Annie’s Story: Special but not Unique

Annie Howard’s story is not unique – and that’s exactly why she wanted to tell it. Across Michigan every school year, MEA members help others cope with debilitating illnesses and accidents by donating sick days to those in need. In Howard’s case, Adrian Education Association members helped the 14-year veteran art teacher tend to a…

Supporting Innovative Professional Development

I’ve always dreamed of creating a space and structure for teacher professional development that is different than the current one-size-fits-all approach, where “experts” far removed from the classroom give advice that is difficult to implement. Many of us have struggled through countless hours of “sit-and-get” sessions, left wondering how we can use the information to…

A Gift ‘Beyond Measure’

by Brenda Ortega – MEA Voice Editor It was a Friday in April, 2016, when Annie Howard got the news. The Adrian art teacher expected the ultrasound at a Toledo hospital would confirm an issue with the umbilical cord in her 24-week pregnancy. Instead she struggled to process a deluge of information about the fetus: Absent…