2020 Teacher of the Year:
Cara Lougheed (law-heed) has taught English and history for 21 years in Rochester Community Schools, and currently teaches at Stoney Creek High School. Lougheed holds a bachelor of arts in secondary education from Western Michigan University, as well as a master of arts in teaching and learning from Nova Southeastern University. She has taught several types of English, from remediation to Advanced Placement courses, as well as United States and world history. Lougheed has been a social studies teacher leader, a building activities director, union building representative, and a national delegate representing Rochester at the National Education Association Representative Assembly each summer. She has worked collaboratively over the years to create and write curriculum, design professional development, and increase student connectedness. She believes a teacher never stops learning, and that every educator must seek ways to grow and embrace equity in the classroom and beyond. Lougheed has an ongoing passion for improving student learning through the mentoring and training of new and young teachers. She has mentored a number of new teachers and has trained six interns from four Michigan universities over the last dozen years. Currently, she is a mentor liaison to Oakland University, and works in partnership with TeachingWorks and the Michigan Program Network (MiPN), to advance and improve teacher education in Michigan. This collaboration has led to the adoption by the Michigan Department of Education of “Core Teaching Practices” for teacher prep programs in Michigan.