Detroit, MI — When Dr. Regina Randall, Principal at the Sampson-Webber Academy, nominated math teacher Sivena L. Taylor for the 2009 Coleman A. Young Foundation (CAYF) Teacher of the Year Award, she just knew she’d sent the judging committee the name of the winner. When Belinda Raines, Principal of Northwestern High School and Assistant Principal, Adrian Davis, nominated English teacher Theresa Annita Sawyer Love for the 2009 CAYF Award, they just knew, they’d sent the winner.
Under normal circumstances, only one nomination would have been the winning nomination, but this year, for the first time in the history of the award, the CAYF judging committee picked two teachers as winners. According to the Foundation, the teachers are so exceptional that they couldn’t pick one over the other so they decided to honor both with the award. Their outstanding skills and successes in the classroom make them worthy recipients.
Among Ms. Sawyer Love’s accomplishments-she is responsible for improving the reading skills of students who are 3-5 years below their normal reading level. In her career, two Northwestern graduating classes received the second highest percentage of High School Proficiency endorsed diplomas-second only to Cass Technical.
Among Mrs. Taylor’s accomplishments-she tripled the standardized test scores of low achieving students, increased students’ MEAP scores by double digits and fielded a team that won an Individual National Championship at the Academic Games-the only African American and female to do so.
These teachers’ innate abilities, mastery of teaching skills, and their passion for making learning an enjoyable part of their students’ days, contribute not only to the students current academic achievements, but to their successes for years to come.
Both teachers received their awards at the Coleman A. Young Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Awards Program.