Meet Ms. Dabrowska at Hope of Detroit Academy (HoDA). She has a passion for education that shines through in her teaching and relationships. This summer, Ms. Dabrowska diligently prepared for the 2016-17 school year and she created a classroom that warmly welcomed her students to get ready to learn! The environment she developed has helped with student engagement in the classroom.
Ms. Dabrowska is a professional through and through, she constantly finds ways to reflect on what she has done in the past, in order to make lessons and relationships better. She has a tremendous desire to grow and learn more about her career. "She is persistent and inspires others to keep on keeping on, even through the roughest of our days," said Jennifer Choi, instructional coach at HoDA.
Thank you for giving your students your best, Ms. Dabrowska.
Meet Ms. Wilinski from Cesar Chavez Academy Middle School (CCAMS). She has recently transitioned from a classroom to a rolling multi-media classroom for all middle school grades. Curriculum developed by Ms. Wilinski has allowed students to gain 21st Century real-world skills. She utilizes Google Classroom for Media Arts rubrics, homework assignments, and more, as well as digital texts, keyboarding and online publishing to support the general education teachers.
Ms. Wiliniski also lends support to our staff by helping with technology troubleshooting, systems for checking out computers and support for Google applications in the classroom. In addition, she is the PBIS lead for CCAMS as well, supporting classroom use of LiveSchool (an online tracking system for positive behavior), organizing PBIS reward events and helps teachers use PBIS best practices. Her hard work in implementing the PBIS program has paid off and made a tremendous impact on CCAMS. "Not only does she bring a positive energy to our work together, she shows a true investment and belief in our students and our school," said Brittiany Romero, CCAMS instructional coach.
We appreciate your innovation and problem-solving, Ms. Wilinski!
School leaders, assistant leaders and instructional coaches were asked to submit their nominations for monthly Teacher Hall of Fame candidates. We have a primary teacher category for grades K-5 and a secondary teacher category this year for grades 6-12. These nominations are based on the observations the school leaders make in their locations. It is up to them to honor a teacher who they feel embodies the mission of their school. Once the nomination is sent electronically to The Leona Group Department of Academic Achievement, the team reviews the nominees and base their decisions on who best embodies the spirit of The Leona Group and academic success. Congratulations to the January 2017 selections:
Walking through the halls at Highland Park Renaissance Academy (HPRA) is like walking through an art museum. Mr. Ernest Parker, behavior interventionist at HPRA, expresses his creativity by making paper cutouts colorful and relevant to the students to display on the bulletin boards throughout campus. His drawings are a pleasure to see, and he renews the bulletin boards at least every month, sometimes every other week to keep things fresh.
Often, the boards are a collaborative effort between Mr. Parker and teachers or staff members. However, the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) boards are mostly his creations. He says he is inspired by the students when he chooses the topic to be covered. The students who have grown up at HPRA, they got excited about the bulletin boards in elementary school, and they continue to give Mr. Parker ideas as middle school students. He asks the students what cartoons they like, and then he tries to draw characters that will support good behavior.
Despite being the master artist on campus, Mr. Parker says that while drawing gives him an outlet for his creativity, the best part of his job is working with the kids. He guides them to solve problems and express their feelings in productive ways, and that is his greatest reward. "This is the best group of teachers, students and staff we've had so far, we're really enjoying this school year," said Mr. Parker in his closing comment.