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Sibling Educators Featured in Newest #proudMIeducator Video

LANSING—Coming from an immigrant family of 15 kids, two siblings have made successful careers as proud Michigan educators and share their inspiring story in the latest #proudMIeducator video.

Ana Aleman-Putman, former principal at Grandville East Elementary School, and Alfredo Aleman, an elementary teacher for Kalamazoo Public Schools, use their experiences growing up to help motivate and educate children to reach for success themselves. Mrs. Aleman-Putnam is now the Student Academic Excellence and Well Being Coordinator for the Grandville Public School District.

“It is important for us to continue highlighting the voices of educators,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “They all have compelling and inspiring stories to share and the #proudMIeducator campaign is one way that we honor the hard work of passionate educators, such as Ana and Alfredo. We hope that others will consider a career in education after hearing their 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