Here’s a tip for anyone at Albion Middle who is having a bad day. Take a trip down the hall to visit Emma Coates’ classroom. Even on a Monday, she’ll make you smile. She always has a smile of her own, a quick joke, or a quirky story to lift the spirits of anyone around her. She is known as the unsung hero of Albion, with the uncanny ability to find students in the school who feel invisible and lonely and make them feel powerful, capable and successful. Her students praise Coates for the ability to make school a happier place to be while providing fun and interesting instruction. For these reasons and more, Albion Middle is excited to announce Coates as the school’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.