School/University Partnership

from Saginaw Valley State University

"Student Success is our Passion"

Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) is committed to student success as its number one priority. Working with the overall mission of SVSU, the School/University Partnership Office seeks to impact all students to realize their academic potential.
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SUPO Educator Appreciation Week

Educator Acknowledgements

It is with extreme gratitude and appreciation that the Staff at the School/University Partnership Office would like to wish all of our public school academy teachers, Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Your time, talent, and effort have been priceless and serve as the heart beat of each and every one of our schools. Please join us in celebrating several outstanding educators from the SUPO family of schools. Each educator will receive a special gift from the SUPO office.

Special Recognition

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Outstanding Educator of the Year - Mr. Reid Perry

Mr. Reid Perry is the mathematics teacher at Pontiac Academy for Excellence and has been since 2009. He has been married to wife Jennifer for over 40 years. He has 4 adult children, three daughters and 1 son and 3 adorable grandchildren. He is very proud of his children as he has a daughter that is a Spanish Professor at the University of Notre Dame, one daughter is a Music Professor at John Hopkins University, another daughter is a Marketing Consultant for Lombardo Homes and his son was a Professional Musician who opened up for Jack White. He is now retired and works as a Chef at Tam O’Shanter Golf Club.

Prior to entering the educational field his plan was to attend law school, but switched his major his senior year of college to education. When he graduated it was the height of the teacher glut. He subbed for 2 years and at the end of each year he would get pink slipped.

Mr. Perry then decided to go to law school. Upon his graduation he worked as a defense attorney. He didn't like this area of the law because he said there was too much lying and manipulation. He later worked as a UAW legal researcher.

Education has always been his first love so he went back to school and to get his Masters in Education. He taught at various schools including Kellwood Alternative High School, Catholic Central and charter schools. He also worked as a principal. Mr. Perry is known for having a personal anecdote for everyone of his students at graduation.

In his spare time he enjoys golf, (at age 16 he shot his first hole in one)swimming (prior to Covid19) and running in 5 K's. He only started running about 5 years ago. He is a family man, loves his children and his grandchildren.

Messages from Students about Mr. Perry

I believe Mr. Perry should be honored because not only is he a great teacher but a wonderful person inside and out. He gets to know each one of his students on a personal level and gives them nicknames. Mr. Perry made math interesting and easier to understand. - Jazmine Jones, Education Major at SVSU - PAE alumni

I think Mr. Perry deserves to be honored as an outstanding teacher because when it comes to his students he goes above and beyond to make sure you understand what is being taught, he makes his class fun, and he loves telling corny jokes. He truly is passionate not only about math, but making sure his students succeed when they are in his classroom and outside of his classroom. - Javon Sutton Pre Med Major at SVSU - PAE alumni

Mr. Perry knows each of his students and how to teach material in a way that is fun. He has so many jokes and relates them to the class. He takes the time to individualize tests so that all of the students are included by name (or the nickname given by Mr. Perry). I must end with a Perry classic, "Does your face hurt?" Mr. Perry is the best. - Angelica Tibbitts, Education Major at SVSU - PAE alumni

If I Could Teach You, Teacher

If I Could Teach You, Teacher

If I could teach you, teacher,
I'd teach you how much more
you have accomplished
than you think you have.
I'd show you the seeds
you planted years ago
that are now coming into bloom.
I'd reveal to you the young minds
that have expanded under your care,
the hearts that are serving others
because they had you as a role model.
If I could teach you, teacher,
I'd show you the positive effect
you have had on me and my life.
Your homework is
to know your value to the world,
to acknowledge it, to believe it.
Thank you, teacher.

By Joanna Fuchs
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Lori McCain - Chandler Park Academy High School

CPA- Science Teacher

10 years of service

Mrs. McCain has been at cornerstone of Chandler Park Academy High School since its inception. She has taught Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Science Essentials, and other science courses as well.

She regularly assists students in summer school and through credit recovery. Mrs. McCain has served as a class sponsor for multiple graduating classes, making their senior year very memorable.

Mrs. McCain is an instructional leader at the school, serving as a member of the Ignite Cohort and having presented at multiple professional developments.

"Thank you Mrs. McCain for all of your hard work and dedication to Chandler Park Academy High School. Our students are fortunate to have such a dedicated teacher." - Brian Ericson CPA High School Principal

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Tracy Logan

Tracy Logan, Teacher

24 Years of Service

Tracy Logan has served as teacher at Chatfield since the school opened for the 1997-1998 school year. Tracy has taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 7th Grade during her time at Chatfield School.

