The Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) welcomes Benjamin Woodcock as its newly elected vice president, effective July 1, 2024. Woodcock brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his new role within MCTE’s executive leadership.

A familiar face within the MCTE community, Woodcock’s journey began when he first attended the MCTE Fall Conference in 2013 as an undergraduate at Michigan State University. Since then, he has been an active participant and presenter at MCTE events, showcasing his commitment to advancing English language arts education. 

Woodcock joined MCTE’s executive committee in 2018 as a representative-at-large and assumed the role of secretary in 2020, where his organizational skills and strategic insights contributed significantly to MCTE’s mission.

Reflecting on his election, Woodcock expressed, “MCTE has been my professional home since I was a pre-service teacher at MSU. The network of people that I’ve learned from and the resources I’ve gained to enact the best practices of English education have sculpted me into the educator I am today. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve on the presidential team, give back to MCTE, and continue contributing to its shared success as an organization”

Woodcock has been in the classroom since 2014 and has been teaching English at Okemos High School since 2018. He also sits on the district and building committee for multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS).

Woodcock has been involved with the Red Cedar Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project located at Michigan State University since 2015. He has demonstrated leadership and a passion for fostering writing communities with Spartan Writing Camps and the Greenrock Writers Retreat. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum from MSU.

As vice president, Woodcock will play a pivotal role in shaping MCTE’s future, including hosting the fall conference in 2025 and progressing through the presidential cycle. MCTE looks forward to Benjamin Woodcock’s leadership and collaboration in advancing English language arts education in Michigan.

About MCTE:
Established in 1922, the Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) serves as the state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, uniting K-16 English language arts educators. MCTE is dedicated to offering professional development opportunities to English language arts teachers and English education professors throughout Michigan. The organization’s objectives include the dissemination of current English education scholarship and providing valuable support to English language arts teachers as they navigate pedagogical practices, student needs, and teaching philosophies. To learn more about MCTE, visit their website at https://mymcte.org.