Excellence in Education: Spencer Vanderheide

5:50 PM, Mar 08, 2022
5:50 PM, Mar 08, 2022

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spencer Vanderheide is being recognized for his Excellence in Education.

"At the end of the day, he closes off every class saying, 'You are enough; you matter; you're worth it; you are known; you are loved,'" says Natasha Alvarez, Vanderheide’s nominator. “And I just think that is something that students should hear more often.”

“I saw students' anxiety going through the roof, stress going through the roof, depression going through the roof, and the question was, What are schools going to do about it?” says Spencer. “I couldn't just sit back and watch students struggle and suffer without some sort of support in the school.”

Spencer has received a $1,500 check from the Michigan Lottery, and his class at Kenowa Hills High School will receive a $500 grant.

Is there an educator in your community who displays Excellence in Education? Click here to nominate them.

SEE MORE: Excellence in Education nominees wanted

Follow FOX 17: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - YouTube

Excellence in Education Ongoing Coverage.png

Excellence in Education

Excellence in Education Award Nominations – 2020-2021 School Year

FOX 17 News
3:04 PM, Aug 08, 2020