Michael Stinman

Michael Stinman (right), a K-5th grade music instructor at Treynor Elementary School, was named the fourth and final recipient of the 2019 Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher Award in surprise ceremonies at the school Wednesday afternoon.

(Treynor) -- The final recipient of the 2019 Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher Award was announced Wednesday afternoon.

Michael Stinman, a K-5th music instructor at Treynor Elementary School, was named the second winner in the elementary category in a surprise ceremony at the school. KMA and the Green Hills Area Education Agency sponsor the awards each year to honor teachers within a 40-mile radius of the late philanthropist's hometown of Emerson. A Hastings College graduate, Stinman taught in Nebraska for four years before accepting the Treynor position. Stinman reflected on that decision in accepting the award.

"Three years ago, the best decision I ever made was calling Treynor home," said Stinman. "I'm speechless guys--you know that's hard for me. I love coming to work with every single one of you, every single day. My wife and my family can attest to how much time I dedicate here. I could care less how much time I do, because my impact that I try to give to you (the students) is most important."

Stinman hopes that he's instilled a love for music in his students.

"Whether or not you go on and so something with music beyond elementary, beyond middle school, beyond high school, college, vocational, career--whatever the case may be," he said, "is that you have a love and a passion for music, that 30 years down the line, when you have your baby come along, that you're able to sing lullabies, and do wonderful things for your children.

"I am so blessed to be here. Thank you," Stinman added.

Each recipient receives $10,000--with $2,500 going to their schools. Stinman joins Hamburg Kindergarten Instructor Brenda Brandt as the award's elementary recipients for this year. Two others were honored in the secondary category--Karen Guthrie, a middle school and high school English instructor, volleyball coach and speech coach at South Page, and Clarinda Middle School Social Studies Instructor Linda VandenBosch. The three other recipients were announced in ceremonies earlier this month.