Pat formerly led West MI Aviation Academy, and was named the 2018 MI Charter Admin of the Year.
2018 A.o.y. finalist
Aquan Miles is the Principal at Arbor Preparatory High School.
2018 A.O.Y. finalist
Bill is an administrator at Chatfield School.
2018 a.O.Y. FINALIST
Jim is the school leader at Black River Public Montessori Elementary.
2018 a.o.y. finalist
Shawn is an administrator at Global Heights Academy.
Head of School
When Ali began her journey at Muskegon Montessori Academy for Environmental Change, she found herself in the chaos of construction complications, dropping enrollment and tons of frustration. Her composure under that pressure led a transformational change, where montessori principles now thrive and grow.
Enjoying 100% teacher retention, MMAEC is a place of family - for the educators, students and families that enjoy the school's high performance. Ali can be found doing anything from leading school visits and helping with curriculum development, to mopping up spills and setting up environmental trips, demonstrating true servant leadership.
In 1972, Constance's parents, Dr. Havious Green and Mrs. Julia Green, opened a daycare center in the heart of Detroit, aiming to deliver better opportunities to students in the city. With a deep philosophy of hard work and excellence, the Green's raised eight outstanding daughters, all who went on to earn either medical degrees or advanced degrees.
When the center transitioned to a charter school, Constance took the reigns and continued a family legacy of educational leadership in Detroit. Now, Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center Academy is one of the most successful schools in the city, helping their students earn incredible scholarships, get into competitive programs and pursue their passions. Under Constance's strong leadership, her staff are empowered to not only deliver excellent instruction, but also uncover the deeper needs of their families, and ensure each child has the things they need to be successful.
At West MI Academy of Environmental Science, the campus that unfolds before you has gardens, a greenhouse, a beautiful wooded lot and expansive acres of land to explore. But when Kerri arrived, WMAES reached its full potential - both in terms of the culture and the academic achievement. Bringing a unique combination of competitive tenacity and a warm heart, Kerri forms strong relationships with each of the families at WMAES - even amidst a significant enrollment increase.
And while the school is one of the oldest charters in the state, with a unique and impressive background, it is only under her leadership that WMAES has become one of the highest performing in the state, in part thanks to Kerri's ability to retain staff, increase academic support programs, and bond with families.
Koree Woodward -
If you were to run into Koree in the grocery store, you'd never guess that she struggled academically - and until college, she really hadn't. But without the rigors afforded to students who take advanced placement and dual enrollment courses in high school, she felt totally unprepared when she finally started at the university. She climbed her way back, and fought her way to the top - but that story fuels her passion every day, and at Grand River Preparatory High School, she's creating the very high school experience she now wishes she could've had.
Grand River Prep ranks on nearly every statewide ranking of top high schools - especially when it comes to sending grads onto college - but it wasn't always that simple. When Koree stepped into a leadership role, she found herself at the helm of a group of educators who hadn't been led to see their own greatness. So she set off to make serious change - several years later, parents who had children both before and after her leadership still reflect on the dramatic positive changes she's brought to GRP.
The Talbot family found themselves in a unique situation in the summer of 1999. When the local district school refused to enroll their daughter in first grade (despite her having already completed kindergarten at a private school), they went looking for other options, eventually stumbling onto Huron Academy. As time passed, Mark was increasingly impressed with the school, and found his personal involvement growing and growing. Dedicating himself to supporting the school, first in a parent role, then a supportive administrative role, and finally in the "big seat," Mark has served Huron for 20 years.
Reflecting on all the leadership opportunities he always wished he had, Mark has cultivated a culture of openness and empowerment, where everyone in the school environment can pursue a path that fits their personal goals. But he still finds time to create those personal relationships with families - ensuring that educators and parents work as a team to deliver the very best to the kids at Huron. Reflecting on the hours he's spent making the school what it is today, Mark stands proud knowing that they are doing something truly extraordinary for the community, and for kids.
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The MI Charter Teacher Of the Year Award finalists & recipients are more than teachers. They're friends, mentors, relentless advocates and the people driving innovation for our next generation of learners.