Phyllis Ziebell Kesseler Outstanding Educator Award

roger and phyllis kesseler

The Crawford AuSable Excellence in Education Foundation’s new Phyllis Ziebell Kesseler Outstanding Educator Award was created and funded by her husband Roger Kesseler to recognize CASD educators who have done outstanding work in their positions.

Phyllis attended Grayling schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 1951. Upon her graduation, she was hired by superintendent Frank Bond to be his secretary and business manager, and upon his retirement, she continued in that position under Joseph Stripe. She was a high-performing employee and truly loved the job, which she held for over five years until she and Roger were married.

Throughout her life, Phyllis Ziebell Kesseler greatly valued the importance of a quality education for all students.

Nomination Form

The next time CAEEF will be accepting nominations is in spring 2024.  

Nominations must be submitted to Dana Reilly, CASD business manager, by May 31, 2024.

Please be sure to adhere strictly to the criteria when making your nomination.

The Educator Award can go to any CASD employee -- teacher, support staff member, administrator or district professional employee. The nominees must:

1) be full-time employees of the CASD


2) have three complete years of experience in the CASD.


Daniel & Michelle Barina, David & Lori Boleman, Doug & Maureen DeYoung, Allison Kesseler, Michael & Tracey Kesseler, Roger Kesseler, Scott Kesseler, David & Lisa Nicks, Tyler & Laura Williams, Monty & Jill Wiseman