EAST LANSING – The NEA Foundation recently announced that Laura Chang, a second grade teacher at Sunset Lake Elementary in Vicksburg is one of 46 public school educators nationwide to receive the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. This is the second major award for Chang this year. In May, Chang was named the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher of the Year.
In nominating Ms. Chang for this prestigious award, MEA President Paula Herbart called Laura “a model for what excellence in education looks like.” Vicksburg superintendent, Charles Glaes described Laura as “that rare classroom teacher who principals rely upon, parents lobby for, colleagues admire and enjoy working with, and students love.”
Chang has been an outspoken advocate and practitioner of mentoring and collaboration with young teachers. “In her nearly 20 years in the profession, I am certain that her mentoring and advice to young colleagues has been instrumental in not only improving their teaching skills, but keeping many of them in the profession as well,” said Herbart.
In an era of over reliance on standardized testing, Chang’s use of student data to drive instruction, while reminding new teachers to always teach to the students and not the test, has been well received by her colleagues and the education community.
In addition to classroom teaching, Chang helps facilitate professional development in the Vicksburg Community Schools, while continuing to improve her profession by teaching preservice and graduate level students at Western Michigan University.
Chang will receive her award at the NEA Foundation’s “Salute to Excellence in Education” Gala next February in Washington, D.C.
Contact: Doug Pratt, Director of MEA Public Affairs, 517-337-5508