LPS Announces Educator & Support Staff of the Year!
Congratulations to the Livonia Public Schools Educators & Support Staff of the Year honorees for the 2022-2023 school year!
The district is excited to recognize these outstanding individuals during the Monday, November 28th Board of Education meeting, taking place at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the LPS Administration Building, 15125 Farmington Road. All are welcome!
If you are unable to attend, you may watch the presentation on the district’s Youtube channel, as it will be live streamed, then reposted on the district’s website the following day.
Join us in congratulating the following:
Elementary Educator of the Year 2022-2023
Fourth Grade Teacher
Grant Elementary School
Elizabeth Wright is a fourth-grade teacher at Grant Elementary School. She is in her sixth year in Livonia Public Schools and she received two nominations from parents for this recognition.
Beth is described as a teacher who is truly in-tune with the needs of her students, differentiating where needed and communicating thoroughly with parents. She builds and maintains relationships with students and she strives for her classroom to be a supportive environment in which students are encouraged to be themselves and accept others for doing the same. She uses student growth data to drive success in her classroom and students typically work very hard to achieve their academic goals. She is a teacher who knows the strengths and weaknesses of every student in her classroom and works to make them successful and confident learners. She is described by her principal as being a “true natural educator” through her caring and supportive approach, as well as her willingness to work hard, be a team player who is willing to help – because that’s “just who she is.”
Secondary Educator of the Year 2022-2023
Frost Middle School
Angela Allen is a science teacher in the gifted and talented program called Middle School Alternative Classrooms for the Academically Talented (MACAT) program at Frost Middle School. She is a 24-year veteran teacher with Livonia Public Schools and is known for her many contributions in curriculum and assessment at the district level and for her dedication to the success of her students both academically and socially. Often described by her students as their “favorite teacher, ever!” Angela provides a challenging academic environment for her students while instilling a community mindset that reaches outside of the walls of the classroom. Teaching and growing “the whole child,” Angela connects with students in a compassionate way and allows them the emotional space to be inquisitive, make mistakes and learn in a supportive classroom environment. She believes that when students feel cared for and safe, they will be successful learners.
Secondary Educator of the Year 2022-2023
Vocal Music Teacher
Franklin High School & Emerson Middle School
Marilee Olsen is a 23-year veteran vocal music teacher who leads choirs at Emerson Middle School and Franklin High School. In addition to directing multiple choirs, Marilee serves as music director for musical productions at Emerson and Franklin; serves as the music department chair at Franklin; serves as director of the Franklin Choir Boosters; organizes annual trips to New York City, Mackinac Island and other destinations for her students; leads an annual community music tour during the holidays, during which time her students perform at local senior citizen facilities, local businesses and more. Her students experience much more than music instruction – her choir room serves as a safe space for students to feel welcomed, cared for and included in the “choir family.” Marilee’s teaching philosophy centers around “making every day a day of growth and change in a student’s life.” She knows that true teaching occurs after relationships are established. Marilee is able to make those connections through many shared experiences during the many field trips, tours, musical rehearsals and concerts that fill the schedule of each choir she leads. It is her goal to support her students as motivated, organized, responsible and caring leaders among their peers. Marilee professes that she does not “work” a day in her life because she is “truly living the dream” making music and memories with her students.
Support Staff of the Year 2022-2023
Cleveland Elementary School
April Adams is a special education paraprofessional who has served in the role at Cleveland Elementary School for six years. April works one-on-one with students who need extra support throughout their school day. She is described as a staff member who has a “heart of gold” and is a kind, thoughtful, positive role model for her students and her colleagues. Greeting students with smiles and hugs each day, April’s impact reaches beyond the students with whom she directly works. She is known throughout the school by students as someone who is supportive, caring and willing to help. April’s colleagues say she is a wonderful example of how to build positive relationships with students and families. She enjoys seeing students’ confidence grow as they realize they can be successful in a classroom setting. With Mrs. Adams as their guide, her students know they can overcome challenges and be productive contributors with their peers and teachers in the classroom and in any area of the school. Her principal describes her as a “ray of sunshine” that shines brightly at Cleveland Elementary School.