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The Suburbanite
  • Manchester's Ankron named Teacher of the Year

  • Manchester High School teacher Michael Ankrom was named Teacher of the Year during the Summit County Education Celebration held at the University of Akron’s Quaker Station. 

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  • Manchester High School teacher Michael Ankrom was named Teacher of the Year during the Summit County Education Celebration held at the University of Akron’s Quaker Station.  
    Ankrom, a member of this year's Summit County All-County Teaching Team, has been teaching for 21 years with Manchester Local Schools. He believes it’s important to be fair and treat students with respect.
    Superintendent Samuel Reynolds said Ankrom’s impact on others is seen daily through the positive attitudes demonstrated by his students and his colleagues and encouraged by his constant support and actions.
    Home: Manchester
    School and subject: Manchester High School 12th grade government, global studies and current issues
    Credentials: Bachelors degree, University of Akron
    Why do you teach?: “It is a career that brings you different students and many different situations. You must, as a teacher, be a continuous learner.”
    Teaching philosophy: “Treat all students with respect, be fair, show them that you care, do not play favorites and use multiple teaching strategies that make what the students are learning relevant to their lives.”
    School involvement: Senior class adviser, social studies department chairperson, golf coach and Manchester Education Association president
    Favorite teaching moment: “Living and teaching in the same community has been a wonderful experience.”
    Evidence of student achievement: “This past school year I had so many students demonstrate the application skills of material we were learning about in class. They did so by referring to books they were reading in other classes or outside of class and by the movies or TV programs that they had watched and also newspaper or magazine articles that they had read. I actually read a few of the books and watched some of the movies or programs they mentioned. The students enjoyed that I took the time to do that.”
    Role Model: Mike Frain (a retired teacher) from Manchester Middle School and his colleague Scott Cantrell, an English teacher at Manchester High School
    Best advice ever given: “Students listen and watch very carefully to what you say and do and how you react to situations, so always be conscious of these in and out of the classroom.”
    Most recent thing learned: “As a teacher you always wonder if you are reaching every student. I had a mom thank me at the gas station this June; she told me her son still talks about his experience in my classroom. He is a Marine serving a special assignment to protect President Obama when on Marine One.”
    Interests and hobbies: Reading books of mystery and detective stories by Robert Parker and James Patterson, watching the political pundits from all of the major broadcasting companies and “playing golf and sharing my knowledge of the game by giving free lessons to anyone that wants to learn how to play.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Manchester High School Principal James France said Ankrom is dedicated to his students and their success.
    “He goes above and beyond what is necessary at all times,” France said. “Mike is an excellent role model for all educators.”
    Ankrom's ambition is to continue to maintain his enthusiasm and give 100 percent each day to teaching the young people of his community.