Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC)
The Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC) is a group of teacher leaders representing ten regions across Michigan. Each year’s ten Regional Teachers of the Year serve on the council, including the Regional TOY who is named as that year’s Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY). The MTOY serves as the head of the MTLAC.
Their mission is to share issues of importance to teachers and students with the MDE, while also providing needed input on proposed department policies and initiatives. During their year of service, members provide feedback to the MDE through monthly virtual meetings and quarterly in-person meetings, sharing best practices and concerns from educators throughout their respective region with MDE staff. The MTLAC began in 2017 with 24 educators from across Michigan applying directly to the MDE for selection to the advisory council before shifting to its current format in 2018-19 with membership determined through the MTOY program application process.
2019-2020 MTLAC (from left): Michele Pizzo, Katie Farrell, Tricia Zeman, Cara Lougheed, Amanda Clemons, Rachal Gustafson, Jeremy Winsor, Jessyca Mathews, and Douglas Duncan. Not Pictured: Kristalyn Musselman.