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Woodhaven English Language Educator Highlighted in Latest PME Video

LANSING - Coming from Ukraine and having to learn English herself has helped Maryna Hedeen become a gifted teacher for children learning the English language

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to announce the release of the latest #proudMIeducator video, featuring Maryna Hedeen, an English Language Development educator in Woodhaven-Brownstown School District. Mrs. Hedeen shares her journey to becoming an educator who believes in building a community where every student will be successful.

The video can be viewed at: #proudMIeducator Maryna Hedeen

"It is important for us to continue highlighting the voices of educators," said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. "The #proudMIeducator campaign is one way that we honor the hard work of passionate educators such as Mrs. Hedeen. We hope that others will consider a career in education after hearing her inspiring story."

Mrs. Hedeen is a native Ukrainian who is passionate about helping students learn the English language and teaching about various cultures around the world to make all students feel welcomed and included.

Increasing the number of certified teachers, especially in areas of shortage, is one of the goals of Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan.

Since 2016, the #proudMIeducator series has featured educators and supporters of Michigan educators who share their passion for education. The full playlist can be found on the MDE YouTube page.

If you know a proud Michigan educator who should be considered for a future video feature, please email