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Michigan Teacher of the Year

Leah Porter Teaching Class

Michigan Teacher of the Year

Nominations for the 2022-23 Michigan Teacher of the Year program are now closed and nominees have received emails informing them of their nomination. For more information about this year's selection cycle, please refer to the tentative timeline for the program year, which contains important dates.

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 advocate for Michigan's more than 90,000 teachers, working with 9 fellow Regional Teachers of the Year (RTOYs) as the Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC) to share feedback and input on educational policies and initiatives with MDE and propose ways to enhance student learning. Each RTOY brings recognition to the district he or she represents and has expanded opportunities for professional development at the state level and additional opportunities to share their experience and expertise. 

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 Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the organization which coordinates the National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) program. Each year's MTOY is Michigan's applicant for National Teacher of the Year.

As part of the CCSSO's programming for state teachers of the year, the MTOY attends four national conferences, including Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. The MTOY also has an opportunity to attend the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership program at Walden University via a scholarship extended to the MTOY.

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 Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC).

2021-22 Michigan Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to the 2021-22 Michigan Teacher of the Year: Leah Porter, Wilcox Elementary, Holt Public Schools

Leah is a 3rd grade teacher at Wilcox Elementary in Holt Public Schools and is entering her 16th year of teaching. After spending the first 15 years of her career teaching kindergarten, Porter moved to 3rd grade for the 2021-22 academic year.

2021-22 Regional Teachers of the Year Bios

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For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Robel
Office of Educator Excellence
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909


Thank you to the following for their continued support of the Michigan Teacher of the Year.

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