A Grand Haven educator has received recognition from the Michigan Department of Education.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools educator Andrew Ratke was among 10 educators selected to join the state’s Innovative Educator Corps. The program “recognizes educators who utilize an innovative educational program, methodology, or strategy to help prepare their students for future careers,” according to a press release.

When Ratke applied, they were looking at funding to help keep the Homegrown program going, Ratke said.

Although Ratke received the recognition, he said there are many people who deserve recognition. From administrators, educators, and the supportive businesses participating. Ratke said it takes a large team and huge community effort.

“Grand Haven is amazing, especially when it

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