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NEA & MEA Presidents, AG Nessel visit Lincoln Park’s Resilient Schools program

(From right) NEA President Becky Pringle, MEA President Paula Herbart, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and MEA Vice President Chandra Madaferri learn about the Resilient Schools Program during a visit to Lincoln Park Public Schools on Friday. (Credit: Jeffrey Sauger) School visit highlights the district’s Resilient Schools Project, expanded by COVID-19 funds LINCOLN PARK, Mich. — National Education Association President…

New MTOY: Holt Kindergarten Teacher Fosters Love of Learning

MEA member Leah Porter, a 15-year kindergarten teacher from Wilcox Elementary School in Holt, was named the 2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY) on Thursday for her commitment to giving all children both the freedom and security of a trusted learning space within her classroom. Leah Porter “I want to instill a love of learning in my littlest students…

Whitmer shares MEA member story in marking pandemic anniversary

In marking the one-year anniversary of Michigan’s first COVID-19 case, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shared several stories last week about the inspiring work done by a variety of Michiganders during this pandemic.  One person highlighted was MEA member and Warren Woods teacher Todd Bloch – the governor shared his experiences as an educator over the past year. “Mr. Bloch says that…

Gary Mishica: His Work is Hobby, Joy, Passion

Gary Mishica When he was a high school sophomore, MEA member Gary Mishica already had a collection of old cars and buggies to work on, so his parents shouldn’t have been surprised to find another vehicle when they returned to their Copper Country home from a (rare) vacation. They “flipped out” to see an orange 1942 Ford ambulance in the…

Danya Stump: Building Preschool Potential

MEA member Danya Stump knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher, but she didn’t figure out until college that she wanted to be a preschool special education teacher. Danya Stump The impetus for her direction was a little boy she was assigned to work with at the early child development center where she worked as…

My View: Putting a Spotlight on Strategies

Robyne Muray By Robyne Muray While some educators have transitioned to virtual teaching this year without missing a beat, remote learning has challenged many professionals to find ways to build student participation while continuing to provide necessary guided instruction, classroom manage­ment, differentiated support, and social-emotional learning. In my travels throughout the Lansing School District, I have witnessed innovations firsthand. SYNCHRONOUS…

Demetrius Wilson: ‘We’ve made it work’

One of the ways that MEA member Demetrius Wilson chal­lenges students in his Engineering, Robotics, and Mechatronics program is to put “faults” into equipment that students have to solve before they can proceed with other tasks. Demetrius Wilson It’s one thing to know how to build or use equipment, but it’s next-level to fix broken stuff, he says. “I tell…

Rachel Niewiada: Honored on National TV

MEA member Rachel Niewiada already knew her Grandville Middle School choral music students were wonderful singers, but after she appeared on the ABC television program The View the seven-year teacher now knows they’re incredi­ble actors as well. Rachel Niewiada Niewiada says she had no idea several of her students would appear  in taped interviews to talk movingly about her impact…

Choir Teacher Surprised by Students on The View

Rachel Niewiada MEA member Rachel Niewiada already knew her Grandville Middle School choral music students were wonderful singers, but after she appeared last week on the ABC television program The View the seven-year teacher now knows they’re incredible actors as well. Niewiada says she had no idea several of her students would appear in taped interviews to talk movingly about…

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. Kat Sibalwa Had you presented to aspiring educators before? No. I’ve been…

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