Kerry Derminer’s strong leadership qualities have earned her the honor of being the Royal Oak School District’s middle school nominee for the Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.
Derminer began her career at Dondero High School in 1995 as a math and business teacher. She taught at Keller Middle School from 1995 to 2007 before coming to Royal Oak Middle School (ROMS) to teach seventh-grade math.
“This is an honor to be selected because it is recognition by my colleagues and school,” Derminer said. “My position gives me joy each day and every day, which I know a lot of people can't say. I love doing what I do and to also be able continue to have the opportunity to grow as a teacher is an added bonus.”
Derminer says she can't imagine doing anything else.
“She is a wonderful role model to her students and she continuously provides her students with engaging learning activities that help her students be more reflective in their thinking,” said Zoe Marcus, principal at ROMS. “Her lesson activities require high-level student thinking and explanation of their thinking.”
Teacher Kelly Michael describes Derminer, who the math department chair, as someone who works tirelessly to engage her students.
“Kerry goes above and beyond her students. She is passionate about educating children and determined to reach each and every one,” Michael said. “Her stretch goes beyond the walls of her classroom where she is highly involved in and knowledgeable regarding all things middle school. Kerry also goes out of her way to assist colleagues whenever necessary and without hesitation.”
Derminer’s passion impacts her classroom, according to student Lindsey Vaitkevicius.
“Mrs. Derminer has the ability to really connect with kids,” Vaitkevicius said “She offers morning help before every test. Every time I would go to one, I did better on my tests. I found myself actually wanting to go to math class every day!”
In 2014, the Royal Oak PTA named Derminer Educator of the Year.