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Romulus Educator Highlighted in Latest #proudMIeducator Video

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is honored to announce the release of the latest #proudMIeducator video, featuring Guadalupe Serrato, an English learner educator at Summit Academy North Elementary School, a Public School Academy in Romulus. Ms. Serrato, a non-native English speaker, shares her journey starting as a school volunteer, then paraprofessional, then a certificated teacher.

“It is important for us to continue highlighting the voices of educators, including those who may travel non-traditional paths,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “The #proudMIeducator campaign is one way that we honor the hard work of passionate educators such as Ms. Serrato. We hope that others will consider a career in education after hearing her story.”

Ms. Serrato’s early work with children as a volunteer and a grant from Apple encouraged her to continue her education to become a teacher. In 2020 she earned her bachelor’s degree in K-12 Spanish Education and a minor in K-12 English as a second language (ESL) from Eastern Michigan University, as well as her teaching certificate in 2021.

As Ms. Serrato says in the video: “It’s never too late to fulfill your dreams. As long as you want it, you can achieve it.”

The video can be viewed at: #proudMIeducator: Guadalupe Serrato

Increasing the number of certified teachers, especially in areas of shortage, is one of the eight goals of Michigan’s 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