VanderWall congratulates education professional of the year

‘Holly Holm is one of Michigan’s most outstanding education support staff workers’

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall on Tuesday applauded Holly Holm of Crawford-Oscoda-Ogemaw-Roscommon Intermediate School District (COOR ISD) for being named one of Michigan’s two 2020 Education Support Staff Professionals of the Year.

“Everyone knows the lengths that teachers have gone this year to ensure that our children receive a quality education, but we mustn’t forget that Michigan teachers cannot do their jobs without the hard work of tens of thousands of support staff doing their jobs,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “Holly Holm is one of Michigan’s most outstanding education support staff workers.

“To be recognized as one of the top two professionals in her field in Michigan is an incredible honor. I congratulate Holly for her hard work and dedication to the COOR ISD community.”

Holm is an administrative assistant with the COOR ISD in Roscommon, where she has worked for 17 years and has had a tremendous impact on students and her colleagues alike.

District leaders say Holm treats students and staff with the utmost respect, and she is the center of the systems that keep the schools running seamlessly. Her co-workers describe her as being the “ear to listen when it’s been a rough day and the smile behind the reassurance to carry on with your day.”

The other 2020 Education Support Staff Professional of the Year is Dawn Hendges, a food and nutrition service worker at Parma Elementary School in the Western School District.

Holm and Hendges now are eligible for the national Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award, overseen by the U.S. Department of Education.

“The Rise Award is a new, national award created to honor school support staff,” VanderWall said. “I would love to see both Holly and Dawn win this award, and I wish them success in their future endeavors.”