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Like a Boy Scout, Be Prepared When Camping

July 1, 2015

Before you decide to go off the grid to enjoy the tranquility of nature, be sure to keep in mind a few tips that may help your camping experience be a more enjoyable one.
 

Topic: Safety, Travel, Education

The Summer Road Trip – Prepare to Have Fun!

June 16, 2015

Nothing creates more family memories than the summer road trip.  Be sure your trip is all that you want it to be by some simple planning and preparation before you go. ...

Topic: Auto, Travel

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. ...

Topic: Community, MTOY, Travel

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.

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching

Nice Kids Can Be Mean, Too

February 9, 2015

Michigan Teacher of the Year Melody Arabo discusses how even the brightest, nicest kids can show bullying behavior. But with a slight change in language, children are more willing to accept their behavior and take responsibility for it. ...

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching

Keep Your Packages Safe

December 10, 2014

If you don’t want to sit at work or on vacation worrying if your packages will be there when you get home, here are a few steps you can take. ...

Topic: Safety, Community

OU Leadership Celebration Honors Pinos

November 17, 2014

Since 2006, John and Marie Pino, owners of the Pino Insurance Agency, have honored John’s father with a scholarship in his name at the Oakland University School of Education and Human Services, and now Oakland University (OU) is honoring the Pinos and several other donors at its Leadership Celebration.

Topic: Community, Insurance

Let's Get Connected

November 5, 2014

Twitter was new for me last year. I opened a personal account years ago, but just didn’t see what all the buzz was about. Once my district started encouraging teachers to build their PLN’s, I reluctantly created a professional account. I was a little skeptical that it would be more of a distraction and less of a genuine resource, but I’m officially convinced otherwise. ...

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching, Social Media

The Student Teacher Wish List

October 9, 2014

I recently attended a DARTEP (Directors and Representatives of Teacher Education Programs) meeting with the Michigan Department of Education at Saginaw Valley State University. The purpose was to discuss pertinent information about teacher preparation programs across the state of Michigan.

Topic: MTOY, Teaching

Other People Make Promises — Meemic Delivers

October 3, 2014

The skies were so dark, Jim Vollmers remembered. Jim and wife Lisa had just picked up their 16-year-old son Spencer from baseball practice. (Daughter Olivia, age 18, was at high school soccer practice.) That’s when the family heard the sirens. Soon, they’d see the tornado. Later, they’d test the Meemic insurance they’d had for over 20 years — but that’s later in the story. ...

Topic: Home, Safety, Insurance

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