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Why I Teach

Teachers can make the world a better place: one classroom, one student at a time. But who will commit to improving the profession?

Who will challenge our thinking about learning, fight for the potential of every person and lead others to tackle the greatest challenges facing future generations in their classrooms—not just for their students, but for the common good? Spartans will.

Here, Spartan educator alumni share what inspires them about teaching, favorite lesson plans, advice for new educators and more.

SHARE YOUR STORY or START YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOME A SPARTAN EDUCATOR.

Rachel ArmockLanguage Arts

Employer: Ombudsman Charter East

Teaching Certificate 2010

Degrees: B.A., English 2009

Location: Phoenix, AZ

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Andrea BrookSTEM Instruction

Employer: Lake Orion Community Schools

Teaching Certificate 1998

Degrees: B.S., 1997 Biology/Chemistry and M.A. 2000 Curriculum and Teaching

Location: Lake Orion, MI

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Bernard CharlesSocial Studies

Employer: Renaissance High School

Teaching Certificate 2013

Degrees: B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Public Policy 2012 and M.A, Teaching & Curriculum 2017

Location: Detroit, MI

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Adam ClementsFourth Grade

Employer: Hiawatha Elementary School

Teaching Certificate 2013

Degrees: B.A., Education 2012 and M.A., Teaching & Curriculum 2017

Location: Okemos, MI

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Lisa DrewThird Grade

Employer: Pine Knob Elementary School

Teaching Certificate 1996

Location: Clarkston, MI

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Devin EvansLanguage Arts

Employer: Noble Network of Charter Schools

Teacher Certification 2013

Location: Chicago, IL

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Michael FairSecond Grade

Employer: Midland Public Schools

Teaching Certificate 2018

Location: Midland, MI

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D'Angelo FarmerSeventh Grade

Employer: Henry Ford Academy Middle School

Teaching Certificate 2012

Degrees: B.A., Education 2011 and M.A., Teaching & Curriculum 2016

Location: Detroit, MI

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Rachelle GalangTechnology Integration

Employer: Oakland Schools

Teaching Certificate 2013

Degrees: B.A., Elementary Education 2012 and M.A, Educational Technology 2015

Location: Rochester Hills, MI

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Elizabeth GutowskiFirst Grade

Employer: Vienna Elementary School

Teaching Certificate 2013

Degrees: B.A., Elementary Education 2012 and M.A, Teaching & Curriculum 2016

Location: Vienna, VA

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Ben HartnellHistory

Employer: Westerville North High School

Teacher Certification 2001

Location: Westerville, OH

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Teryn HendersonSpanish

Employer: Holt High School

Teacher Certification 2018

Location: Holt, MI

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Danielle HookLearning & Development

Employer: MSU Infrastructure and Planning Facilities

Teacher Certification 2013

Location: East Lansing, MI

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Danielle LavalaisFifth Grade/Reading

Employer: Copeland Elementary School

Teaching Certificate 2017

Location: Houston, TX

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Brooke LarmFarm- & Nature-Based Education

Employer: MSU Extension & Bloomfield Hills Schools

Teaching Certificate 2004

Location: Novi & Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Curtis LewisCurriculum, Instruction & Culture

Employer: Detroit 90/90

Teaching Certificate 2001

Location: Detroit, MI

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Lakeya OmogunLiteracy & Literacy Student

Employer: University of Texas, Austin

Teaching Certificate 2010

Location: Austin, TX

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Jenna PrattEnglish

Employer: Everett Public Schools

Teaching Certificate 2017

Location: Mill Creek, WA

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Kaylie QuimbySpecial Education

Employer: Union Ridge School District

Teaching Certificate 2017

Location: Chicago, IL

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Kevin TobeMathematics

Employer: Haslett Public Schools

Teacher Certification 1998

Location: Haslett, MI

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Angela TottenK-5 STEAM

Employer: Hudsonville Public Schools

Teacher Certification 2001

Location: Hudsonville, MI

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Kate WatsonSocial Studies

Employer: South Iredell High School

Teacher Certification 2014

Location: Statesville, NC

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Melinda WhiteSTEM Curriculum

Employer: Maui Economic Development Board STEMworks Program

Teacher Certification 2007

Location: Kihei, HI

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Dan WolfordAcademic Engagement

Employer: Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School

Teacher Certification 2015

Location: Detroit, MI

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Ben WoodcockEnglish

Employer: Okemos High School

Teaching Certificate 2015

Location: Okemos, MI

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