Longtime science teacher, environmentalist honored by Counterpart

Kaye Nedderman set up her easel and prepared to give a presentation on her group's environmental work in the community when Counterpart President Bobbi Sabine announced a change of plans. Nedderman then got one of the biggest surprises of her life, as Sabine announced that the Grand Haven woman had been selected as Counterpart's Distinguished Woman of the Year.
Becky Vargo
May 3, 2012


Once the applause died down at the luncheon held Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in Spring Lake, Nedderman asked if she was still going to be able to give her talk.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Nedderman said after her husband, John, presented her with a bouquet of flowers. “It’s very humbling for me.”

The retired junior high school science teacher was honored for her dedication to her students and the community, Sabine said before presenting Nedderman with a plaque.

On four separate occasions, students named Nedderman the teacher who most influenced them during their school careers. The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation recognitions were given in 1987, 1989, 1993 and 1995.

In 1994, the Grand Haven school district recognized her with its Excellence in Service Award.

Sabine said those writing letters in support of Nedderman’s nomination repeatedly championed her dedication to her students and her mission to provide them with the most comprehensive, up-to-date and hands-on science education possible. She was hailed as a life-long learner and someone committed to remaining current in her field.

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Sabine states that the Counterpart Award is for woman who demonstrate professionalism - I wonder what happened to Kaye's professionalism on Earth Day when she caused a ruckus at the Earth Day Fair because she did not like where her booth was located.


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