Southfield Public Schools November Teacher of the Month
Southfield Public Schools is excited to announce Maureen Girty-Andrews as the November 2017 Teacher of the Month. Girty-Andrews is the 4th and 5th grade reading teacher at MacArthur K-8 University Academy.
Girty-Andrews started her career student teaching before coming to Southfield Public Schools where she has spent nearly 30 years. "I did not decide to become a teacher. I was called to it," said Girty-Andrews. She went to school at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor enrolled in the College of Engineering, and she knew almost immediately that was not what she wanted to do with her life. Then she tried the School of Nursing, and that wasn't it either. After taking a year off, she explored what she was supposed to be doing with her life and enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. "[I] fell in love with being in the classroom and have loved it ever since," she said.
"As an educator, she teaches with love, compassion, and care," said MacArthur principal Zerrick Lake. "One of her greatest strengths is the ability to have students reach their highest potential."
Girty-Andrew will be formally acknowledged with a special certificate and video at the Board of Education meeting on November 14 at 7 p.m. at the John W. English Administrative Center.
Remember to nominate a teacher every month by clicking HERE.
Dribble, Free Throw and Goal
Southfield Public Schools third through fifth-grade students were the guest of honor at the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) women's basketball game Wednesday morning at the Don Ridler Field House. The LTU Blue Devils defeated the Great Lakes Christian College 83-35.
The students made sure everybody knew the team they were cheering for from the stands. Some students even played a part in the halftime festivities.
See more LTU game day photos below. Click photo to enlarge.
Classroom Cash Grant Winner
The Southfield A&T Warrior Laundry Service won first place for the employability skills program in the Michigan Schools & Government Credit Union Classroom Cash Grant Program. Warrior Laundry Service was up against more than 100 other classroom programs the tri-county area.
The Warrior Laundry Service is an employability skills program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities. The Laundry is a catalyst to teach students employment soft skills which will prepare them to be "work ready." Students in the program are also introduced to photography, t-shirt printing, looming, and clerical skills.
Funds awarded will be used to maintain laundry services and purchase technology for the classroom. Congratulations!
Stevenson's Turkey Trot
Last week, Stevenson Elementary students showed their community spirit by participating in the school's Turkey Trot. All K-5 students competed and earned a dress down with a contribution of can goods or a monetary donation to Gleaner's Food Bank. The track was filled with students running and walking while helping others in need. Way to go, Stevenson!