Educator and Support Staff of the Year
Congratulations to Amy and Eric who received Educator and Support Staff of the Year Awards!!!
Secondary Educator of the Year
Amy Munday is a special education teacher in the Western Wayne Skill Center program at Garfield Community School. She has been teaching in Livonia Public Schools for 14 years.
Mrs. Munday is known for her positive attitude, her genuine connections and relationships with her students, families and colleagues. More than ever before, Mrs. Munday has shown her perseverance and creativity throughout the Covid-19 health crisis by turning her interest and talent in refinishing household furniture into a micro-business. She and her students work each day to refinish donated pieces of furniture - giving new life to worn out desks, chairs, dressers, tables, etc. She and her students then sell the pieces on their Skill-Ful Designs Facebook page. All proceeds benefit Garfield Community School.
Her colleagues said she has an “innovative mindset” that extends well beyond a “growth mindset.” She works tirelessly to provide learning experiences for her students, while caring deeply about their overall wellbeing.
Support Staff of the Year
Eric Raymond is the building supervisor at Garfield Community School, where he has worked for 11 years. He is a 34-year employee of Livonia Public Schools.
Mr. Raymond is known as being “the heart of the school,” keeping the building and grounds clean, safe and welcoming. He is described as being an “outstanding example of a respectful and kind human being” who has a work ethic that is second to none. He truly takes pride in keeping Garfield an impeccable learning environment for students and staff in the three programs that are housed at the school.
Outside of his custodial duties, Mr. Raymond takes it upon himself to build relationships with students, even inviting them to partner with him during his work day. For students who may need to move around throughout the day, Mr. Raymond develops a work plan and teaches skills that students will carry into their daily lives. He is patient and kind while offering instruction and it is apparent that the students truly love working alongside Mr. Raymond.
The Garfield staff and students created a video with a few of the many reasons Amy and Eric are AWESOME!! Click here to watch the video.