In discussion at the May state board of education meeting, Jennifer Haberling said that career-changers who move into high school teaching jobs could partner with current classroom teachers to the benefit of each. Current teachers would have new opportunities for mentoring and coaching, and also gain expertise by working with someone who has on-the-job experience in a given subject. Haberling, a secondary education teacher in Hudsonville, is the outgoing Michigan Teacher of the Year. She attends state board meetings as a non-voting participant.
Eileen Weiser, speaking to state board members on behalf of the Professional Standards Commission for Teachers, said there is "a tremendous amount of anxiety" on the part of teacher colleges regarding the proposed alternate route to teacher certification.