Rick Joseph is a National Board Certified Teacher and has taught 5/6 grade at Covington School in the Birmingham (Michigan) Public School district since 2002. He previously served as a bilingual educator and trainer for nine years in the Chicago Public Schools. Rick has a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois - Chicago. He has been married for 21 years and has two teenage boys. Rick is thrilled to serve teachers and students as the 2016 Michigan Teacher of the Year.