Stoney Creek High School Educator Named Michigan Teacher of the Year

Rochester Community School Educator Named Michigan Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Department of Education

Both women stand at a podium

Cara Lougheed and Sheila Alles

Rochester Community School (RCS) District teacher, Cara Lougheed, was selected as the 2019-20 Michigan Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles surprised Lougheed with the top honor during an all-school assembly.

“Ms. Lougheed has an incredible ability to forge meaningful relationships with those around her, whether it’s students in her English class, or college students she’s mentoring to become our next generation of educators,” Alles said. “She cares about their long-term success, both inside and outside the classroom, and provides them with the tools necessary to be lifelong learners. She is an inspirational educator who truly embodies what it means to put students first.”

An English and history teacher at Stoney Creek High School, Lougheed was first named one of 10 Michigan Regional Teachers of the Year (representing Region 9) which qualified her as a finalist for Teacher of the Year. A panel of statewide MDE educators interviewed the 10 finalists in April before selecting Lougheed.

Cara Lougheed

Cara Lougheed

“Cara is part of an outstanding educational team committed to building meaningful relationships with students for deep learning opportunities. We are so proud of her accomplishments and congratulate her on receiving this prestigious award,” said Stoney Creek High School Principal Cathryn Skedel, Ph.D.

Lougheed joined the district in 1998 and taught at Rochester High School until the fall of 2002. She then relocated to Stoney Creek High School where she was among the first teachers to instruct students in the community’s newest high school.

As MDE Teacher of the Year, Lougheed will represent more than 90,000 Michigan teachers and will serve on the Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council where she can advocate for students and influence education policies and initiatives statewide. “Hopefully this means I can represent my friends and teachers across the state. I can learn a lot and lift up their voices. I want to encourage more people to be teachers. I want to uplift the profession,” said Lougheed.

“We celebrate Cara’s success as the Michigan Teacher of the Year,” said RCS Superintendent Robert Shaner, Ph.D. “At Rochester Community Schools, we are proud of our caring team of professionals who share in joyful, innovative learning experiences with our students. They are the heart of RCS pride. Congratulations Cara.”

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