Above and Beyond: Capitol Area Schools

More than 450 educators from Capitol‑area school districts stretching from St. Johns to Holt, Okemos and Lansing returned to their school duties armed with some health and safety essentials courtesy of their local unions. Every year, several MEA units combine their efforts in a late August back-to-school bash that draws hundreds to a family cookout with food, games and music. This year, however, the event shifted from an in-person gathering to drive-through distribution at the MEA Okemos field office. Every one of the 450 members who registered and drove through received a kit with emergency supplies, such as hand sanitizer, vitamin C, masks, tissues, touch screen wipes, and face shields, among other items. They also received a boost from Lansing Schools Education Association President Chuck Alberts: “My message was really simple: you’re already great, and keep working hard. Challenges are going to arise, but make sure you keep persevering and you’re going to do an outstanding job.”

MEA Voice Feature Uncategorized


Loving Head Cook, ‘Miss Dawn,’ Wins ESP of the Year: ‘This is home to me’

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor At Parma Elementary School in Jackson County’s Western School District, students coming through Miss Dawn’s cafeteria line enjoy a generous serving of love along with their chicken nuggets, buttered corn and apple slices. “The kids absolutely love her because they know she cares,” said Principal Sue Haney. “She jokes with […]

Member Spotlight: Kat Sibalwa

Last March Kat Sibalwa, Byron Center High School teacher and BCEA co-president, was set to talk about MEA with soon‑to‑graduate aspiring educators at Grand Valley State University. Then the pandemic hit, and suddenly she was teaching from home with two small children and a husband working in health care. Had you presented to aspiring educators before? […]