Also being honored that evening will be Amy Peddie, Southport’s Teacher of the Year for 2016, and Michael Heldman, Alumnus of the Year for 2017.
Peddie, who was named Chin National Teacher of the Year in 2012, has taught in Perry Township for 20 years, the last 11 as a teacher of English as a new language. In that capacity she eases her students’ way as they learn about their new culture and surroundings.
She spends her off time helping students to navigate the college application process and to apply for scholarships.
Heldman is a lifelong Southsider who graduated from Southport in 1965. He worked in the mechanical contracting field for 40 years and was the supervisor of all laborers at Leach & Russell Mechanical Contractors before retiring in 2010.
In 1978 he began volunteering with Special Olympics and soon became the coordinator for Marion County South, where he managed volunteers, coached and helped with fundraising among other duties. Heldman said Special Olympics athletes are his passion.
As one parent said, “I feel Mike’s personal style of making all the athletes feel self-worth is awesome. He does not take them by the hand but lets them lead and gently nudges them.”
Heldman and his wife, who continue to reside on the Southside, have three children and six grandchildren.