24 Teachers Selected For New Teacher Leadership Advisory Council

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

July 21, 2017

LANSING – Twenty-four teachers have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to serve on a new panel to help guide the state’s plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.

The two dozen teachers, from K-12 public schools across the state, will serve on the newly-created Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC), developed with a $10,000 grant from the national Council of Chief State School Officers.

“Their collective talents and experience will be an asset to the council as we collaborate on the state’s plan to implement Michigan’s ESSA plan and work to become a Top 10 educations state within 10 years,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said. “Based on the leadership these educators have demonstrated in our schools and communities, we know that Michigan’s students are in great hands.”

ESSA is the new federal law that replaced the previous No Child Left Behind Act. Every state is to develop a plan that it will use to improve educational outcomes for children and hold schools accountable and transparent for that success.

The MTLAC members and their school districts are:

Chris Woods

Calumet

Gina Pepin

Escanaba

Jane Porath

Traverse City

Nikky Willison

Petoskey

Kymberli Wregglesworth

Onaway

Katie Lee

Alpena

Heather Gauck

Grand Rapids

Amber Kasic

Holland

Andrew Neumann

Bay-Arenac

John Barnes

Saginaw

Michael Whalen

Kearsley

Aimee Torok

Grand Blanc

Jeff Croley

DeWitt

Kevin Tobe

Haslett

Robyne Muray

Lansing

Laura Chang

Vicksburg

Jonathan Starkey

Sturgis

Gina Wilson

Early College Alliance, Eastern Michigan University

Rez Kayto

Ann Arbor

Becky Godin

Holly

Beth Gonzales

Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency

Matthew Homrich-Knieling

Cesar Chavez Public School Academy

Ciera Searcy

Detroit Public Schools Community District

Jasmine Bates

Van Buren

 

The new MTLAC members were selected from a pool of more than 310 applicants from 10 Prosperity Regions across the state, following an application process open to all Michigan teachers. A competitive preference was given to those with experience or interest in teacher leadership positions.

The members will attend the panel’s only mandatory, in-person meeting, Aug. 9 in Bath. Otherwise, they mostly will participate in online meetings, where they can provide feedback on the state’s ESSA and Top 10 in 10 plans.

Council activities will be held outside of school hours. Members receive a $500 honorarium for the 2017-18 school year.

Members also will serve as ambassadors of the #proudMIeducator campaign (www.michigan.gov/proudmieducator).

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) currently is reviewing Michigan’s ESSA plan, submitted to USED on April 17.

To read Michigan’s ESSA Plan, and an Overview of the plan, go to www.michigan.gov/ESSA.