State Superintendent Brian Whiston welcomed MEA RA delegates on Saturday. He’s been on the job since July, but he has already listened to the concerns of MEA members regarding the M-STEP and made changes to next year’s testing schedule. Whiston also invited MEA and AFT to share their recommendations to make Michigan a top 10 education state in the next 10 years. And he’s promised to make sure MEA is involved in any decisions regarding education in the state.
Kerry Shadbolt, a Williamston High School art teacher for the past eight years, and MEA member, has been named the state Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA), a professional organization for school art instructors. Each year, MEA partners with the group in presenting the annual Art Acquisition Purchase Exhibition.
Melody Arabo, last year’s Michigan Teacher of the Year and an MEA member, was selected as a Lead Fellow for the America Achieves Michigan Educator Fellowship. Arabo is a teacher at Walled Lake’s Keith Elementary; she is one of 100 fellows selected from Michigan.