her as an educator and as a graceful person.”

Esther began her professional career as a bookkeeper at a car dealership. She left the dealership to return to college. Life changes sent her back into the workforce and she spent the next 20 years working in the heavy truck component manufacturing industry as a bookkeeper, accounting analyst, and finished as a cost accountant at one of their manufacturing plants. The years of experience gained in the automotive industry led to a position in consulting that she pursued for the next ten years. Esther has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Esther started subbing at Grand Rapids Public Schools in 2009 for preschool to fifth grade classes. Her first long-term assignment was at Buchanan Elementary where she met the wonderful staff who she subs for frequently. She says she subs because she enjoys making a difference in the lives of the students. It is important to her to make a contribution to the lives of the students in the community. She believes in discipline, but fairness, and takes that into every classroom.

Esther was honored by Clark Galloway, President of EDUStaff, during an open Grand Rapids Public School Board meeting on June 5, 2017. She received a special trophy and an award for being selected as the 2017 Michigan Substitute of the Year.

EDUStaff Recognizes Outstanding Substitute Teachers

In conclusion of our National Substitute Teacher Recognition Week, the following individuals have been recognized as outstanding substitute teachers by the districts in which they serve:

Suzette Addison
Carrie Alcorn
Kevin Alles
Marilyn Emma Anderson
Evers Anderson
Jessica Ayers
Heather Barkman
Wendy Beardsley
Jennifer Bemis-Leathers
Anna Bensel
Thomas Bertrand
Lauren Bissell
Tracy Boerner
Cathy Bonnett
Michelle Boucher
Candice Brabaw
Kyle Bragg
Valerie Brown
Evan Burns
Lindsey Carlisle
Lois Carver
Leanne Chaplin
Jeannie Christensen
Kathy Clark
Robert Collins
Aliyah Cornish
Courtney Crocker
John Cross
Michelle D’Ambrosi
Sylvia Davidson
Antoinette DeFoe
Alexandra DiTrapani
Erin Downes
Helen Driver
Gerald Duffie
Valerie Dykstra
Bridget English
Linda Fairbanks
Morgan Ferris
Diane Forbes
Manny Fountain
Raquel Garciacano
Jessica Gast
Janet Gillespie
Lyndon Glaesman
Paul Groth
Sue Hale
Heidi Hannan
Herald “Roger” Hansbarger
Maureen Harmon
Pamela Hart
Norma Heagle
Brenda Herren
Casey Higgason
Faith Hintz
Robert “Bobby” Holley
Anna Hoover
Karin Hudson
Lauren Ireland
Bridget Jenkins
Cynthia Johnson
Bradley E Jones
Duane Joostberns
Mary Kallio
Cassandra Karr
Laura Kelly
Wanda Kester
Shaila Khan
Karilyn Klett
Ann Knoll
Marion Koleski
Elizabeth Kotnik
Wendy Kuechle
Lindsay Kurtz
Marcus Lade
Andrew Lark
Tanya Leach
Jill Leona
Kaylyn (Monica) Lindley
Jean Little
Wilma Lotterman
Marlene Luepke
John Mackie
Terri Manley
Wendi Mansfield
Heather Martin
Rachel McCarty
Diana McGarvey
Courtney McKinney
Michelle McVay
Lisa Miller
John Mitchell
Diane Mogdis
Lisa Morris
Marijane Mosher
Nancy Mueller
Rebecca Mumby
Bradney Napier
Mary Neff
Maria Nemetz
Kay Nicozisis
Jennifer Noakes
Kenneth Odle
Laura Page
Jada Parr
Laura Pearson
Christopher Peters
Michael Piccard
Machelle Powell
Wendy Pursley
Cora Reese
Sarah Richmond
Katelyn Riley
Barbara Rogers
Jennifer Ronning
Valerie Sacchetti
Shalanda Sandoval-Flores
Jennifer Schanz
Jennifer Schumaker
Cindy Serling
Kyle Shawhan
Julie Sienko
Melissa Sims
Stephanie Skinner
Ann Smith
Nicole D Smith
Debra Spencer
Mary Stanisz
Roya Stern
Olympiea Summers
Carolyn Thompson
Jackie Thorsby
Vito Tocco
Zachary Turner
Suellen Usiak
Veronica Vance
Stacey VanDenHout
Dayna VanderVeer
Richard Vaughn
Diane Villani
Adrian Walker
Jacob Warstler
Sandra Weber
Linda Weeks
Elizabeth Wendt
Cleon White
James Wiseman
Aaron Wright
Kyle Zill
MIchelle Zmich
Megan Aho
Erin Alderink
Debra Althouse
Alphonse Anderson
Jodi Andrzejewski
Lynne Bacon
Krista Batdorff
Daniel Bell
Mary Ann Bengtsson
Patrick Berg
Pallavi Betala
Lindi Bitter
Debbie Bogen
Nancy Boss
Deborah Bow
Ren Brace
Andrew Brawley
Denise Brown
Tameka Burrel
Susan Carlisle
