On Nov. 24, 2020, our Engineering, Robotics, & Mechatronics instructor Steve Smitka received a letter from Governor Whitmer informing and congratulating him for being nominated for the 2021-2022 Michigan Teacher of the Year. Just recently Mr. Smitka learned of the very exciting news that he is among the candidates who have been chosen to advance to Part B of the selection process.
Mr. Smitka has 14 years of teaching experience, and is in his third year here at OSTC-SE. During that time he has built a very popular program, in addition to leading an exceptionally successful FIRST robotics team. During their rookie year in 2019, the OS Crew 7769 won their division at the State Competition, and went on to compete in the World Tournament.
For Mr. Smitka to be recognized out of the 90,000 teachers in Michigan, is an impressive honor alone. The announcement of which teacher won in his region will be announced in the coming months, and the overall Michigan Teacher of the Year winner will be announced later this spring. Everyone here at OSTC-SE is rooting for Mr. Smitka!