Laura Chang, a second-grade teacher at Sunset Lake Elementary in Vicksburg, was announced last week as the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher of the Year.
Chang learned of her selection during a surprise visit from interim state superintendent Sheila Alles during a school visit to highlight the school’s academic success.
Chang, who is the first Kalamazoo County recipient of the honor in program history, has taught in Vicksburg Community Schools her entire 18-year teaching career since receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University.
She was selected by a panel of statewide education stakeholders following interviews with the 10 Regional Teachers of the Year.
Chang and the nine other Regional Teachers of the Year will be recognized by the State Board of Education during its August 14 meeting.