As the school year gets into full swing and learning becomes a priority for students, teachers become an important component to that learning. The State of Michigan is looking for candidates for their yearly Michigan Teacher of the Year program. The program recognizes outstanding educational leaders across the state that go above and beyond for students while also promoting their own profession. State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice said Michigan is fortunate to have teachers who dedicate themselves each day to raising up their students and elevating their profession. Nominations can be made using an online form, and they are accepted until October 6th. The nominee must have a current Michigan teaching certificate, have at least five years of successful teaching experience in the state, and work directly with students in their current role. Teachers in Michigan who meet the requirements are eligible to apply and will receive an email inviting them to apply.