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Birmingham School Librarian Featured in Newest #proudMIeducator Video

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is announcing the release of the latest #proudMIeducator video featuring Carrie Betts, certified librarian at West Maple Elementary School in Birmingham Public Schools.

The #proudMIeducator campaign highlights the amazing work that Michigan educators do. MDE hopes to inspire others to dedicate themselves to a career in education after hearing these stories. 

West Maple Elementary School’s library was named the 2023 National School Library of the Year by the American Association of School Librarians. This National School Library Award marks just the third time since the award was established in 1963 that a Michigan school district has earned the prestigious honor of recognizing school libraries as a unique and essential part of the school learning community.

“Ms. Betts exemplifies the qualities of a #proudMIeducator,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael F. Rice. “I appreciate her innovative library programs at West Maple Elementary School. Shout-outs to her, West Maple Elementary, and Birmingham Public Schools for this national recognition. Michigan educators across the state strive daily to make a positive difference in the lives of their students.”

Increasing the number of certified teachers in areas of shortage is goal 7 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

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