Since 1952, one of Michigan’s outstanding teachers has been named our state’s Teacher of the Year (MTOY). The MTOY serves as a representative and spokesperson for Michigan’s more than 90,000 teachers, working with 9 other Regional Teachers of the Year (RTOYs) as the Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC) to share feedback and concerns of educational policies and initiatives with the MDE and propose ways to enhance student learning.
Each month, the MTOY attends State Board of Education meetings as a non-voting member of the board and presents on issues of importance to teachers across the state with one of the RTOYs. In addition to meeting with state legislative and educational leadership, the MTOY can meet national leaders and work with their fellow state teachers of the year from other U.S. states and territories through programming arranged by the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO), the organization which coordinates the National Teacher of the Year program. Each year’s MTOY is Michigan’s applicant for National Teacher of the Year. To date, several MTOYs have been named as NTOY finalists, most recently, Robert Stevenson in 2010. Michigan has had one National Teacher of the Year, Thomas Fleming, who was honored in 1992.
As part of the CCSSO’s programming for state teachers of the year, the MTOY 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. Each RTOY brings recognition to the district he or she represents and has expanded opportunities for professional development at the state level.
Thank you to the Meemic Foundation for their continued sponsorship and support of the Michigan Teacher of the Year, the Regional Teachers of the Year and the Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC).
Current Michigan Teacher of the Year
Cara Lougheed has taught English Language Arts and History in Rochester Community Schools for 21 years. She began her teaching career at Rochester High School in 1998 and was a founding staff member of Stoney Creek High School when it opened in the fall of 2001. Over the years, Cara has taught multiple levels of English, from remediation to Advanced Placement Courses, as well as U.S. and World History. To read more about Cara, please go to the Cara Lougheed Biography Page.
- 2019-2020 Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council Members
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