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Centers and Coordinators

​​​​​​​Student Teaching Centers and Coordinators by Area
Due to the large number of students to be placed by the Teacher Education Program other student teaching centers have been developed in various parts of the state. These centers, located throughout Michigan, facilitate opportunities for placements in multicultural and best practice settings. This means that student teachers may be assigned to schools away from their homes.

Teaching Centers are broken down into 9 categories throughout the state of Michigan.
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​ ​Bay Area (Bay City, Midland, Saginaw, and Thumb Area) ​ ​
Dr. Joe Garza,

Dr. Howard Parkhurst
Center Leader

Capitol Area (Greater Lansing and Jackson Area)  ​ ​ ​
Terry Brown, brown1ts@cmich.eduTim Young,

Genesee Area (I-69 Corridor from Flint to Port Huron Area) ​ ​ ​
Dr. Bob Sunday,
Rick VanHaaften,
Mid-Michigan Area (Mount Pleasant and the surrounding school districts)   ​ ​ ​
Dr. Kevin Cunningham, cunni1kd@cmich.eduRudy Godefroidt,
Lynn Laskowsky, 
Center Leader
Jeannie Mishler,
Al Strieter,
Northwest Area (Greater Traverse City, East to Alpena, and South to Manistee)  ​ ​ ​
Dr. Lorraine B​erak
Center Leader
Christine Esper,
Janis Schneider,
Glenn Solowiej,
Metro North Area (Oakland/Macomb Counties)  ​ ​ ​
Nancy Dodson, Center Leader
Jan Hagland,
Wayne Hewitt,
Sally Klatt,
Charles O'Connor, oconn5jc@cmich.eduGary Wood,
Metro South Area (Wayne/Macomb Counties) ​ ​ ​
Christine Bak, bak1ch@cmich.eduJoe Maci,
Dr. Karen Paling,  Center Leader
Western Michigan Area (Grand Rapids, South to Kalamazoo and West to
Muskegon Areas) 
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Dr. Libby Knepper-Muller  Center LeaderTom Popiel,
Lynne Popiel,
Steve Schaefer,

Need more information?
Contact the Center for Clinical Experiences at 989-774-7662 or 989-774-4411 or email

Situations often arise where students may need to complete their teaching in a different state. Any student interested in this possibility should make an appointment to meet with the Director of Clinical Experiences by contacting Sarah Kunik, phone 989-774-4411 or

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