LANSING, Mich. - A Macomb County educator known for finding new ways to help students understand and appreciate history and economics and for working with students in her personal time has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.
The award winner, Angela LoPiccolo, teaches Advanced Placement U.S. History and Advanced Placement Microeconomics and Macroeconomics at Dakota High School in Macomb. The school is part of the Chippewa Valley Schools district.
Winners of the weekly award receive a plaque, a $500 cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, school or school district. One of the weekly winners will be selected as the Educator of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
LoPiccolo said her favorite part of being an educator is “watching students grow and mature. Seeing firsthand how students advance academically and become young adults is a very powerful experience.”
She added that she chose a career in education because “I have always loved working with kids. Teaching seemed like a natural fit for me.”
She said her students motivate her every day. “I always want to do my best and be my best for them.”