National and State Winners

2018 Substitute Teacher of the Year

Kelly Educational Staffing would like to congratulate our 2018 Substitute Teacher of the Year winners!  These individuals were selected to receive this elite honor among our over 52,000 substitute teachers working in schools across the country.  The passion they bring to the classroom, and their contributions to student achievement, make us proud to have them as part of the Kelly Educational Staffing team. 

Nicolae Boariu - 2018 National Substitute Teacher of the Year Photo of Nicolae Boariu, Kelly Educational Staffing's 2018 National Substitute Teacher of the Year

Nicolae Boariu has been selected by Kelly Educational Staffing (KES®) as the National Substitute Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year. Boariu’s recognition is based on his outstanding performance and exemplary service as a substitute teacher at Mohawk Elementary School in Bessemer, Pennsylvania. 

After an impressive 30-year career in law enforcement, Boariu retired and started serving as a substitute teacher in the Mohawk Area School District. As a Bessemer resident, he has aided his community through his role as resident substitute teacher at Mohawk Elementary.

“Mr. B., as he is affectionately known here at Mohawk, is a one-of-a-kind person,” said Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Lorree Houk. “His commitment to the Mohawk community is evident each and every day as he works with students and staff. Mr. B’s willingness to continue to serve even in retirement is a testament to his true character. He is the number-one substitute teacher here at Mohawk and is well-deserving of the KES National Substitute of the Year award.”

Boariu floats from classroom to classroom and is loved and appreciated by students and teachers alike. With a history of success, he was honored as the district’s employee of the month in 2017 and was recognized as substitute teacher of the month by KES in early 2018. He is especially cherished in the special education department, where he “has great rapport with all of the students and is always willing to help – regardless of their challenges,” said Instructional Support Paraprofessional Karen Leckwart.

Brad J. Meehan, principal of Mohawk Elementary, nominated Boariu for this award. “During the time Mr. Boariu has worked in the district, I have found him to be dependable, flexible, efficient, kind, punctual and extremely professional,” Meehan said. “He genuinely cares about the students and takes the time to know them and understand them. The students care about ‘Mr. B’ as well – he is one of the most popular adults in the building.”

“It’s teachers like Mr. Boariu who create a successful learning environment in the classroom and facilitate the continuity of student achievement each and every day,” said Nicola Soares, vice president and managing director of Kelly Educational Staffing. “We’re proud to honor Mr. Boariu for his commitment to the community and the care and inspiration he instills in the students at Mohawk Elementary.”  

Photo Identification: Dr. Lorree Houk, Assistant to the Superintendent for Mohawk Area School District and Mr. Brad Meehan, Mohawk Area Elementary Principal, congratulate Mr. Nicolae Boariu (center) on his recognition as the KES National Substitute Teacher of the Year.

State Winners:

Charles Remington
Melissa Wilson
Dorrett Thompson
Daniel Storrow
James Koralewski

Michelle Pendleton

Patricia Davis

 Denise Carter

Paul McDaniel

 Vera Ann Hemminger
Jamie Melton
Stephanie Heath
Cherita Irvin
Maurice Casey
Jayne Polaski
Ray Sims
Virgina Weiker
Caren Rogers
Diane Robinson
North Carolina
Bryan Follins
Susan Mullen
Nicolae Boariu
Joseph Jackson
South Carolina
Paula Morris
Kim Kellum
Geneveive Draper
Donna Park
Charles Kline