"If you truly want to make a difference in the world, then you need to lead by being a better example than the person next to you. Invest in yourself and invest in your dreams so that you can be able to make a positive impact on the people around you."

Zemen Marrugi, M.Ed.

Honors and Awards

Zemen Marrugi has received many honors and awards, including:

  • Induction into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, based on scholarly work completed during graduate school at Grand Valley State University, 2012
  • Spirit of Detroit Award, 2012
  • History Channel Civil War Lesson Plans Contest Winner (2nd Place), 2010
  • The League of Michigan Top Michigan Elementary School for Earth Day Project, 2009-2010
  • The League of Michigan Top Michigan Elementary School for King Day Project, 2009-2010 •100 Club Award, 2008
  • Detroit Science Center Class Field Trip Grant, 2008
  • Ambassador of Peace Award from the International Peace Federation, 2006


Educator, Writer