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LPS Honors Educators and Support Staff of the Year!


Educator and support staff of the year  Livonia Public Schools proudly recognized three staff members were named Educator and Support Staff of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year.

Cooper Upper Elementary teacher Kitty Yost was named Elementary Educator of the Year; Stevenson High School teacher Christianne Antonelli was named Secondary Educator of the Year and Western Wayne Skill Center paraprofessional Abby Knoph was named Support Staff Person of the Year.

The recognition program took place during the November 25 meeting of the Board of Education, where the honorees received tributes and recognitions from local elected officials, including the Board of Education, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, State Senator Dayna Polehanki, State Representative Laurie Pohutsky and Wayne County Commissioners Terry Marecki, Diane Webb and Glenn Anderson.

“It was a wonderful celebration of these three amazing educators,” said Stacy Jenkins, communications administrator and chair of the Educator & Support Staff of the Year Committee. “We are so fortunate to have so many staff who give 110% each and every day for our students and families. We were thrilled to be able to recognize just a few of our incredible staff during this year’s program.”

From left: Christianne Antonelli, Abby Knoph, Kitty Yost.


Kitty Yost

Mrs. Yost, a 27-year employee of LPS, is well known throughout the school district as a positive role model for students and staff alike. She is involved in numerous district- and school-based committees and is a past recipient of several awards. Her teaching philosophy is one that centers around kindness, compassion, hard work and the knowledge that students will do their best learning if they feel safe and loved.

She is a highly skilled educator who sets the bar high for maintaining quality instructional practices in her classroom and for displaying genuine care and compassion for her students.

Christianne Antonelli

Mrs. Antonelli is a 20-year employee of Livonia Public Schools and teaches Marketing and Business at SHS. She is involved in numerous school committees and she leads the 70-member Stevenson DECA marketing student chapter.

She has formed connections with area businesses, in order to give her students hands-on business marketing experiences and brings prior marketing industry experience to the classroom. She serves on the Michigan DECA Advisory Board and is a member of Michigan Marketing Educators. She has received numerous awards for her teaching practices and service in marketing education. She believes it is important to not only teach her students the tenets of business and marketing, but to instill the “soft skills” that are required to become productive, responsible and thoughtful members of society.

Abigail Knoph

Abby Knoph is a 3-year employee of Livonia Public Schools and serves as a paraprofessional, working with students ages 18-26 at WWSC, located at Garfield Community School.

Abby serves as assistant to the behavior consultant in the Student Support Center at WWSC and is known for her ability to manage behaviors, build relationships, motivate students and provide students with the tools they need to become successful in school and in the community.

She is involved in student success by serving as a mentor, managing the Student of the Month program and the Birthday Club, and also by coaching the WWSC travel basketball team. She serves on school-based committees and is known to support students by attending Special Olympics events and more.

Abby is a product of Livonia Public Schools and also coaches basketball at Stevenson High School, her alma mater.