Tony Tagliavia -Media Manager, Milwaukee Public Schools
MILWAUKEE – From a school safety assistant who collects donated winter coats for students in need to a banker-turned-educational assistant, a state teacher of the year and alumni who donate time and money to support students following in their footsteps, Milwaukee Public Schools is celebrating stories that make us MPS Proud as the district marks American Education Week.
Throughout the week, MPS is highlighting the contributions made by alumni, community partners, school-based and secretarial staff, district support staff and families to help MPS in its mission to provide successful student outcomes.
Those stories include:
– Steven Brown, Janet Marino Donovan, Harry Oden and Linda Walsh, MPS graduates who are active in their high schools’ alumni associations encouraging other grads to rekindle their school spirit to help today’s students. Read more about how these alumni are raising scholarship money for graduates, helping with college applications, volunteering and mentoring.
– Nikole Johnson and Pheng Lor, two paraprofessional educational assistants who go above and beyond in service to children. After a 17-year career with a major bank, Johnson was looking for a change and found education. Find out why she says is the best thing that ever happened to her. Lor, an immigrant from Laos and an MPS graduate, says he loves seeing his Kluge students grow and the difference he helps make in their lives. Read why he sees himself in his students.
– Mai Xiong, whose commitment to helping students at Academy of Accelerated Learning reach their greatest potential earned her the title of Wisconsin’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year for 2015-16. Read more about a teacher who works tirelessly to teach students no matter their learning style or ability.
– Kimberly McLaughlin, a safety assistant at South Division who for 10 years has collected donated coats to provide them to students in need during the winter. “My kids come from all over the world and don’t know about the Wisconsin winter,” she said. Learn more about “Mama Mac’s Closet.”
– Karen Delker, who attended Fernwood from K4 through 8th grade and came back to the school in 1987, where she has worked ever since. Read about the personal attention she gives every student and parent, including how she helped a young man get over his fear of fire drills.
– Marquez Guzman, an MPS graduate who plays several roles for the district: financial analyst, golf coach, Junior Achievement volunteer and My Brother’s Keeper Initiative implementer. “I wanted to return to MPS so that I could make an impact in the lives of young people both in and out of the classroom,” he said. Learn how he sees his finance job playing a major role in that.
– Joy and Ronald Adams, who are part of a generations-long tradition of attending Milwaukee Public Schools. Joy’s father, her husband and her sons are all proud MPS alumni and soon, her granddaughters will be old enough to be at least the fourth generation to attend MPS. Hear why Joy says her sons frequently thank her for their MPS education.
Media interested in profiling any of these outstanding individuals should contact MPS’ Tony Tagliavia ([email protected]) Friday, November 13 or MPS’ Denise Callaway ([email protected]) the week of November 16.