Tracy has served as a critical team member helping to guide school programs and curriculum over the past 24 years. Tracy is an exceptional educator, each day bringing her absolute best to make a difference in the life of each of her students.

Tracy Logan, on behalf of the Chatfield School Students, Parents, and Alumni, the Chatfield School Board of Directors and Staff, we thank you so much for being an outstanding educator at Chatfield School!

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Cathy Houghtaling

Cathy Houghtaling, Teacher

24 Years of Service

Cathy Houghtaling has served as a teacher at Chatfield since the school opened in 1997. Coming to Chatfield after teaching in traditional schools for 19 years, Cathy celebrates 43 years of teaching! During her time at Chatfield, Cathy has taught Kindergarten in addition to serving as a critical team member helping to guide school programs and curriculum. Cathy is an exceptional educator who loves to teach and loves to make a difference in the lives of her Kindergarten students.

Cathy Houghtaling, on behalf of the Chatfield School Students, Parents, and Alumni, the Chatfield School Board of Directors and Staff, we thank you so much for being an outstanding educator at Chatfield School! We wish you all the best in your retirement!

Cindy Collins

Cindy Collins

Administrative Assistant

Years of service: 7

Cindy has been welcoming families to Branch Line School for over 7 years. She creates a kind and warm atmosphere for students, families and staff alike. She loves working at Branch Line because we have the best staff! We all help each other and have a lot of fun along the way.

This year has been crazy as we have been doing distance learning for most of the year. Thank you for your endless trips to the school to get the mail, meet a parent, collect a Chromebook, hand out a math book, post information on the door and so much more. Thank you also for the numerous home visits to do porch drop offs for Chromebooks and other supplies that families needed. Your countless hours and extra work this year have not gone unnoticed and I appreciate every effort in helping make the 2021-2022 and every other year a successful one. - Jennifer Wilkins, Principal Branch Line School

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Teresa Andrzejewski

Teresa Andrzejewski has been an Elementary Spanish teacher at Chandler Park Academy for 14 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with an Elementary Education endorsement from Michigan State University. She is currently taking classes for my Masters in Special Education at SVSV. During her undergraduate career, Teresa had the opportunity to live in Spain for a semester while 2003.

She resides in Grosse Pointe with her husband, three children, and dog. She enjoys spending time with my family, going on vacation, and exercising. Her love for the Spanish language has helped bring learning and joy to her students during my teaching career.

This year she has excelled at virtual instruction, engaging students in fun and adaptable lessons, she enjoys teaching, and she has made learning fun for the students. We are blessed and thankful to have such a warm, dedicated educator on our team. - Andre Anderson CPA Elementary School Principal

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Jamie Nestle

Learning Specialist/Federal and State Grant Coordinator

17 1/2 years of service at Landmark Academy

I started teaching at Landmark in January of 2004. I've been at Landmark for 17.5 years. When I came to Landmark, I started in Middle School teaching two elective classes: Skills of Study and Lifeskills. At the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year, I moved to Third Grade and taught that grade for two years before moving to Second Grade for a year. I then moved to Reading Intervention for two years. At the end of my two years in intervention, Landmark was going through a transition period and a position opened up for Elementary Assistant Principal. I fulfilled this role for three years before moving back to reading intervention where I have been the State & Federal Programs Coordinator for the last nine years. During my time in intervention, I started our school breakfast and lunch program, coordinated summer school programs, summer reading programs, lead our School Improvement Team, helped lead our annual March is Reading Month activities and streamlined our intervention program and data analysis systems. I have been a part of our Leadership Team since 2005.

Jamie has been a tremendous support to the growth of Landmark Academy. She has served in many roles (listed in her bio). She is a team player, strong leader and willing to do what is needed for our school. She works hard every day to meet the needs of our students. We are thankful for Jamie Nestle's dedication and commitment to Landmark Academy! - Danielle Shannon Elementary Administrator, Landmark Academy

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Ms. Patricia Gallagher

It is with great honor and excitement to recognize Ms. Gallagher, Kindergarten Teacher at Pontiac Academy for Excellence Elementary School. Ms. Gallagher brings well over 30 years of experience to our team and has been with the PAE family for two years.

Her creativity, work ethic, and team-first attitude fuel her success in the classroom. Her superpowers are her love for our families, compassion, and dedication to educating our students.

Ms. Gallagher goes over and beyond to make sure our scholars have the resources needed to participate in every lesson. In addition to the supplies provided by the school, Ms. Gallagher delivers additional supplies(worksheets, project-based learning crafts, crayons, special treats, etc.) to the doorsteps of students monthly.

