As Jason Strzalkowski describes it, it was a devastating circumstance that brought him to seek out MEA’s professional development services. On October 31, 2014, Jason took a leave from his middle school teaching position at McBride Middle School in Van Buren. He left to be with his family and young daughter, Amelie, who was suffering from brain cancer, and tragically passed away this past February.
Bronwyn Jones has been teaching English at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) for 27 years. She remembers, “As faculty, we are embedded in the school and we are the closest people to the students. We wanted a seat at the table so that we could contribute our collective wisdom to the success of the education institution that we care so much about.”
But the administration wasn’t eager to have them involved.