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Kalamazoo Teacher, Oakland County Principal Honored as Michigan’s Top Charter School Educators
DETROIT, Michigan (November 8, 2012) – A teacher from Kalamazoo and a principal from Oakland County were honored this week as the top charter school educators in the state of Michigan.
The awards were presented Tuesday during the 15th annual Michigan Charter School Conference, sponsored by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, the state’s united voice for charter schools. More than 2,000 charter school educators from around the state attended the awards luncheon, held at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
Meggan McMurtrie, a first-grade teacher at Forest Academy in Kalamazoo, was honored as the 2012 Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year. There are about 6,000 charter school teachers in Michigan, working in 276 public charter schools.
Julie Kildee, the principal of Holly Academy in Holly, was named the 2012 Michigan Charter School Administrator of the Year. There are more than 1,000 charter school administrators in the state.
“Meggan and Julie epitomize what charter schools are all about – quality, innovation and excellence in education,” said Dan Quisenberry, President of MAPSA. “They’re doing a superb job of preparing their students for higher education, a successful future and meaningful careers in the 21st century.”
There were five finalists for each award, chosen from the thousands of charter school educators throughout the state.
The other finalists for 2012 Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year were:
- Renee Arnot, a fifth and sixth grade teacher at American Montessori Academy-Upper Elementary in Redford
- Marcia Haggins, a history teacher at Covenant House Academy Southwest in Detroit
- Dion Prater, an eighth-grade English Language Arts teacher at Woodward Academy in Detroit
- Clint Prong, a math teacher at Cesar Chavez Academy High School in Detroit
The other finalists for 2012 Michigan Charter School Administrator of the Year were:
- Ralph Bland, Superintendent of the Detroit Edison Public School Academy
- Sylvia Green, Director of David Ellis Academy in Detroit
- Stephanie Hargens, Head of School at Michigan Virtual Charter Academy in Grand Rapids
- Travis Thomsen, Director of the West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics in Spring Lake
The Michigan Association of Public School Academies advances quality education through choice and innovation. MAPSA has been the unified voice of the public charter school movement in Michigan since 1996. MAPSA represents nearly 120,000 students, 6,000 teachers, dozens of authorizers and more than 50 education service providers working in 276 public charter schools in the state. MAPSA assists the state’s public charter schools in their mission to deliver achievement, choice and accountability through advocacy, communications, technical assistance and professional development services. For additional information, please visit www.charterschools.org.