May 23, 2024

Educator of the Year

Leigh Ann Hill

The Dance Director at Wayland Union High School, Leigh Ann Hill, was honored with the 2024 K-12 Educator of the Year Award at the annual Michigan Youth Dance Festival. Mrs. Hill has been teaching dance and directing the curricular program at Wayland for the last 18 years. Wayland Union Schools is one of few rural school districts in Michigan that offer dance as part of their elective curriculum offerings.

While being passionate about the art, production and performance, Leigh Ann's heart is most invested in the process. "I am so filled with pride watching young people grow in such amazing ways. Through our dance program, students find resilience, strength, tenacity, passion, empathy, logic, expression and a voice they never knew they had. Our dance classes are incredibly impactful for students." Congratulations, Mrs. Hill!