Michigan Teacher of the Year

2020 Michigan Teacher of the Year -  Cara Lougheed

On May 8, 2019, MDE named Cara Lougheed 2020 Michigan Teacher of the Year.


Cara has been part of the Rochester Community Schools since 1998, and was a founding member of the Stoney Creek High School when it opened in 2001. With a bachelor's in Secondary Education from Western Michigan University and a master's in Teaching & Learning from Nova Southeastern University, Cara has taught varying levels of English, and U.S. and World History to her students.

Cara is the student intern and mentor liaison to Oakland University, and works collaboratively with the Michigan Program Network (MiPN) and TeachingWorks to improve teacher education.

Learn more about Cara's announcement on our Blog!


Cara Lougheed (2020)

Rochester Community Schools

Laura Chang (2019)

Vicksburg Community Schools

Luke Wilcox (2018)

East Kentwood Public Schools

Tracy Horodyski (2017)

Kenowa Hills Public Schools

Rick Joseph (2016)

Birmingham Public Schools

Melody Arabo (2015)

Walled Lake Public Schools

Gary G. Abud, Jr. (2014)

Grosse Pointe Public School System

Bobbi Jo Kenyon (2013)

Grand Rapids Public Schools

Paul Galbenski (2012)

Oakland Schools

Matinga Ragatz (2011)

Grand Ledge Public Schools

Robert Stephenson (2010)

Okemos Public Schools

Jennifer Haberling (2009)

Hudsonville Public Schools

June Teisan (2008)

Harper Woods Public Schools

Kimberly Kyff (2007)

Detroit Public Schools

Daniel J. Schab (2006)

Williamston Community Schools

Heidi L. Capraro (2005)

Northville Public Schools

William R, Cecil (2004)

Waverly Community Schools

Susan L. Gutierrez (2003)

Forest Hills Public Schools

James F. Linsell (2002)

Traverse City Public Schools

Joan E. Garretson (2001)

Walled Lake School District

Margaret Holtschlag (2000)

Haslett Public Schools

Timothy Graham (1999)

Wyandotte Public Schools

Katherine Grzesiak (1998)

Midland Public Schools

Sue Szcepanski (1997)

Marquette Public Schools

Sharon L Green (1996, 1995)

Marquette Public Schools

Robert Lawrence Van Camp (1994)

Utica Public Schools

Nancy Flanagan (1993)

Harland Consolidated Schools

Thomas A. Fleming (1992)

Washtenaw Intermediate School District

Katherine Afendoulis (1991)

Forest Hills Public Schools

Cynthia Ann Broad (1990)

L'Anse Creuse Public Schools

Andrea Rochelle Willis (1989)

Warren Consolidated Schools

Edward Manning (1988)

Lincoln Consolidated Schools

Nancy Corbin Bray (1987)

Jenison Public Schools

Jaqueline Caffey (1986)

Detroit Public Schools

Judyth Dobbert (1985)

Albion Public Schools

Marvelle J. Vannest (1984)

Kalkaska Public Schools

Hugh P. Spagnolo (1983)

Lansing Public Schools

Melvin Anthony Miller (1982)

L'Anse Creuse Public Schools

Joan Hammersmith (1981)

Forest Hills Public Schools

John Ryer (1973)

Battle Creek Public Schools

Mary Ellen Stier (1970)

New Haven Community Schools

Ryll Clark (1968)

Arlene E. Phillips (1967)

Dearborn City School District

Myrtie Bowerman (1966)

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools

Ralph N. Deal (1964)

Grosse Pointe Public Schools

Isabelle Mattson (1961)

Union City Public School

Mary Fordice Noecker (1957)

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Rosalind Zapf (1952)

Detroit Public Schools