Michigan State Teacher of the Year, 2011
Matinga Ragatz, MA (PhD Candidate) was born in Spain and studied in Morocco, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Spain and Germany. Her unique ability to implement technology in learning has earned her national and international recognition. She received Microsoft’s Innovative Teacher Award and represented the United States in Hong Kong, China and has been the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Educator of the Year. In 2011, she was named Michigan Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Department of Education.
She has worked as a Social Studies and World Language High School teacher, a Learning Concepts Designer and now as a Professional Learning Consultant (CBD Consulting). She is available for national and international conference presentations, consultations and teacher training workshop (Spanish and English). She has presented at events and workshops in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, and is able to present in English and Spanish.
Member of NNSTOY
We are a network of State Teachers of the Year and Finalists who use our teacher leadership to ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. We do this through our focus on practice, policy and advocacy.We Believe...
- Every student has a right to a high-quality education, regardless of background, race, gender, disability or socio-economic status.
- To achieve educational excellence for all students, we must transform and support the teaching profession.
- It is imperative that we involve our nation’s expert teachers in conversations about improving education.
- Teacher leaders will transform the teaching profession and create, implement and sustain systems to solve our toughest educational challenges.
- We must prepare our country’s future workforce to be competitive in a global economy and participate in a diverse, democratic country.
- Educators must partner with families and communities on behalf of our nation’s children.