2019 Horizon Award
2019 Secondary Horizon Award – Michael Billinger, Lakewood Middle School
Michael is in his second year as computer studies teacher at Lakewood, having earlier served as a coach and a paraeducator for USD 305. Currently finishing his Transition to Teaching degree from Fort Hays State University, he earned his bachelor’s in business administration from Brown Mackie College.
A natural teacher and coach, Michael builds a good rapport with students with many of them seeking him out for counsel. He has been key to helping establish Google classroom and leading character building lessons during advisory class at Lakewood. His honesty, dependability and work ethic compliment his kind heart and open ear when it comes to his students and coworkers. He is extremely positive and supports students beyond the regular school day by coaching basketball and tennis.
Bonnie Welty, principal at Lakewood Middle School, shares, “The strong relationships Michael has built allows him to leverage his tremendous understanding of technology to benefit both staff and students. He differentiates projects for all student levels and offers technology assistance to fellow teachers.” Described by a fellow teacher as honest, dependable and incredibly hard working, Michael is respected by colleagues and his students. He has established a foundation for a bright future in education.
Visit Michael's classroom on our @USD305 YouTube channel featuring a video created by Mustang Media students who are on the Salina Central High School broadcast staff including Molly Michaelis, Kamryn Arnold and Miles Denning.