Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, with a ZA Endorsement in Early Childhood Education Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership
Mrs. Yvonne Stokes
My Educational Philosophy
Yvonne Stokes was raised in Hamtramck, Michigan and educated in the Hamtramck Public Schools up until high school. As a high school student, she attended Cass Technical High School where she grew as a person and made life-long friends.
Her professional education was at Eastern Michigan University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, with a ZA Endorsement in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership. She started her journey in education as a teacher at Howe Elementary School winning mini-grants for a classroom library, hands-on science center and a classroom computer.
She later taught at John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy and guided grant writing teams into winning many "High Performing" Good Schools grant awards. She also traveled around the city with the Goods Schools Rappers, a student group that spread positive messages about staying in school and doing your best. The student rappers were the first students in the City of Detroit to receive "Spirit of Detroit" awards for their positive influence. Her work in developing the "L-Team" and "Lady L's" boys and girls mentoring programs pointed many students in the right direction and provided college exposure as a seed for future career possibilities.
Mrs. Stokes' first Principalship was at Wilkins Elementary/Middle School on the eastside of Detroit in 2010. It was named a low achieving school by the State with a ranking of 3 and they were required to put a plan together to address the low achievement. She rallied her staff to develop a plan to move achievement. In 2011 - 2012, the school's State ranking was 4 placing it still in the lowest 5% in the State. By 2012 - 2013, the school was slated to close after Summer School in July. In August of 2013, the new State ranking determination was published and it placed Wilkins at 12, pulling it out of the lowest 5%. It was a gallant effort, but the doors of Wilkins were now closed. In November of 2013, Mrs. Stokes was named the interim Principal of Fisher Magnet Lower Academy where she has since remained as Principal.
After many years of service to parents, staff and students in our District, she formed her Educational Philosophy:
The rewards of education are many as children are our most valuable resource. We as educators are able to provide them with the opportunities for growth that can affect how successfully their lives proceed. Therefore, while we believe that all children can learn, she believes that children learn best in a nourishing environment that services the whole child. It is impossible to look into the eyes of a child who is hungry, improperly clothed, or experiencing emotional difficulties and conduct a successful academic program. It has been easy for us to say that “Johnny cannot read or write,” yet we do a great disservice as educators if we do not address the problems that get in the way of Johnny’s learning. Success in the field of education requires an attitude that all children are worthy of our best efforts. We must believe that every child has abilities waiting to be unleashed and that the process of education is one way to tap into a child’s potential.
Educational reform must offer a way for educational programs to “fit” the children that they serve. Educating children is not an isolated event, but a “group project” involving many stakeholders. Administrators, teachers, parents, citizens, and students contribute to, derive a benefit from, and are directly or indirectly involved in the educational process. Each group can lend its unique perspective in identifying needs and solutions to current issues. This is her philosophy, her motivation, and her dream for our most valuable resource, our children!
Yvonne Stokes, Principal