Bloomington Rotary Club honors impactful educators

(Left to right) Jen Weaver, Claire Michaels, club president Dave Rutledge, Judy Szabo, and Suzie Hutton. The Rotary Club honored the four educators today for their hard work in the classroom. (Photo by Patrick Baron/WJBC)

By Patrick Baron

BLOOMINGTON – The Bloomington Rotary Club is celebrating four educators who are making a difference in the lives of their students.

The club recognized Claire Michaels of Oakland Elementary, Judy Szabo from Washington Elementary, Suzie Hutton of Bloomington Junior High, and Jen Weaver from Bloomington High School. Rotary president Dave Rutledge said the club is proud to celebrate educators who impact their students.

“They make a difference everyday. They’re touching so many lives, especially these young people,” Rutledge explained. “To recognize the teachers that do make a difference helps and encourages them to do more.”

Rutledge explained the four were chosen to be honored by the people who know them best – their co-workers and peers.

“We let the principals and their staffs pick the teachers that they felt made a difference,” said Rutledge. “They’re there everyday, they see them everyday, so we let them choose.”

Rutledge said the club will honor first responders later this month.

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