Alum Luke Wilcox named 2017-18 Michigan Teacher of the Year

Alum Luke Wilcox named 2017-18 Michigan Teacher of the Year

Luke Wilcox, a GVSU alum, was recognized on May 23 as the 2017-18 Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY) by the Michigan Department of Education. Wilcox received his M.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education from GVSU. He has taught a wide-array of mathematics classes for the past sixteen years at East Kentwood High School and believes in supporting young people to overcome obstacles in attaining education.

Governor Rick Snyder described Wilcox by saying: “Great teachers inspire and motivate students to reach goals far beyond what the students originally expected of themselves. We honor Luke as the tremendous teacher he is, and to recognize the huge contribution that devoted teachers are making by connecting with students, and elevating young peoples’ lives.”

Wilcox received his Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult & Higher Education in 2006 from Grand Valley State University, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. Wilcox’s AP Statistics students have consistently outperformed national averages with a 98% pass rate over the past 10 years. Wilcox has also served as an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University, teaching undergraduate and graduate math courses.

Within the community, Wilcox presents at many local and national conferences on a variety of ideas in education. In 2013, he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) by President Obama at the White House. He was also a finalist for the 2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year, and received the Outstanding Alumni Educator Award from GVSU College of Education’s Alumni Association in 2016.

As the MTOY, Wilcox receives a non-voting seat at the Michigan State Board of Education during its regular monthly meetings and will engage in the discussions on helping make Michigan a Top 10 education state in ten years. In recognition of his award, Meemic Insurance Company will also present East Kentwood High School with $1,000 to be used for the advancement of education. Meemic will also provide up to $10,000, through the MDE, for Wilcox’s MTOY-related travel during his year-long tenure, along with the opportunity to blog at

This marks the second consecutive year that a GVSU alum has been named MTOY. Tracy Horodyski, M.Ed. in Elementary Education, was recognized as the 2016-17 MTOY.

To learn more about the MTOY program and award, visit

This article is adapted from a press release by Martin Ackley from the Michigan Department of Education. For more information contact: Bill DiSessa - 517-335-6649.

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