My hometown when I was a student was
I graduated in
Political Science and History at Alma. Alaina earned her master’s degree in educational studies from the University of Michigan in 2015.
I am now
Since graduating from Alma
she entered the 2013 corps of Teach for America in Detroit, where she taught for three years, having the privilege of teaching the same students from sixth through eighth grades. While she was teaching a full course load at a charter school in Detroit, she also led a union campaign in her district in an effort to secure more teacher voice in the decision-making process.
At the same time, she completed her master’s degree, concentrating in the study of urban pedagogy, with assistance from Alma’s M.J.J. Smith Society Scholarship. The Smith Scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding graduating history majors to apply toward post-graduate study.
Believing that policy has the power to create real change for both students and teachers, Alaina pursued her current position with the Michigan Department of Education. She lends her expertise and classroom experience in service to the MDE in the Office of Educator Talent through Leadership for Educational Equity’s Public Policy Fellowship.
My off-campus study experience(s) included
Spring Term travel courses to Europe.