Ms. Gallagher epitomizes servant leadership and fosters an environment for others to flourish and thrive. BOOM, BAM, POW…. She is my hero! - Pamela Williams, Elementary Principal Pontiac Academy for Excellence

Congratulations to the participants of the SUPO New Teacher Learning Community

Sophia O'Conner

Amanda Baumgart

Anne Ryle

VIcky Brown

Leslie Whittaker

Gabi Amato

Ashley Horton

Taylor Idoni

Caroyln Brown

Ralondia Plair

Breanna Schultz

Thank you to Cathy Malotka, Candice Casey and Chantra Williams for serving as presenters and mentors.

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Congratulations to all the SVSU students who have successfully completed 4 years in the PSA Transitions Scholarship Program and to the graduating class of 2021!

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SUPO - Public School Academy Student of the Year

My name is Ebony Palmer. I am from Detroit, MI. I obtained my bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University in May of 2019. I am set to graduate with my MBA, masters in Business Administration this May 2021. I was a PSA scholar from 2014 to 2018. I gained new friends, experiences, and skills throughout my time in the program. I later served as a senior coach and office administrator for the PSA program.

Over the last two years, I served as the Public School Academy (PSA) Scholar Program's Graduate Assistant. In my role, I help organized and host events, supervise employees, assist with financial budgeting, and set up functioning Canvas pages to provide support in and outside of the classroom.

I am grateful to have helped students in some of the same ways I was helped.

Ebony is an example of the K-16 and beyond model that the School/University Partnership Office promotes. We wish Ebony the best in all future endeavors along with all of our 2021 graduates.

Kathy Perez - Social Work - Detroit, MI

Benefits of the Public School Academy Scholar's Program

  • The PSA Program provides academic and financial support for students who graduate from any of SVSU’s Public School Academies.
  • $24,000 in scholarships to cover tuition, fees, and books! ($6,000 per year up to four years after high school graduation)
  • If students need assistance with supplies or books - book scholarships that cover up to $250.
  • Study Abroad opportunity scholarship ($1,000) available for the student to apply for.
  • A week-long summer camp to help transition on to campus.
  • A recognition ceremony to honor student accomplishments at the end of the year.

Qualifications & Requirements

• Must be accepted into SVSU

• Have at least a 2.5 High School GPA

• Able to maintain contract requirements

• Must complete program application

CONTACT: or 989-964-7374 for more information.

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The annual Charter Day at the Capitol event brings hundreds of charter school supporters together to stand up for the diversity, innovation, passion and success that Michigan's charter schools offer students across the state. Last year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we went 100% virtual with our event, inviting key charter educators, lawmakers and advocates as our virtual speakers.

This year, many health and safety concerns still remain - and rather than simply doing another virtual event, we are adapting our "day" celebration to an entire WEEK in which charter advocates can share their stories and engage their elected officials in a safe way. Scroll down to check out the fun we have planned for each day of National Charter Schools Week 2021, which takes place from May 10 - 14, 2021.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - Virtual Capitol Program

Every year, charter advocates from across the Mitten gather for our annual Charter Day at the Capitol with one goal: make our presence known to lawmakers in Lansing. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant health and safety risks, we will not be gathering at the Capitol this year - but that doesn't mean we won't have impact. On Tuesday, MAPSA will be live-streaming a short program from the Capitol steps, inviting some unique legislators and speakers to share the importance of standing up as an advocate for MI charters.

We invite you to join us LIVE, from our Facebook page, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 to follow along with the program! *The program will run from 9:30AM-10AM.

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START Virtual Conference

The START Project is proud to host the virtual 20th Annual Conference on May 3, 2021, which will feature keynote presentations from Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP, Director, Communication Crossroads, Inc. and Gregory P. Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CEO, FTF Behavioral Consulting. We are excited to present a virtual learning experience with many new ideas and strategies from knowledgeable and engaging speakers. In addition, we are pleased to offer a scholarship to Michigan parents/family members of a child with a disability to cover the cost of registration for the 20th Annual Conference. We invite you to share this information widely with your audience and contacts.

Date: May 3, 2021 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Format: Virtual

NWEA Growth: Ending the Year Strong

Our friends at NWEA are hosting a complimentary webinar to help teachers get a firm understanding of how this year’s data can inform plans for extended summer learning and help the 2021-2022 school year start on a high note.

The one-hour live session will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5. If you'd like to attend the session, please complete NWEA's registration form. If you can't attend but would still like the information, you can request a recording of the session.

