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Labor Voices: Mentoring, professional support essential for educator retention

Michigan kids deserve the best and brightest educators. That seems like an uncontroversial statement, yet in the face of an educator shortage, some lawmakers have proposed significantly lowering our state’s teacher certification standards and making it easier for unqualified people to lead a classroom of young students. The last thing our state’s leaders should be doing is permanently weakening Michigan’s…

Escanaba Educator Named Michigan Teacher of the Year: ‘I want to be that light in someone’s darkness’

Although MEA member Nanette Hanson has achieved rarefied status as the newly crowned 2022-23 Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY), the first grade teacher in Escanaba embodies the story of so many educators. Nanette Hanson and Escanaba Area Public Schools Superintendent Coby Fletcher Troubled by low self-esteem growing up in the small Upper Peninsula town of Gladstone, Hanson said in…

More districts start programs enticing students to teach

School districts are taking advantage of state grants, creating new high school courses, and developing partnerships with colleges and universities to address the educator shortage by exposing students to career opportunities in the profession before they reach college. The growth of courses and programs for high schoolers reflects heightened concerns around far fewer young people pursuing education careers as active…

My View: A Chance Encounter

By Shana Saddler Shana Saddler Michigan summers have a special place in my heart as a time for many educators to recharge their spirit and spend quality time with family and friends. Last summer I experienced one of the most frightening yet joyful times in my life – one that reminded me what it means to be an educator. I…

MI Educator talks with U.S. Ed Secretary, White House Advisors: ‘I am hopeful about public education’

Theresann Pyrett, president of the West Ottawa Education Association, traveled to Washington D.C. in late April to speak with the Biden Administration about the positive impact federal school rescue funds have had on her school district and ways in which Michigan educators need continued support. Pyrett is among a handful of educators from across the country who briefed U.S. Education…

Escanaba MEA member named Michigan Teacher of the Year

Nanette Hanson Congratulations to MEA member Nanette Hanson, a first-grade teacher in Escanaba Area Public Schools, for being named Wednesday as Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2022-23. Hanson teaches at Lemmer Elementary School and will be entering her 26th year of teaching this fall. “Nanette is a life-changing educator who has been serving her community for 26 years and…

‘Beyond awesome’ special-ed teacher involves students in wedding

Gabe Purdy (left), MEA member Elaine Zomberg, and Riley Jo Peltier The past three years brought MEA member Elaine Zomberg so close to two special students in her class for cognitively impaired young people that the fourth-year Grand Haven educator invited them to play important roles in her spring wedding. The COVID-19 pandemic began during Zomberg’s first year running a…

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