Farmington Hills educator wins national innovation award

Kyle McGrath
Kyle McGrath (Michigan Virtual)

The Henry Ford has honored a Farmington Hills educator with a Grand Prize in its 2019 Teacher Innovator Awards.

Kyle McGrath teaches with Michigan Virtual and is a social studies teacher at Milford High School. He joins nine other educators as a Grand Prize winner and was chosen out of roughly 200 applicants nationwide.

“Winning this award is a great recognition to what I do at Michigan Virtual and validates the innovative approach that we use in education,” McGrath said in a press release. “While this award is a great honor, I know that there are a lot of other teachers at Michigan Virtual who are even more innovative than me. I’ve learned a lot from them, and I’d like to thank Michigan Virtual for inspiring me to be innovative as a teacher over the years.”

McGrath has been a teacher with Michigan Virtual since 2015, and previously worked in business and government. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in teaching from Oakland University.

McGrath is a published children’s book author and the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Teacher of American History Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution Piety Hill Chapter.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have Kyle teaching Michigan Virtual students – The Henry Ford made an excellent decision counting him among this year’s Grand Prize winners,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of Michigan Virtual.

The Henry Ford’s Teacher Innovation Awards recognize educators who inspire students to be collaborative and empathetic, challenge them to take risks, and teach the value of staying curious and learning from failure. Teachers nationwide competed for this prize, and the Grand Prize winners receive an Innovation Immersion Experience at The Henry Ford, which includes a behind-the-scenes tour with curators of the museum and village and archives. To enter, teachers had to submit an essay, lesson plans and curriculum, and a video.