Cadillac, MI
04/17/2015 01:37 PM

Juan Carlos Lozano, a Baker College student, has been named Michigan’s Student Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Association of Teacher Educators (MATE). Placing third in the statewide competition is another Baker College student, Wendy Roehl.


The two Baker College students will be recognized for their exemplary teaching skills at the MATE spring conference, Saturday, April 18, in Jackson.


As Michigan’s Student Teacher of the Year, Lozano will represent the state in the student teacher competition of the National Association of Teacher Educators.


“Juan and Wendy are truly outstanding, and we are extremely proud of them and their accomplishments,” said Christine M. Schram, Ph.D., dean of the Baker College School of Education. “Their success is reflective of the quality of Baker College instructors and our strong teacher preparation program in which nearly 600 students are currently enrolled throughout the state.”


Schram also noted that Lozano and Roehl are inspirations to others who may feel their desired careers are beyond their reach. Lozano, whose native language is Spanish, will be certified to teach mathematics and English, grades 6-12. Roehl raised a family before completing the education needed to become a teacher.


Lozano, of Shelby, performed his student teaching requirement at Holton Middle and High School in the Holton Public Schools district. He expects to graduate in June from the Muskegon campus with a bachelor’s in secondary teacher preparation—mathematics and English. Lozano is a 2009 graduate of Shelby High School.


“This award provides a great opportunity for me to show my future students that anything is possible with hard work,” Lozano said. “It is also validation that secondary teachers, like elementary teachers, can use fun and engaging activities to enhance student learning.”


Roehl, of Clarkston, completed her student teaching requirement at Andersonville Elementary School in the Clarkston Community Schools district, where she is currently a full-time substitute teacher through the end of spring semester. She expects to graduate in June from the Auburn Hills campus with a bachelor’s in elementary teacher preparation—social studies. Roehl is married, has two adult sons and graduated from Clarkston High School in 1983.


Roehl said, “I’m proof that it’s never too late to follow your dream and that determination pays off. The night classes after my day job and weekends of study while raising a family were definitely worth it. This award shows that I’m on the right path to meet my goal of becoming a highly effective educator.”


The Student Teacher of the Year honorees were selected based on a 30-minute, unedited video of them conducting a lesson plan during their teaching assignment and a reflective analysis of the lesson that identifies how the objective or benchmark was met, how the assessment drove instruction, and the strengths and weaknesses of the plan.


The Baker College teacher preparation program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for students to receive a Michigan provisional teaching certificate for select subjects. Bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s options in elementary and secondary education include early childhood, English, history, language arts, mathematics and social studies. Upon degree completion and passing the required state tests, students are eligible to apply for certification.


For information about the Baker College teacher preparation program, contact Kevin Pnacek in the Jackson admissions office at or 517.788.7800, or visit

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