Who is your favorite Livingston County private/parochial school teacher of all time? We want to know.

Leave a comment below with your favorite teacher’s FIRST and LAST name, SCHOOL, and a few sentences telling us why they’re your favorite.

We will compile the top nominees and let our readers select their favorite private/parochial school teacher of all time.

There is no limit on when the teacher taught.

An award honoring the teacher will be presented to the teacher’s school.

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Nominate your favorite teacher by leaving a comment below.

We will winnow down the finalists on April 1, 2017, and polling begins for Livingston County’s most favorite private/parochial school teacher on April 2, 2017.

Winners will be announced on April 17, 2017.


  1. I would like to nominate Mrs. Chris Birney at St. Patrick School in Brighton. I have aided in her classroom as well as subbed for her. She is creative and does amazing projects and lessons with her Kindergarten class. She incorporates play in the classroom which is so important and she finds a way to do that while teaching reading and writing. She is amazing with young minds!

  2. I’d like to nominate kindergarten teacher Mrs Christine Birney at St Patrick School in Brighton. She is such a blessing to our students. She is the perfect kind, gentle teacher that you’d want for your 5 year old while still having such command and control over her classroom without raising her voice. She makes learning fun for all of her “friends”. We are so happy she decided to return to the classroom 3 years ago to share her gifts with our children. She’s had 2 of my children and I can only hope that she’ll have my youngest 2 as well.

  3. I would love to nominate all our teachers at St. Patrick School in Brighton, but I will settle for two. Mrs. Chris Birney and Mr. Tony Moskus. Mrs. Birney was my daughter’s kindergarten teacher and she introduced our daughter to a wonderful Catholic education! Mr. Moskus is one of our middle school teachers and our son really admires him–as a teacher and as a person of faith.

  4. Lynn Robinson, St Mary in Pinckney. Lynn taught two of my boys and really inspired them! Her kindness and patience were unparalleled. She brought new ideas and approaches to her classroom and is always an advocate for her students. I am honored to nominate her for this award.

  5. I would like to nominate Stacie Bittikofer of St. Patrick School in Brighton. She is my daughters 3rd grade teacher. Stacie is creative, patient, tough and engaging which makes school challenging and fun. My daughter loves school because of her!

  6. I would like to nominate Mrs. Lisa Larsen, a second grade teacher at St Patrick school in Brighton. We moved to this area from Texas a couple years ago and my 8 year old son has struggled ever since. He has had a hard time making friends or being accepted by his peers. His confidence has slowly eroded for the last 2 years and it has been a struggle not only for him, but for me as his mother. Mrs. Larsen has been such a blessing for him. She has worked with him to help him make friends, and to improve his confidence. She had worked with all the children in her class to help them to learn acceptance, and to be kind to all. She has really worked tirelessly to help turn things around for my son and I will never be able to thank her enough. I am forever grateful for her hard work and kind and giving heart.

  7. I’d like to nominate Mrs. Birney from St. Patrick School in Brighton. She is a kind soul with endless patience and a wonderful Kindergarten teacher. I’ve seen a gradual and significant growth in both maturity and academically in my own child this year. Thank you Mrs. Birney!

  8. I’d like to nominate kindergarten teacher Mrs. Christine Birney of St. Patrick School in Brighton. After taking a hiatus from teaching to homeschool her own kids, we are so thankful that Mrs. Birney returned to the classroom in 2015. With her warmth, compassion, and devotion, I can’t think of anyone better to welcome our kids into the world of formal schooling. She instills the love of learning and the love of Christ in their minds and hearts, and is truly living out her vocation as a teacher.

  9. We would also like to nominate Mrs. Kim Blanton at St. Joseph Catholic School in Howell. My son had her for 5th grade and he still talks about her being his favorite teacher. Although, St. Joes has many wonderful teachers Mrs. Blanton has always been held in high esteem in our family. Thank you for all your hard work and the dedication you have shown since joining the St. Joseph family. Erin, Bill and Conner Britten

  10. Hi. We want to nominate Mrs Kim Blanton of St Joseph Catholic School in Howell. She is an awesome 5th grade teacher! We love that she nurtures a love for reading, brings history to life and encourages all of her students to be the best in Christ.
    We looked​ forward to each day in her classroom. Logan, Luke and Blake Szymanski

  11. We LOVE our school, St Joseph Catholic School in Howell and want to nominate the 5th grade teacher, Mrs Kim Blanton. She has provided countless blessings for the students as they prepare for middle school. This includes helping experiences of reading, creative writing exposure, embracing history, and learning to live the virtues of Catholic life! Please consider her! Thanks! Kendra, Rich, Logan, Luke and Blake Szymanski

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