Detroit Educator Candice Jackson Crowned 2024 Michigan Teacher of the Year

 Detroit Educator Candice Jackson Crowned 2024 Michigan Teacher of the YearCandice Jackson, a devoted educator with over two decades of experience, has been bestowed with the prestigious title of 2024 Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY). Her remarkable achievement not only reflects her dedication to her profession but also shines a spotlight on her profound impact within the Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD).

As a third-grade teacher at Mann Learning Community in Detroit, Michigan, Jackson has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to her students’ academic growth and personal development. With her innovative teaching methods and genuine passion for education, she has cultivated a supportive and enriching learning environment where every child feels valued and empowered.

Upon receiving the coveted award, Jackson expressed her gratitude, stating, “It’s been an overwhelming and humbling experience.” Her recognition as the 2024 Michigan Teacher of the Year underscores her exceptional contributions to the field of education and highlights her dedication to serving her community.

State Superintendent Michael Rice, who presented the award to Jackson during a surprise visit to her classroom, commended her for her outstanding achievements. He emphasized the importance of celebrating exemplary educators like Jackson and giving them a platform to advocate for positive change within the education system.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer also lauded Jackson’s decades of service to children and families in Detroit, recognizing her role in helping students achieve their full potential. “We are thrilled to honor Candice and highlight her efforts in the classroom to help students achieve their potential and her peer leadership work to empower fellow educators as well,” said Governor Whitmer.

Jackson’s selection as the 2024 Michigan Teacher of the Year follows a rigorous and competitive process, involving nominations from hundreds of teachers statewide. Her dedication, leadership and commitment to excellence set her apart as a deserving recipient of this esteemed accolade.

Reflecting on her role as an educator, Jackson shared, “I do believe that education is a noble profession. We have the ability to shape the future.” Her words encapsulate the profound impact that teachers like her have on shaping the lives of their students and inspiring them to reach their full potential.

In addition to her responsibilities as the 2024 Michigan Teacher of the Year, Jackson will serve as an advocate for public school teachers statewide, engaging in discussions on how to improve Michigan’s schools. She will also represent Michigan’s teachers on various advisory committees, further amplifying her voice and influence within the education community.

Moreover, Candice Jackson will be Michigan’s nominee for the 2024 National Teacher of the Year competition, further solidifying her status as an exemplary educator on a national scale

Candice Jackson’s recognition as the 2024 Michigan Teacher of the Year serves as a testament to her dedication, passion and unwavering commitment to excellence in education. Her impact on the lives of her students and her community is truly immeasurable, and her legacy as an outstanding educator will continue to inspire generations to come.

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