Stevens Invites Special Education Teacher to State of the Union

January 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTONOn Thursday, January 30th, Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) announced that Emily Parris, a Special Education teacher at Centennial Middle School in Michigan’s 11th District, will join her for next week’s State of the Union address.

“Few are more passionate and dedicated to their work than special education teachers,” said Congresswoman Stevens. “Through her tireless work as a special education teacher in Michigan’s 11th District, Emily Parris has made a real difference in her community despite the lack of adequate funding for students and teachers across Michigan. I look forward to joining Emily for next week’s State of the Union address and learning more about the challenges and highlights of her rewarding work as a special education teacher.”

Congresswoman Stevens is hosting a town hall discussion focused on special education on Saturday, February 8th at 2:00pm at the Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills.

Emily Parris grew up in a small town in northern Wisconsin called Boulder Junction, just a few miles from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Emily attended college at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where she double majored in Elementary Education and Special Education and minored in math. Emily has been teaching for eight years. After graduating from college in the spring of 2012, Emily began her first teaching job in the fall of 2012 at Washington Elementary School in Stevens Point, Wisconsin as a cross-categorical Special Education teacher.

In the fall of 2015, Emily began teaching at Centennial Middle School in South Lyon, Michigan, as a Special Education teacher. Throughout Emily’s five years at Centennial Middle School, she has tried to become as involved as possible in extracurricular activities such as coaching the 8th grade volleyball team, being an assistant for the Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) program and being an assistant coach for one of the school’s powderpuff football teams. Emily feels honored to have an opportunity to attend the State of the Union address and share her thoughts about Special Education with Congresswoman Stevens, and she is excited to advocate for something that means so much to her.