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Cheryl Westbrook is Onsted’s Teacher of the Month


People should always be learning

By John Hummer
Brooklyn Exponent Editor

Cheryl Westbrook, shown above, not only teaches her students but wants to learn herself while she’s doing it.

“Always learning is important,” she said. “Not just for my students, but for myself as well.”

A native of Adrian, Cheryl has been an art teacher at Onsted Community Schools for over 30 years, starting her 32nd year. She is currently the Onsted Middle School art teacher, having been in the school for “about five years” she thinks. She taught at Onsted Elementary for the bulk of her career.

Cheryl earned her college degree at Adrian College and began her career with Onsted Schools and plans to finish there as well – but not anytime soon. She loves her job too much.

“It’s a very rewarding job,” Cheryl says. “I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I wasn’t here.”

“Cheryl has many skills including leadership and community service,” said Alaina Ellison, principal at Onsted Middle School. “She strives to improve not only herself but everyone around her. Cheryl has a high set of expectations and pushes others to be better. She is not afraid to stand up for what is right and to call out actions that are not beneficial to the team.”

Cheryl has a mission statement for herself to help keep that learning going.

“I’m a bucket filler and to meet that goal I want people to be the best that they can be and feel the best about themselves,” she said.

Ellison said that Cheryl puts her heart into such programs as The Leader in Me and Capturing Kids Hearts. She feels strongly that students should be put into positions of leadership.

“She believes they should be great leaders and stand out in a crowd,” said Ellison. “Cheryl’s fun-loving personality engages students in their learning. They know they are an important part not only in my class but as a member of our student body.”

Cheryl guided the Onsted Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club in building their first ever homecoming float with students. She also assisted with creating posters for the school’s fundraisers for the building.

“Cheryl is an asset to everyone at Onsted Middle School and in the community,” said Ellison. “We are lucky to have her.”

Hockey at MIS this year!

Thank you to Michigan International Speedway for sponsoring Onsted’s Teacher of the Month! By the way, they will be playing ice hockey at MIS this winter: learn more by clicking on the logo below.


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