The Michigan Council of Teachers of English proudly announces Jessyca Mathews as its incoming president for the upcoming academic year, marking a historic moment as she becomes the organization’s first Black president in its 102-year history.

Mathews, who previously served as MCTE’s vice president and president-elect, brings a wealth of experience from her 24 years teaching English at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint. Her teaching philosophy emphasizes an inquiry-based curriculum rooted in anti-bias and anti-racist principles. Notably, she spearheaded the introduction of the inaugural AP African American Studies course at Carman-Ainsworth High School.

A published author in poetry, essays, and articles, Mathews has been featured in Time Magazine, MSNBC, and NPR. She was honored as the State of Michigan’s Teacher of the Year for Region Five in 2019-2020 and received MCTE’s Secondary English Teacher of the Year Award in 2018. A sought-after keynote speaker, Mathews has inspired educators nationwide with her commitment to equity and inclusion in education.

Reflecting on her new role, Mathews expressed, “MCTE has been and must continue to be a driving force in the expansion of thoughts in Language Arts and its ever-changing educational spaces…We must strive to embrace and celebrate diversity in race, gender, and thought with the people within the organization and materials of support.”

Carrie Mattern, outgoing MCTE president and colleague at Carman-Ainsworth, praised Mathews’s dedication to social justice initiatives: “Jes Mathews is a secondary English colleague committed to enacting change through social justice initiatives such as racial literacy and authentic assessment. As president, Jes will continue serving MCTE through its evolution into a more equitable statewide educational organization modeling for other NCTE affiliates true collaboration with an inclusive, equity-based foundation that serves all educators and students in Michigan.” MCTE is proud to welcome Jessyca Mathews as the next president of our organization. We look forward to her leadership.

Established in 1922, MCTE serves as Michigan’s affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, supporting K-16 educators in English language arts. The organization is committed to advancing English education through professional development and scholarship dissemination.

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