Michigan Education Association unveils new ‘Ask Me' video highlighting early career educators

Posted at 1:27 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 13:27:14-04

The Michigan Education Association today unveiled a new video highlighting the determination of early career educators to pursue their passions and make a difference in the lives of students, despite current challenges facing Michigan educators.

The video features MEA members who are in their first three years of teaching or who are preparing to become teachers. The video tells the stories of why these young teachers chose their profession and how they plan to make a difference in the lives of their students. The teachers also discuss challenges they faced and how they overcame adversity in pursuit of their calling.

“We’re facing a teacher shortage nationally and in Michigan, so it’s more important than ever that we listen to the voices of young professionals entering the field,” said MEA President Paula Herbart. “Our newest educators deserve respect, support and admiration for their service to Michigan’s students and our future.”

The video can be viewed at It is the latest in a series of “Ask Me” videos on the important roles school employees play and how they need to be listened to as the front line experts in public education who care deeply about the success of every student.

“We go into teaching because our heart is into it,” said Sygnett Swann, a Kalamazoo 2nd year math teacher featured in the video. “You give your heart and your soul every day – and it’s worth it.”