• Michigan Teacher of the Year

    The Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY) is the spokesperson for Michigan's 100,000+ teachers. The MTOY attends all State Board of Education meetings as a non-voting member of the board. Additionally, the MTOY has the opportunity to meet with the State Superintendent, Governor of Michigan, President of the United States, and other State and National Teachers of the Year. The MTOY is Michigan's applicant for National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) and attends four national conferences through the NTOY program, including attendance at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. The MTOY has the opportunity through Walden University for a full scholarship to the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership programs. The MTOY brings recognition to the district he or she represents and has expanded opportunities for advancement in the field of education.

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  • Announcing the 2018-2019 Michigan Teacher of the Year -  Laura Chang, Second Grade Teacher at Sunset Lake Elementary in Vicksburg Community Schools. 


    2018-2019 Michigan Teacher of the Year, Laura Chang

    Laura Chang is entering her nineteenth year of teaching at Sunset Lake Elementary in Vicksburg Community Schools where she currently teaches second grade. Previously, she has taught pre-K, first/second grade multiage, third grade and has worked as an instructional consultant at Tobey Elementary. She serves as a mentor coach and district technology integration leader. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Special Educational and Literacy Studies department at Western Michigan University. In her free time, Laura enjoys reading, camping, and downhill skiing with her family.

    Laura is looking forward to working with the other Regional Michigan Teachers of the Year to share strategies to meet the diverse needs of the learners across the state.  She is thrilled to be a part of this dynamic team of teachers who are invested in finding ways to impact the students of Michigan’s public schools in a positive way.

    She loves being a teacher because of the precious little learners who walk into her classroom each day.  They inspire her daily with their hard work, their perseverance, and their joy for learning. Chang’s students also encourage her with their curiosity, excitement for learning and passion for accomplishing difficult tasks.  Chang says she is so blessed to have a job in which every day is different, and is so fortunate to work in the fulfilling, life-changing career of teaching.


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  • 2019-2020 MTOY Nominee Application

    Nominations for the 2019-2020 MTOY selection cycle will open in September 2018. 


  • MDE Teacher of the Year Coordinator

    Joshua Roesner
    Office of Educator Excellence
    P.O. Box 30008
    Lansing, MI 48909




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  • National Teacher of the Year

    National Teacher of the Year program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The National Teacher of the Year is chosen from among the State Teachers of the Year by a national selection committee representing the major national education organizations. Each April, the National Teacher of the Year is introduced to the American people by the President of the United States. The National Teacher of the Year is released from classroom duties during the year of recognition to travel nationally and internationally as a spokesperson for the teaching profession. All activities of the National Teacher, and projects involving the State Teachers of the Year, are coordinated through the National Teacher of the Year Program. The National Teacher of the Year Program, presented by the ING Foundation, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers.