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January 2021

Week of January 25, 2021

Adrima Caesar, ESE Senior Director of Assistive Technology/Curriculum/Assessment

Adrima Caesar

What advice would you give to a college student who is considering going into the Exceptional Student Education field?

  • As a future educator, it is important to have a caring and empathetic approach to providing services to students and our families. Our students come from very diverse backgrounds and you must believe that all students can do their best, and there are no limits to what they can do. The most rewarding part of this work is engaging with the students and their families daily and seeing growth students make year after year. In this role, you are their advocate and their families are counting on you to make sure their child reaches their greatest potential.

Week of January 18, 2021

Rochell Dunson, Cass Tech Alumnus, Communication and Media Arts High School - English Teacher

Rochell Dunson

Who was your favorite educator as a DPS/DPSCD student and why?

  • Ms.Pfander, my 7th grade English teacher was my favorite teacher. She realized I loved reading and writing, and as a result, she would give me books all the time. While at home with the Chicken pox and feeling miserable, she sent me the book Crying Wing. Reading that book about a Native American girl, so different from me, helped open my mind to a different culture.

What has been your favorite experience as a DPSCD employee?

  • After coming back to DPSCD from a charter school, my favorite experience is to be able to sow back into my community through the growth of my students.

Why should someone join the DPSCD team?

  • We represent Detroit which is the heart of Michigan. When someone says they work for the District, people know they are committed to serving students to reach their full potential, and this is being a part of their greatness!

Week of January 11, 2021

Renee Kraus, ESE Supervisor of Emotionally Impaired Programs and Non-Public Schools

ESE Spotlight-Renee Kraus

What advice would you give to a college student who is considering going into the Exceptional Student Education field?

  • Working with exceptional students can be a very rewarding experience. While it will be challenging and difficult at times, many of my students that I have worked with in the past have become productive adults. Entering the teaching profession is an exciting time. No two days are the same. As their teacher, you can incorporate new topics and design new lessons. I still get excited from seeing the progress of my students. Through time, they gain new knowledge and a deeper interest on the subject and learn what fires their passion the most. The more I teach, the more I give back to the community at large. I know deep down that I am influencing the minds of our future leaders, game-changers, innovators and movers.

Week of January 4, 2021

Kelly West, Fisher Magnet Upper Academy & Cass Tech Alumnus, Golightly Education Center - Counselor

Kelly West

Who was your favorite educator as a DPS/DPSCD student and why?

  • In high school, it was Mrs. Das Gupta, my ELA teacher from 11th-12th Grade. Mrs. Das Gupta cared about her students in particular, and I felt she took interest in my personal and academic endeavors. In middle school, my art teacher Mrs. Smith was a petite artsy woman from New York who challenged me to utilize my skills and helped me to believed in myself. I ended up winning a city-wide MS contest with 3M Media and had my drawing placed on a billboard on 8 mile along with the High School and Elementary School Winners!

What has been your favorite experience as a DPSCD employee?

  • The unity among staff, students, and parents.

What should someone join the DPSCD team?

  • To thoroughly carry the torch of excellence into our authentic city’s future generation of leaders.