Human Rights and Excellence Awards

Six MEA members received Human Rights and Excellence Awards at MEA’s Human Rights Banquet over the weekend. MEA also recognized Saginaw pastor and activist, Dr. Hurley J. Coleman, Jr. for his work in the field of human and civil rights with the David McMahon Human Rights Award.

MEA members honored were Sarah Case, Mt. Pleasant ESL teacher, with the Elizabeth Siddall Human Rights Award; Annette Christiansen, Utica teacher, with the Education Excellence Award; Holly Hawke-Jordan, retired Kalamazoo teacher and leader, with the Anne Sullivan Education and Support of Persons with Disabilities Award; Sid Kardon, retired MEA and NEA Board member, with the Connie Jackson Human Rights Award; Dr. Hope Elizabeth May, a Central Michigan University professor, with the Herman W. Coleman Human Rights Award; and Michelle Wilson-Banks, Kalamazoo math teacher, with the Maurine Wyatt Feminist Award.

MEA’s Human Rights and Excellence Awards program honors individuals and organizations that promote excellence and defend human and civil rights. The awards were founded on the belief that public education is the gateway to opportunity; that public education is vital to building respect for every individual; and that public education is the cornerstone of our republic.


The Human Rights and Excellence Awards are presented at the MEA Human Rights and Excellence Awards Banquet in conjunction with the Spring RA.

2015 Human Rights and Excellence Awards Nomination Form