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Grandville Educator Highlighted in Newest #proudMIeducator Video

LANSING – Growing up poor in a large family has provided at least one Michigan educator the gift to share compassion and dignity with parents who come to her with needs and wants for their children and is featured in this month’s Proud Michigan Educator video, part of a series devoted to uplifting Michigan’s educator profession.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to announce the release of the latest #proudMIeducator video, featuring Ana Aleman-Putman, former principal at Grandville East Elementary School who is now the Student Academic Excellence and Well Being Coordinator for the Grandville Public School District.

Ms. Aleman-Putman grew up in a low-income family—the 12th of 15 children—and her parents instilled a love for education from a young age. She says the only option for her and her siblings to escape poverty was to graduate from high school despite their family circumstances. Together, their family persevered and worked together to establish their lives in the community in which they were raised.

The video can be viewed at:

“It is important for us to continue highlighting the voices of inspired educators like Ana Aleman-Putman,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “The #proudMIeducator campaign is one way that we honor the hard work of passionate educators. We hope that others will consider a career in education after hearing her story.”

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