The BIG Lesson Team

Together with teachers and community experts, we work to make The BIG Lesson week a powerful learning experience for everyone involved. We're excited to connect with you!


Founder and Program Director

Margaret Holtschlag teams up with Michigan's Capital Area teachers and community places for place-based learning and stewardship. Margaret is founder and director of the BIG Lesson Programs (history, zoo, nature, science), and was Michigan Teacher of the Year 2000.

Lessons: Discovery Walk; Observation Activities; 6-Part Description


ReWired Teachers

The integral work of The BIG Lesson is possible through the dedication and overall phenomenal-ness of a group of retired, now ReWired, teachers. They provide a wealth of experience and knowledge about teaching and the natural world.

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Joni Baker

Lansing School District

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Dave Beutel

Laingsburg School District

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Roseann Dailey

Bath School District

Site coordinator

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Jill Tribell

Holt School District

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Cathie Wood

Bath School District