Meet the 2019/2020 Senior and Teacher of the Month winners below.
Senior & Teacher Of The Month
You might not notice Leysha Santiago on the street. She’s quiet and observant. Upon meeting Leysha though, you realize that her drive and her influence on others contrasts her unassuming first impression. Read Leysha’s story here.
Rosa Parks, Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer – all influential and powerful black female civil rights leaders. Each fought bravely for the empowerment of others, without regard for their personal safety or success. It will not be long until Myah Blume is included on this list. Read Myah’s story here.
Certain stories humble you. They force you to think about the opportunities you have been handed, the favors you’ve been given, the blessings that you have – and then to consider what some amazing and influential people are doing with so much with less. Read Sybrie’s story here.
Octavia Blount is a the Science chair and teacher from Furness. She demands hard work while respecting her students and the diverse backgrounds that have shaped them.
Some people are natural born advocates. You can tempt them with distractions and you can present them with other things that require their attention, but they are committed, they are dedicated – they want nothing more than to help other people. Read Horace’s story here.
Mary Ellen Stevens
Mary Ellen is a 5th and 6th grade math teacher at Middle Years Alternative School. Everything that she does is motivated by a student-first mindset. Despite the challenges the students face, she is a consistent example of optimism and positivity.
Mary Ellen Stevens
Marcel is an Autistic Support teacher at Frankford High School who, according to her nominator, Principal Michael Calderone, has established herself as a leader among her peers despite being new to Frankford. Read more about Marcel here.