Help Michigan choose Teacher of the Year

With classes back in full swing, it’s time to look at honoring those who excel in guiding and educating all those students in the seats.

The state Department of Education is asking educators, administrators, students and parents to help in finding the next Michigan Teacher of the Year.

The Michigan Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Meemic Foundation, have been in place since 1952 and is part of a national recognition effort as well.

“Great teachers are found in every school in our state,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said. “The Michigan Teacher of the Year program … is the one enduring tribute to this important profession.”

The 2018-2019 Michigan Teacher of the Year will be the spokesperson for all teachers in the state, according to the MDE. This includes participating in monthly state Board of Education meetings and traveling to state and national events involving Teachers of the Year from across the country. That teacher will remain a full-time employee of their district during their year of service.

And you can be part of the selection process. The MDE will take nominations through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 20.

It can be done online, too, at the MDE website at www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-5683_13651_38018—,00.html. The site also provides more information on what the award entails, but the basic requirements to be eligible for nomination are:

— Have a valid Michigan teaching certificate;

— Have at least five successful years of teaching experience in Michigan;

— Be involved in the direct education of students.

For more information or to have questions answered, contact Michigan Teacher of the Year Coordinator Josh Roesner at roesnerj1@michigan.gov.

Let’s see if the next teacher to represent the finest in Michigan public education can come from the Upper Peninsula.

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