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Seven New Members Named to the Innovative Educator Corps

January 24, 2019

LANSING – Seven more Michigan educators have been selected to the statewide Innovative Educator Corp (IEC), the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.

The Innovative Educator Corps (IEC), authorized under the Marshall Plan for Talent (Public Act 227 of 2018), is a new recognition program for Michigan teachers who utilize an innovative educational program, methodology, or strategy to help prepare their students for future success in high-demand fields.

The seven newly-added members join the seven original members announced last November.

The new IEC members are:

  • Fred Hingst, DeWitt Public Schools
  • Cindy Olson, Tuscola Intermediate School District
  • Brook Begres, AuGres-Sims School District
  • Chandra Bonnau, Lincoln Park Public Schools
  • Matt Oney, Escanaba Area Public Schools
  • Sara Papineau, Buckley Community Schools
  • Matthew Zimmer, Dollar Bay Schools

“Strong, bright, and innovative educators continue to help Michigan become a Top 10 education state in 10 years,” said Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles. “Letting innovative educators take a lead role in improving instruction for teachers across the state will help increase student achievement and their passion for learning.”

IEC members will receive a $5,000 stipend as recognition for their innovative instruction and an additional $5,000 to be used in partnership with their Intermediate School District to expand, replicate, and share innovative practices.

Educators applying for the IEC are required to document pupil academic achievement and successful implementation of innovative instructional methodology in preparing pupils for 21st Century careers; and exemplify the passion, energy, and professionalism of the teaching profession. The Genesee Intermediate School District (ISD) partners with MDE to help administer the IEC program.

“We are so proud of the amazing work and dedication Michigan educators demonstrate in the classroom,” said Genesee Intermediate School District Superintendent Lisa Hagel. “Their talents impact young lives every day. These newest members of the IEC, along with future members, will help us highlight, share, and replicate the exciting and innovative teaching practices happening across Michigan.”

Each year, educators may apply to the IEC with up to 100 selected to serve for up to three years on the corps. The application period for those interested in joining the second cohort of IEC members will open in Spring 2019.

For more information on the IEC, visit the program website:,4615,7-140-5683_13651-475817--,00.html.