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April 2021

Week of April 26, 2021

Jameson Smith
Cass Tech High - Alumnus & DCP @Northwestern - Assistant Principal

Jameson Smith

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

  • My middle and elementary school experiences had the greatest impact on my perception of education. To this end, Mr. Cleveland, my 8th Grade math teacher had the greatest impact on me academically. I became a Math teacher specifically because of Mr. Cleveland. With his attention to detail and his concern for the whole child, he was the leader of the ski team, which made me appreciate what he brought to the table.

What has been your favorite experience as a DPSCD employee?

  • As a DPSCD employee, I was provided with some of the best researched-based professional development available. My pedagogical ideology was cultivated and nurtured while working within DPSCD. Considering I've worked for several districts and charter schools in the surrounding area, I have relevant data points to make a valid ascertain that DPSCD produces some of the most educated, well-equipped teachers in Southeast Michigan.

Why should someone join the DPSCD team?

  • An aspiring Educator should join DPSCD if their goal is to become the best of the best. The perception of an "excellent" educator is one thing, but the ability to nurture meaningful relationships with students to compel them to aspire to be excellent can only be birth out of the experiences provided by DPSCD.

Week of April 19, 2021

Donna Payne
Exceptional Student Education - Communication Disorders Supervisor

Donna Payne

What motivates you to work in the ESE field?

  • I feel compelled to support students who may need a little extra support to achieve academic success. Also, providing insight and education to those who may not understand Communication Disorders and how a specific challenge does not define nor limit a student's potential.

Week of April 12, 2021

Master Sergeant Terry Walker, Ret.
Martin Luther King Jr. Sr High - Alumnus DCP @Northwestern - Asst. JROTC InstructorMSG Terry Walker

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

  • Mr. Carter was my favorite educator at DPS. I was very interested in Biology and Marine Biology, and Mr. Carter taught me how to set up and maintain saltwater aquariums, and the special requirements to care for saltwater fish and other aquatic life.

What has been your favorite experience as a DPSCD employee?

  • Helping teens develop their leadership capabilities to become better citizens. I enjoy introducing students to technology and getting them engaged and active in extra-curriculum activities such as Robotics, FPV Drones, Archery, Marksmanship Competitions and "CyberPatriot" Cyber Security Competitions.

Why should someone join the DPSCD team?

  • We have so many young people who can achieve HIGH standards of excellence.

Week of April 5, 2021

Julien Frazier
Exceptional Student Education - Lead Administrator

Julien Frazier

What motivates you to work in the Exceptional Students Exceptional field?

  • I find myself motivated to work in the ESE department to increase the knowledge gap in supporting students with exceptionalities. Building parental partnerships and effectively supporting the needs for students with social-emotional, mental, behavioral and physical challenges is critical. Moreover, ensuring the meaningful provision of high-leverage practices and appropriate services to increase access, development and progress remains my overarching motivation and overriding priority. In ESE, students always come first!