Ruth Ceru
Jaime Cherfoli
Dawn Cole
Sarah Conklin
Elizabeth Cotter
Jeremy Crosby
Jane Curcuri
Connie Danke
Douglas De Leo
Andrew Denryter
Terri Dodge
Suzanne Drapeau
Hilary Duberstein
Bonnie Dunneback
Courtney Eaton
Therese Enriquez
Joshua Fairbrother
Holly Fisher
Anne Forbush
Staci Freyling
Mary Garske
Paul Gatesman
Laurie Ginther
Andrea Gorham
Patricia Gruber
Tammy Hall
Bonnie Hannan
Michele Hardy
Denise Harrison
Holly Hatter
Denise Hedlund
Amy Hess
Tracie Hill
Sarah Hitsman
Jennifer Hollowell
Laura Horaney
Amy Huizenga
Karen Jansen
Anna Jochum
Claude Johnson
Lynne Jones
Eric Jorgensen
Michelle Kapala
Kyle Kaufman
Lieselotte Kennedy
Brian Ketchum
Megan Kierce
Jason Klinger
Amy Koehler
Lori Koornneef
Jane Kronk
Gretchen Kuklo
Juliane Kushel
Sophie LaFond
Melanie Lason
Tylene Lee
Beth Lepley
Jennifer Lindner
Lynne Lloyd
Heather Lotzar
Susan Machin
Angela Mainhardt
Aric Manly
Kristy Marasco
Byron Maynard
Jack McCulley
John McKaig
Dorval (Mick) McLaughlin
Julie Meltzer
Erin M Miller
Jodie Mitchell-Beach
Jacquelyn Montalvo
Doug Morse
Melvin Moss
Carole Mueller-Brumbaugh
Anne Murkowski
Liesl Narbut
Rachel R Nelson
Jenny Neumann
Richard Niemann
Liliane Nogueira
Derek Ottenbaker
Alice Paille
Kathryn Paulon
Teresa Perry
Elena Petersen
Shanda Piet
Sharon Pratt
Shakel Raiford
Dana Rettell
Janice Riddle
Sherrie Roberts
Robin Rogers-Reef
Roger Rossman
Andrew Saelens
Amy Sanford
Kristin Scheneman
Christina Scott
Terry Shannon
Jeanne Sherman
Ernest Silverthorn
Jamie Sivak
Theresa Slaski
Nicholas Smith
Linda C Smith
Gretchen Spoelman
Tracy Start-Core
Leanna Stockoski
Calvin Tait
Linda Thompson
Tricia Tibbitts
Connie Tolger
Scarlet Turvey
Heather Van Huis
Connie VanCuren
Bethany VanderBerg
Meagan Vanover
Robert Venditti
Amy Vorhees
Kari Walters
John Watt
Shamesha Webster
Julie Weiler
Thomas Wentworth
Melvin Wimbley
Paula Witherow
Aleece Yancey
Pamela Zinkil
Kimberly Zuniga
Abagail Aiken
Terrie Allen
Carrie Anderson
Rhonda Anderson
Amanda Ash
Velda Balmer
Ali Bauer
Lisa Bell
Traci Bennett
Clyde Berry
Janice Biliti
Peggy Blumenstein
Ben Bollweg
Debbie Bouchard
Robin Boyer
Melissa Bradley
Stacey Brewer
Michael Burbank
Holly Caldwell
Wendy Carmack
Kellie Chaffee
Steven Chevalier
Thomas Chulig
Drew Collins
Sharon Cook
Judith Covey
David Cross
Lyneva Dalton
Michelle Danley
Darlene Deems
Carol Diamond
Sharon Doherty
Jodi Drews
Julie Dueweke
Michele Dykstra
Wendy Elsey
Austin Fabinski
Anne Feledy-DeVries
Anita Fobes
Sarah Fortner
Ashley Friedland
Olivia Gary
Pamela Geiger
Katherine Girschle
Nicol Grishkevich
Emily Guenther
Dorothy Hamilton
Ingrid Hannich
April Hardy
Dana Harrison
Diane Hatter
Philip Hengesbach
Mary Hickman
Tresa Hinton
Carolyn Hodge
Sheri Holman
Maria Horner
Janell Humble
Keith Jenkins
Nicole Johns
Terri Jones
Merrie Jones
Marina Juncaj
Kay Karcher
Wendy Keefe
Susan Kenny
James Keys
Rebecca King
Dara Knill
Laura Kolean
Holly Kopesky
Agnes Kuebler
Krista Kummler
Patricia Ladd
Carly Lagerstrom
Kara Leabo
Vito Lentini
Duane LeRoy Jr
Meighan Linebaugh
Stacy Loomis
Stefon Luckey
Havilah MacInnes
Margaret Maladecki
Matthew Mansberger
Seth Martin
Kathryn Mays
Sean McCully
Ryan McKenzie
Tracy McManama
Aaron Michell
Sarah Miller
Michael Moffit
Shay Moore
Zachary Mosher
Kristy Moxley
Alice Mulhearn
Renae Murphy
Jennifer Nedbalek
Darlene Nelund
Michael Nicolich
Elora Nigro
Mary Oakley
Sangeeta Pagariya
Mary Palmerton
Duane Peachey
Kerri Petee
Christina Petz
Willie Porter
Timothy Preston
Paul Reece
Bronya Richards
Jeffrey Rietsma
Lisa Roelfs
Tya Ronk
Jackie Saab
Kathy Sainz
Elizabeth Schafer
Roger Schindler
Catherine Seibel
Erin Shattuck
Amy Sherwin
Ronnie Sims
Kyra Siverly
Christopher Slocum
Stacy Smith
Amber L Smith
Garth Stafford
Barbara Stefanelli
Denise Storck-Webb
Ruth Taylor Lloyd
Regina Thorne
Hannah Tobin
Elizabeth Tran
Anna Tyrer
Donald Van Zytveld
Rebekah Vandemark
Rosemary Vanderschaaf
Corey VanSchaik
Debra Verburg
Jeffrey Vukits
Eugene Warner
Amanda Weber
Patricia Webster
Shannon Weimer
Bethany Westin
Robert Winkler
Velma (Gay) Wohlin
Marsha Yoakam
Jennifer Ziolkowski