Traci Rhoades

Hopkins Public Schools school board member Traci Rhoades earned awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards in 2023 for her efforts to improve her leadership skills, demonstrating her commitment to student achievement and her own continuous improvement. Awards are earned for classes completed in MASB’s leadership training program, as well as for conference attendance, years of service, and leadership activities. Whole boards that achieve and maintain certification status are also recognized.

Traci will receive the following honors from MASB:

  • Level 1 - Certified Board Member Award

  • Level 2 - Award of Merit

MASB training and professional development help board members to keep pace with the fast-moving and complex changes in public education. Last year, more than 1,800 school board members statewide participated in MASB’s professional development program for elected school leaders. The hours devoted to this training are above and beyond the time members spend at their local meetings, events, and reviewing policies and board packets.

“Traci Rhoades has demonstrated a willingness to become the best board member she can be in order to faithfully represent our school community,” Superintendent Scott VanBonn stated. “Traci’s leadership and expertise is greatly appreciated by myself, as well as her fellow board members.”

“I’ve worked with school boards and public schools for more than 25 years and am always in awe of the commitment of so many members,” said MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba, CAE. “Schools are under exceptional pressure to be innovative and reinvent the way they deliver education. Training equips them with the tools necessary to make the best decisions for Michigan’s schoolchildren. The time they spend being servant leaders and honing their skills is second to none.”

A full overview of the individual and whole-board training levels can be viewed at