Semifinalists Announced for Michigan Charter School Administrator and Teacher of the Year Awards

LANSING, Michigan – Twenty-five outstanding educators from all corners of Michigan have been honored as semifinalists for the Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year awards. The semifinalists were announced by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state charter school association.

There are more than 10,000 charter school teachers and more than 1,500 charter school administrators in Michigan, and hundreds of nominations were received for this year’s awards.

From here, the list of semifinalists will be narrowed down to the five most outstanding finalists for each award. The finalists will be announced on March 27 (teachers) and March 29 (administrators), and each finalist will be featured in a video series on MAPSA’s Facebook page. The winners of the 2018 Michigan Charter School Administrator of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards will then be announced during National Charter Schools Week, May 6-12.

The 15 semifinalists for the 2018 Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year award:

  • Megan Altieri, Wellspring Preparatory High School, Grand Rapids, high school art
  • Robert Barrett, West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, Grand Rapids, high school science
  • Kayla Campbell, Creative Technologies Academy, Cedar Springs, third grade
  • Katherine Dickson, Old Redford Academy, Detroit, high school chemistry
  • Joe Griffith, Honey Creek Community School, Ann Arbor, middle school social studies
  • Dorothy Heberling, Kingsbury Country Day School, Oxford, kindergarten
  • Mara Magyarosi-Laytner, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit, high school art
  • Stephanie Monroe, West Michigan Aviation Academy, Grand Rapids, high school science
  • Kristen Moore, FlexTech High School, Brighton, high school math
  • Kristina Price, Trillium Academy, Taylor, third grade
  • Dave Sarkipato, Wellspring Preparatory High School, Grand Rapids, high school math
  • Meagan Scott, American Montessori Academy, Livonia, elementary
  • Cinda Shumaker, Concord Academy Boyne, Boyne City, fourth grade
  • Ben Talsma, Crossroads Charter Academy, Big Rapids
  • Jennifer Villwock, Woodland Park Academy, Grand Blanc, third grade

The 10 semifinalists for the Michigan Charter School Administrator of the Year award:

  • Latricia Brown, Northridge Academy, Flint
  • Pat Cwayna, West Michigan Aviation Academy, Grand Rapids
  • Ali DuBois, Muskegon Montessori Academy for Environmental Change
  • Aquan Grant, Arbor Preparatory High School, Ypsilanti
  • Bill Kraly, The Chatfield School, Lapeer
  • Ticheal Jones, American Montessori Academy, Livonia
  • Kevin Kelly, The Greenspire School, Traverse City
  • Jim Levering, Black River Public School Montessori Elementary, Holland
  • Shawn Robson, Global Heights Academy, Dearborn Heights
  • Shelli Wildfong, Metro Charter Academy, Romulus