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MSU Coach Tom Izzo will present $10,000 check on behalf of Lottery


Tom Izzo, MSU Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Darnell Early, Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager

Robert Avedisian, Charles Drew Transition Center Principal

Michael Craig, Charles Drew Transition Center Teacher / Michigan Lottery Educator of

the Year


DPS teacher Michael Craig will be surprised at a school assembly with the awarding of the first ever Michigan State Lottery Excellence in Education “Educator of the Year” award. The award will be presented by MSU Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Izzo.


2pm, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

(Media please arrive by 1:45pm)


Charles Drew Transition Center

9600 Wyoming St.

Detroit, Mich. 48204-4669

Due to construction, parking is limited in the transition center’s lot. Additional parking is

available on Wyoming Street.


Each week of the school year, the Michigan Lottery has recognized outstanding K-12 teachers and staff who are making a significant impact in the lives of Michigan students. Weekly awardees are selected for their excellence, dedication, inspiration, leadership, and effectiveness. The overall Educator of the Year is selected from the pool of weekly Excellence in Education winners. The award includes a $10,000 grand prize.

Michael Craig teaches Horticulture at the Drew Transition Center, a garden cultivation and management program. The program now reaches out beyond students to include staff and the community. With guidance from Craig, the creation of the “Drew Farmstand” was developed and has introduced entrepreneurship to the students in his class.

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