2013 Frontier Days Grand Marshal

Congratulations to John Moran, the festival’s 2013 Grand Marshal!

John Moran was raised in Clawson, MI. As a youngster, he wanted to be a fireman, but decided to be a teacher after teachers helped him through a series of tragic events in his life. He graduated from Clawson High School in 1979, earned his Bachelors Degree from Western Michigan University in 1983, and his Masters degree in 1987.

John has been a resident of Charlotte since the fall of 1985 when he was hired as a Charlotte High School Social Studies teacher. John and his wife, Mary will celebrate 28 years of marriage in December. They have two grown children – Amanda Swisher of Erlanger, Kentucky and John Moran who lives, works and goes to school in Lansing. John and Mary now revel in the joy of their 2 year-old grandson, Noah. Although Noah lives in Kentucky, they value every opportunity they have to spend time with him.

John will be starting his 29th year at Charlotte High School teaching social studies – mainly Government, Economics, and his passion, the Lessons of the Vietnam War. John spearheaded events that drew tens of thousands of people to the community, including 25 years of the Vietnam Veterans Roundtable and, in 2008, The Wall That Heals (a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial). John served as president of the Norman Lavern Koos Men’s Auxiliary Post #2406 from 2003 to 2008. He was honored by the Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars as Teacher of the Year for Citizenship Education in 2005, and was selected as Charlotte Area Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2008. Moran has also been an adjunct instructor of education at Olivet College for 17 years and the co-advisor of the Charlotte Chapter of the National Honor Society for twenty years.

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posted on   August 8, 2012
in   2013 Festival