Regina George is the Director of Pathways for Future Educators and has served in this position since the program’s launch in 2016. This current role expands on her previous outreach and community engagement responsibilities. She continues to build partnerships between the COE and urban and rural districts and is also responsible for recruiting students who have aspirations of returning to their communities as teachers and leaders. Under Dr. George’s supervision, the Pathways program cultivates a community of belonging and provides ongoing academic and social support to its participating students. As the COE’s representative at the Young Educators Society of Michigan (YES), Dr. George also collaborates with other universities and districts with goals to diversify the composition of students who enter the teaching profession and to strengthen the preparation of teachers who will work in urban contexts.
Dr. George is a passionate educator and experienced leader. She began her career in education in the Willow Run Community School district and served as principal of Project Education, an alternative high school completion program. While in this role, she learned the value of patience, persistence, and compassion, and she credits this experience with her attention to the individual student, a focus which continues to inform her work at EMU. Dr. George initially joined the Department of Teacher Education in 2000 as Director of the Urban Teacher Certification Program and has served across campus since then with student support initiatives.