Michigan Teacher of the Year

You Matter – Helping LGBT Students

April 26, 2016

As Michigan Teacher of the Year 2016, Rick Joseph travels the state to offer a classroom teacher’s perspective on a variety issues that affect everyone. The plight of students who are LGBTQ is an area of much needed improvement. ...

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Detroit Loyola - Serving, Growing, Excelling

March 24, 2016

A unique learning environment on the west side of Detroit, Loyola has grown steadily over the past 23 years due to the passionate dedication of every member of its staff to reach and teach every young man who walks through its doors each day. ...

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Excellent Education for All

February 16, 2016

One of Michigan Teacher of the Year Rick Joseph’s platform items is addressing how income inequality affects education. Here, he speaks from personal experience teaching for several years in vastly different districts. ...

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Saginawesome! A visit to Saginaw HS and Carrollton MS

January 19, 2016

When I first stepped inside Saginaw High School, I could feel a palpable sense of resiliency and community pride that runs deep in this mid-Michigan town. ...

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Read. Read. READ!

November 17, 2015

One of the most amazing and pleasurable things Michigan Teacher of the Year Rick Joseph gets to do as an educator is read aloud to students every day. Educators and parents know the central role that reading aloud plays in the literacy of both children and adults.

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The Idea Hive – Where Ideas Turn to Action

October 20, 2015

Challenging, personal, transformative conversations happen on a daily basis in the Idea Hive, a classroom space shared by Jeff Croley and Jason LaFay at Dewitt High School. MTOY Rick Joseph pays a visit. ...

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'Empathy in Action' works at home - and the classroom

September 21, 2015

As an educator, Michigan Teacher of the Year Rick Joseph is constantly aware of the importance of cultivating communities of care. As he helps his son batter cancer, he sees people who could use some extra help – something consistent with the first component of his platform as MTOY – equity. ...

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Meet 2015-16 MTOY Rick Joseph

August 17, 2015

Rick Joseph is Michigan’s Teacher of the Year for 2015-16. He’s a fifth/sixth grade teacher at Birmingham Covington School and has more than 20 years of classroom experience. We talked with Rick about his teaching experience and what his goals are for the coming school year. ...

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Passing the Torch on Michigan Teacher of the Year

May 18, 2015

Exactly one year ago, Melody Arabo's life completely changed. Within moments at a surprise assembly, she went from being a third-grade teacher to being the Michigan Teacher of the Year. While that day was incredible and overwhelming and emotional, it couldn’t even begin to prepare her for the wonder and awe she would experience through this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. ...

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Ignite the Flame in Education

March 17, 2015

Michigan Teacher of the Year Melody Arabo was invited to speak at the Governor’s Economic and Education Summit at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Her speech seemed to cause quite a stir, and several people reached out and asked her to publish it. She shares it here.

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