Nancy Flanagan is a retired music teacher living her personal lakeside dream in Cedar, Michigan. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and was named Michigan Teacher of the Year in 1993. She is an active musician. Flanagan has been blogging for 15 years, including a nine-year stint as ‘Teacher in a Strange Land’ @ Education Week. She splits her time between wondering how things got so messed up, and advocating for America’s best idea: a free, high-quality fully public education for every child.