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February 2021

Week of February 22, 2021

Dionne Shell
Bow Elementary, Coffey Elementary-Middle School, Cass Tech - Alumnus
Moses Field Center, & Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science - Physical Therapist

Dionne Shell

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

  • I had four favorite DPS educators: Mrs. Bowman, Math Teacher and Ms. Beasley, English Teacher at Bow Elementary, Mr. Hammond, Math Teacher at Coffey Middle School, and Mrs. Leach, an English Teacher at Cass Tech. These teachers pushed me to do my best, encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and made me feel that I could achieve anything that I put my mind to! They always exhibited professionalism in their demeanor and attire, and I admired and respected them very much. Mr. Hammond was extremely special to me as my homeroom teacher and math teacher for 3 years at Coffey Middle. He made me realize the world did not owe me anything, I needed to work hard to succeed, and helped nudge the chip off my shoulder that would have hindered my progress!

What has been your favorite experience as a DPSCD employee?

  • My favorite experience as a DPSCD employee has been helping the underserved students in our ESE setting who have cognitive and physical impairments and are deemed by society to not succeed. I pour positive affirmations into each of their treatment sessions to help them realize they matter and they too can excel despite their limitations whether they are in a wheelchair, using a walker, or presenting with any other problems. I love helping their families understand that they are ABLE even when they are labeled as DIS-ABLED!

Why should someone join the DPSCD team?

  • To help give back to this community of future leaders and make them feel they are worthy and can succeed just like their counterparts in other districts!

Week of February 8, 2021

Michelle DeJaeger, Executive Director - Exceptional Student Education 

Michelle DeJaeger

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

  • Through working in partnership with families and District stakeholders, opportunities are created that make day to day and lifelong impacts on the life of students with exceptionalities. All students have the right to an appropriate, rigorous and robust education that contributes to a quality life where each is respected and recognized as a contributing member of society.  This is the work we do in ESE!

Week of February 1, 2021

Kia Collier, Murray-Wright High School Alumnus, Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School - ESE Teacher

Kia Collier

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

  • My mother Joyce Gray was my favorite teacher-educator. She ran a pre-school and childcare classes at Murray-Wright High School. I was blessed to see my mother go to work every day and do what she loved, which was making a difference in the lives of students. Murray-Wright was unique; the school had a great program for teen parents to focus on being a student and a mom. We had children in the building ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, and this was a safe place for students to bring their children and finish school. High School students gained valuable career skills and learned how to work in a daycare located at Murray-Wright.

What has been your favorite experience as a DPSCD employee?

  • My favorite experience as a district employee is all the professional development opportunities that we can take part in. The district is constantly allowing us to grow as professionals in our different fields so we can make a difference every day.

Why should someone join the DPSCD team?

  • I recommend joining DPSCD because this is where you can make a difference from the ground up for every student. From this point forward, the sky's the limit for our students.