May 20, 2016

Congratulations to Tracy Horodyski, Michigan Teacher of the Year 2017!

Tracy is an extremely talented early elementary educator. Not only does she teach children, but she also provides professional coaching support for colleagues at her school, Zinser Elementary School...

May 16, 2016

I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to return to Clawson High School to facilitate a goal setting experience with English Language Learners. The practice of setting goals and developing action plans is an important life skill. It is so important for all people...

May 6, 2016

When I first found out I would be the Michigan Teacher of the Year, I was certainly excited about the opportunity to join my TOY colleagues from around the country to meet President Obama. I was impressed with President Obama's down-to-earth disposition and thanked him...

April 27, 2016

I had the pleasure of spending a full day with the students and educators at Grand Traverse Academy in Traverse City. GTA is the kind of school where kids are buzzing with excitement. The energy in the air is palpable.

I began my day in the classroom of special educatio...

April 25, 2016

Community pride. As a visitor to Lakeview Elementary School in Negaunee, I was struck by the intense passion for learning at the school and the sense of ownership and investment felt by everyone throughout the building. At Lakeview, relationships matter. I could feel i...

April 25, 2016

Powell Township is power. The power of community. The power of individualized attention. The power of belonging.

There are 43 students in Powell Township School out of a community of roughly 700 people - a close-knit place where the atmosphere is decidedly one of an ext...

April 25, 2016

Hannahville Indian School is a place that saves lives.

Located 20 minutes west of Escanaba, the school is part of the Hannahville Indian Community, a rapidly growing entity whose mission is to preserve and enhance the Band of Potawatomi’s social, economic and cultural e...

April 22, 2016

Change agent. Advocate. Crusader for justice.

All of these descriptors only begin to characterize the profound impact Lena Juratli has had on her community as the founder of Help Bring Hope, a local organization which collects items for donation to local homeless shelte...

April 21, 2016

I had the pleasure of attending a powerful gathering called the White House LGBTQ Summit in Dearborn, which brought together advocates and activists from all over the country.

Along with our keynote speaker, Catherine Lhamon, the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Ci...

April 18, 2016

Principal John Kernan lends a hand when it comes to facilitating teacher professional learning around student engagement 

Hunter Elementary School is a place of continuous, dynamic learning for both educators and students. I had the pleasure of spending time with staff...

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