Dr. Patricia Koeze has spent her career helping the students of Michigan. In her role as superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools, she introduced the International Baccalaureate Program, which attempts to help young students cultivate both curiosity and tolerance for other cultures. Students are encouraged to travel extensively, and to think of education as a life-long pursuit, not something to be completed and discarded. Dr. Patricia Koeze considers this one of her greatest achievements during her time as an administrator in Michigan. By helping students to think about themselves as members of a global community, Dr. Patricia Koeze has transformed a group of students into better leaders and better members of society. As these students grow and enter the workforce, they're likely to be well prepared to work on a global stage. They'll have the skills they need to cross cultures with precision and understanding. Dr. Patricia Koeze is proud of this work.