What should policymakers ask us? Members share their ideas in new video

In the latest  online video in MEA’s statewide ad campaign, “Ask Me,” you’ll hear members in their own words say what they want policymakers to know about education in Michigan. Watch the video here.

You can hear their frustration as those policymakers continue to make decisions that impact students and educators without having set foot in a classroom lately.

MEA Advantage - Jason Strzalkowski

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.


Their new MEA membership gives them a voice and security knowing that they’re not alone

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.

Art teacher and MEA member earns statewide award

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.