Michelle Labelle-Fisch smiles after being named the District Teacher of the Year by the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Thursday night in Fairfield. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)


Fairfield-Suisun district names Teacher of the Year

By From page A3 | February 28, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Michelle Labelle-Fisch, honored Thursday as Teacher of the Year for the Fairfield-Suisun School District, spoke about starting as a 10-year-old in the school district during an era when field trips didn’t require permission slips.

“We just did a lot of hands-on learning,” the K.I. Jones Elementary School teacher recalled.

“Common Core is really going to allow us to be more hands on,” Labelle-Fisch said of new school standards that she sees as meaning children can learn as she once did.

The teacher of the year said of the Fairfield-Suisun district that, “We have a lot of great stuff going on.”

Kris Corey, school district superintendent, spoke before Labelle-Fisch and recalled how the teacher has helped train other instructors.

“I’ve been trying to get her to go to the dark side and join us administrators,” the superintendent said.

A total of 21 teachers, including Labelle-Fisch, were honored Thursday as teachers of the year at their schools in the district. They received a red rose and a black-framed plaque.

Laurel Salerno-White, president of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association, introduced the honored teachers.

“We still have 945 of them in the other classrooms,” she said of the contributions of teachers in the school district.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

School-site teachers of the year

  • Joseph Summers, Armijo High School
  • Carla Co, Cleo Gordon Elementary School
  • Arthur Sullivan, Cordelia Hills Elementary School
  • Larissa Sherrod, David A. Weir Preparatory Academy
  • William “Dale” Horton, Fairfield High School
  • Diane Wilson, Fairfield-Suisun Adult School
  • Jennifer Johnson, Grange Middle School
  • Carol Walton, Green Valley Middle School
  • Michelle Labelle-Fisch, K.I. Jones Elementary School
  • Jackie Farmer, Laurel Creek Elementary School
  • Tamera Gedvilas, Matt Garcia Learning Center
  • Ann Lean, Nelda Mundy Elementary School
  • Marcia Hanson, Oakbrook Elementary School
  • Pamela Williamson, Rodriguez High School
  • Karen Firkins, Dan O. Root II Elementary School
  • William “Brandon” Weyandt, Sem Yeto Satellite
  • Christina Sovitsky, Suisun Elementary School
  • Katherene Kerner, Suisun Valley Elementary School
  • James “Jamie” VanWart, Wilson Elementary School
  • Nancy Dunn, Wilson Middle School

Ryan McCarthy


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  • Keshi PopFebruary 28, 2014 - 11:15 pm

    One of the superstars who teach our children everyday. We were lucky enough to have her this year. Congratulations Michelle Thank you for all that you do

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  • CharMarch 01, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Congratulations Michelle! Glad to hear the great news and of your accomplishments! Dan and Charlene Lynch

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  • The NygardsMarch 02, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    Michelle is a dream come true for students, parents, and fellow teachers. She's passionate about her students learning, always with an eye on their futures. She's generous with her knowledge about technology, and is always looking to help improve her campus as well as district-wide. Michelle has been instrumental in reigniting my boy's passion for learning at an age that can be fraught with waning interest in all things school. Congratulations, Mrs. Fisch! Well deserved!

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  • anonSeptember 19, 2014 - 2:47 am

    I didn't know they gave awards for being a horrible human being. (warning for child abuse and suicide) This woman is the most hateful and abusive teacher I have ever had in my life and I am honestly disgusted right now. This woman gleefully abused and humiliated me every day of sixth grade. She mocked me for my learning disabilities and for what I later realized was autism. She would physically grab me and shake me and scream in my face. She intentionally set me up to fail so that she could shout at me in front of the class. She allowed me to be bullied and would punish me for going to her for help or defending myself. This woman must have heard me talking about suicide every day of the week and didnt care. I have trauma related to my time in school and she is a huge part of that. If she deserves any award, its a child abuser award.

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