Matinga Ragatz, Michigan Teacher of The Year 2010-2011
Matinga Ragatz was born in Spain and studied in Morocco, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Spain and Germany. She received her BA in History, Political Science and Pre-law and with a Minor in World Languages.
Matinga’s professional interests are the dissemination of innovative ideas in education, teacher implementation of rational technology and the promotion of world class education opportunities for every student. Her unique ability to implement technology in education in the early stages of the internet has earned her national and international recognition.
In 2008, she received Microsoft’s Innovative Teacher Award and represented the United States in Hong Kong, China at the International Innovative Teacher Forum. In 2009, she received accolades at the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), one of the nation’s top technology conferences. In 2010, she was named Michigan Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Department of Education
She has worked as a Global Studies, History and World Language teacher, a 21st Century Education Concepts Designer and a Instructional Technology Facilitator and Specialist.
Matinga Ragatz is available for national and international conference presentations, consultations and teacher training sessions. She has extensive international experience and has presented in events and workshops in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. She is able to present in English and Spanish.
Photos by Lisa Waite