Beverly Musolf named Howell Public School’s Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Beverly Musolf had been teaching for 34 years, give or take a few months, and was teaching her second period class when she was interrupted by the news that she had won the Howell Public School District Teacher of the Year award.
She was asked to come to the auditorium, where she was surprised with a ceremony in her honor.
“I was shocked,” said Mrs. Musolf. “I had no idea what was going on!”
Mrs. Musolf was selected from a total number of 460 teachers in the district, and then from a pool of seven nominees, by a committee of eighteen teachers, parents, students, principals and a board member. They talked about each individual member and then voted.
“I think she is really truly concerned about students learning,” Howell High School’s principal Mr. Aaron Moran said. “I’ve heard from many students who hated math, and then had her, and she made them think ‘maybe I can do this.’ She’s looking out for what’s best for them.”
The daughter of Mrs. Marge Hamill, the assistant principal at Highlander Way Middle School, is one of these former students of Mrs. Musolf.
“I always struggled in math and would get so defeated after having tried to advocate for myself by asking questions of various teachers when I didn’t understand a concept,” Michelle Drotar said.
Mrs. Hamill recalled how Michelle benefitted from Mrs. Musolf’s class.
“Michelle used to say that Mrs. Musolf would try to see how she was thinking, how her mind worked, and that Mrs. Musolf would not stop until she got it,” said Mrs. Hamill.
It seems like all types of students have something to say about her.
“I love Mrs. Musolf! I had her last year, and she was always super enthusiastic about what we were learning in class that day,” said junior Erin Flannery. “ I’m pretty good at math, but she just helped me actually enjoy it. A lot of my friends had her too, and they all really liked her.”
Mrs. Musolf graduated from Michigan State University, and earned her master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. Her background is definitely a teaching one – her mother, sisters, and aunts are all teachers.
“It’s a genetic thing,” Mrs. Musolf laughs. “I definitely think that it requires a certain type of person to teach – I don’t think everyone can do it. Being good with people, being able to help people, that’s a good thing to have.”
Between being at school from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (at the least) every day and grading papers and creating lesson plans, she doesn’t have much spare time. But when she has some, she rides motorcycles with her husband and considers herself an avid motorcyclist fan. They also go four-wheeling, and she loves it. Mrs. Musolf also likes to read and garden.