La'Tisha Williams, Mildred C. Wells Academy, 1st Grade
Meet Ms. Williams at Mildred C. Wells Academy (MCWA). She believes her first-graders are capable of anything they put their minds to. One can walk into Ms. Williams classroom and find students engaged in science experiments, computer lessons, small group learning and making presentations to their classmates. When benchmark tests showed that students in her class needed help attaining appropriate grade level results, she was determined to help them succeed. Students were re-tested in the winter, and their test scores were proof she had done an amazing job!
Ms Williams finds professional development opportunities for both her and other staff to attend. She is eager to learn new techniques and implement them in class. Staff, students and parents love her; parents will express how she calls home to check on their child, even if it is well into the evening. "Ms. Williams has shown all of us what it means to be a loving and dedicated teacher," said Emily Wenger, instructional coach at MCWA.
Thank you for your love of teaching, Ms. Williams!
Amanda Silic, Detroit Public Safety Academy, Biology, Forensic Science and Physics (High School Science)
Meet Ms. Silic from Detroit Public Safety Academy (DPSA). A part of the DPSA staff since it's inception, she has remained hardworking and determined through many ups and downs. This included her employment status changing when the school needed a certified teacher in an area of Science she did not teach. Ms. Silic went back to college and took the courses required to teach the class. As a result of tremendous professional growth, she has taken on more of a leadership role amongst her peers this year.
Her dogged determination to help DPSA succeed shines through as she is a true team player, doing whatever it takes to help students and staff achieve. For her birthday, students decorated her door so that she could walk in and see their love for HER because everyday she is standing at her door waiting to show her love for THEM. Ms. Silic does not give up on students, whatever their challenges may be. "She is truly an educator at heart. We are lucky to have her here at DPSA," said school leader Isaiah Pettway.
Congratulations and thank you, Ms. Silic!