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Migrant Student-Turned-Teacher Is Featured in #proudMIeducator Video

LANSING – A former migrant student who has grown to become a teacher and now instills in his young students the value of education and appreciation for the opportunities that students have is featured in this month’s #proudMIeducator video, released today by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

Alfredo Aleman, an elementary school educator at Arcadia Elementary School in the Kalamazoo Public Schools, grew up in a low-income migrant family of 15 children. His parents instilled in Aleman a love for education from a young age. Aleman said the only option for him and his siblings 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.

“Mr. Aleman is representative of the dedicated educators we have in our public schools,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “He is a model for other educators and an inspiration to children who start out with challenging circumstances: students can improve themselves and others through education.

“It is important for us to continue highlighting the voices of educators,” Dr. Rice said. “The #proudMIeducator campaign is one way that we honor the hard work of passionate educators, such as Alfredo, and we hope that others will consider a career in education after hearing his story.”

Increasing the number of certified teachers, especially in areas of shortage, is one

of the eight 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