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DPSCD’s Teacher of Year Finalist Cynthia Hollingshed Brings Energy and Willingness to Her Work

Cynthia Hollingshed is currently a Math Master Teacher at DPSCD’s Clippert Multicultural Honors Academy in southwest Detroit. In this role for five years, she uses her outstanding teaching skills and experience with the 6th through 8th graders that she instructs. Her work with her students and colleagues at Clippert, however, goes beyond the classroom.  

For instance, Cynthia is a member of the school’s Equity Committee. She’s also a student mentor; co-coach of the robotics team; tutors students in the evenings on Teams and is a grade level trip leader, having led outings to Science for Tomorrow at the University of Michigan as well as activities with the Junior Achievement program. Cynthia has also led fundraising efforts for the school.  

“Ms. Hollingshed is dependable, energetic, kind, and always has a positive attitude,” said Clippert’s Principal, Micaela Escamilla. “She has excellent analytical skills and is a diligent collaborator with her colleagues while also being receptive to feedback and providing input that positively impacts academic achievement among our students. Ms. Hollingshed is a superior teacher and we at Clippert Academy are proud to have her on board.”  

Cynthia was nominated for this year’s DPSCD Teacher of the Year and made it as a top five finalist. Congratulations and good luck!  

DPSCD, in conjunction with the DPS Foundation, will honor our educators, teachers and leaders at the 9th annual Champions of Education awards gala and dinner, on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at DPSCD’s Mumford High School. This is the second in a series of profile stories about the Teacher of the Year nominees.