Start of a Journey – Part Four

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor In Part Four of our series tracking one school year in the lives of two early career educators, both have reached the final stretch of the academic calendar—only to focus anew on beginnings.The teachers have emerged into spring reflecting on lessons learned with an eye to continuous improvement. The…

MEA Launches Free College Benefit

MEA member Carolyn Rink always wanted to go to college, but marriage and four children—a job and bills—got in the way. Last month, Rink not only started college nearly 40 years after graduating high school, but she took the plunge with her adult daughter. The mother-daughter duo—both first-time college students—are taking advantage of a new…

Negaunee Teacher Creates Bridge Building Dynasty

MEA member Kevin Bell and three seniors from his Negaunee High School Computer-Aided Design (CAD) class will compete next month for the Upper Peninsula school’s ninth straight national title in a model bridge building contest that tests students’ design, engineering, and construction skills. The highly competitive TRAC Bridge Challenge now accepts six entries from more…

Vape Device Invades Schools

It’s a dangerous trend sweeping school campuses nationwide that every parent and teacher should know about—‘Juuling.’ Most parents have no clue what it is, but your child likely knows. A Juul is a small, sleek vaping device that resembles a USB flash drive and charges when plugged into a laptop. The trend is so popular…