Social and Emotional Learning Supports

5/10: Evaluating & Selecting SEL Resources

Evaluating & Selecting SEL Resources: Data-Driven Strategic Planning hosted by Move this World and Panorama Education, featuring Durham Public Schools. We’ll explore how districts can use data to evaluate the SEL needs of their community and select resources to support students on Monday, May 10th at 3:15pm ET / 12:15pm PT. Save your spot.

5/13: Research and Q&A with Adam Edgerton

Learning Policy Institute Research and Q&A with Adam Edgerton: Redesigning Schools with SEL and Relationships hosted by the Learning Policy Institute and Panorama Education. Join Adam K. Edgerton, senior researcher at the Learning Policy Institute, and the Panorama team to discuss his research on Restarting and Reinventing School: Learning in the Time of COVID and Beyond on Thursday, May 13th at 1pm ET / 10am PT. Save your spot.

5/17: Equity, Care, and Connection

Equity, Care and Connection: New SEL Tools and Practices Support Students and Adults hosted by Education Week and Panorama Education, hear from school and district leaders who are employing new tools and practices to care for the holistic social-emotional well-being of their students this coming school year on Monday, May 17th at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT. Save your spot.

Virtual Education Workforce Job Fairs

The Michigan Department of Education, in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), is pleased to host 2 upcoming virtual Education Workforce Job Fairs. The 2021 events will take place on June 16 and August 4. These virtual fairs are open to employers of educators and educational support staff, as well as all individuals seeking to work in the education field. The functionality and ease of use of the new platform, Brazen, ensures a smooth and robust experience for employers and job seekers. For more information and to register, please visit

Discovery Education Webinars

Webinar Recordings:

Additional Discovery Education resources that you may find of interest:

Bolstering Executive Function in Middle and High School Students

Kiss the Ground

Kiss the Ground

A free resource for science teachers from NSTA. "Kiss the Ground" is an eco-documentary

whose goal is to awaken people to the possibility of regeneration to reverse climate change. Follow this link to a site which has science-based lesson plans and resources for K-12 classrooms.

Kiss the Ground | NSTA

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Math Resource

Important Prerequisite Math Standards - created by the Achievement Network (ANet), and reviewed by Student Achievement Partners, this document highlights important prerequisites to standards in Grade 1 through Algebra I, with color-coded information to help you prioritize

This resource demonstrates that students who were impacted by interruptions to teaching and learning and subsequent learning losses are still able to access most grade-level standards this year without prior review, and that missed content can usually be integrated in a minimally-invasive way.

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PSA Teacher Scholarships

Saginaw Valley State University’s (SVSU) School/University Partnership Office offers graduate course tuition scholarships to SVSU authorized Public School Academy teachers enrolled in a College of Education program. Fifty percent of tuition and mandatory fees for 15 credits per year is available (Fall - Summer). Coursework may be completed at any SVSU campus including University Center in Saginaw and Macomb. In addition, on-line and Distant Learning courses qualify for tuition assistance as well.


1. Interested teachers not already active students at SVSU must first complete an SVSU student application on-line at

2. Once the teacher has registered and/or is an active SVSU student, they must then email Dawn Gillespie (, Administrative Assistant in the School/University Partnership Office, with the following information:



Public School Academy Name:

Semester Class is Taken:

Course Number:

Campus Location:

The above information should be submitted before tuition payment due dates established by the University (see Important Dates). Otherwise, students will have to pay entire tuition balance upon registration and the 50% reimbursement for the class will come at a later date, usually several weeks into the semester. Late registration fees are the student’s responsibility.

3. Once steps 1 and 2 have been completed, a Scholarship Authorization Form will be generated by the School/University Partnership Office and will be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. Verification will be sent by email that your scholarship is in process.

For additional information about Graduate Programs at SVSU, see

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Administrators - Enroll in Spring or Summer Classes

Earn college credits by continuing your education in one of SVSU’s graduate programs. SVSU offers the lowest tuition of Michigan’s fifteen public universities.

Saginaw Valley State University's College of Education offers programs in initial teacher certification, a variety of master's and specialist degree programs, special education administration approval programs, and a wide range of endorsement programs which are designed to provide quality educational opportunities for teachers and school leaders at the lowest tuition rate of any public university in Michigan.

Use the scholarship provided by the School/University Partnership Office to receive 50% off your tuition.

School Leader Opportunities

Cardinal on the Go - Professional Development at your pace

Do you need support providing personal or professional development for your staff or students? Welcome to Cardinal on the Go, a platform where leaders can craft their professional development needs for their staff and have them delivered by School/University Partnership Staff.

Sessions range from 30 minutes to an hour. Days and times are selected by school leaders. A Minimum of 5 participants is needed to book a session. Complete the form below to select the topics you would like included in the session.

School/University Partnership Office

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