Total years as a classroom teacher: 40
M.A. in Elementary Education Eastern Michigan University 1976
B.S. in Science Eastern Michigan University 1973
1993 – present Blissfield Community Schools 5th grade
1982- 1993 New Life School K-8th grades
1976- 1982 Blissfield Community Schools 4th and 5th grades
1973-1976 Deerfield Public Schools 5th and 6th grades
2013 Shell Science Teaching Award, National Science Teachers Association/Shell Oil Company
2012 Special Tribute Teacher Award (State of Michigan)
2009 Great Lakes Green Energy Award
2008 Walter P. Chrysler Co. “Closing the Gap in Education Award”
2004 Golden Apple Teacher Award (Channel 24 TV, Toledo, Ohio)
2003 Special Tribute Teacher Award (State of Michigan)
2002 Educator of the Year Award (Phi Delta Kappa, Lenawee Chapter #1460)
• Mr. Koppelman believes that the art of teaching is creative and requires lifelong learners who make a positive impact on the community in which they live as role models.
• Mr. Koppelman also believes that giving and inspiring children with resourceful academic tools to accomplish and fulfill their life’s aspirations is an integral part of his responsibility as a teacher.
“As a teacher, Gary Koppelman excels! He is creative, always prepared and delivers lessons to students that are highly motivating, ‘cutting edge,’ academically rigorous, and always ‘hands-on, minds-on.’ When you combine his gentle sense of humor with his sincerity, kindness, fairness and servant-leadership, you are blessed with a very special human being!”
— Dee Crane, former Principal
“The leadership and vision that Gary demonstrated while spearheading the development of the Blissfield Environmental Life Lab (B.E.L.L.) in 1998 continue to provide unique K-12 science learning experiences for students district-wide and it serves as a wonderful source of pride for our community.” — Scott D. Moellenberndt, Superintendent
“I was a student of Gary’s over 30 years ago, but I can certainly say that my entire career has been influenced by his 5th grade science class! He understands the value of experiential learning, and he makes science literally come alive. His teaching techniques draw students into the discipline of science, making us want to learn.”
— Dr. Jodi Jackson Sterle, former student; current Animal Science Professor, Iowa State U.