Gladys Clark, 8th grade teacher at Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School has been named the 2017 Detroit Goodfellow’s Teacher of the Year! Ms. Clark, who has been a DPSCD teacher for 32 years, was surprised in her classroom where she was presented with a plaque, flowers and a $200 gift card to purchase classroom supplies. Over 700 DPSCD students in grades 3 through 8 submitted essays of 50 words or less by answering the question: “why is your teacher so special?”
Ms. Clark had many student nominations but two stood out to the Goodfellows board members. Eighth graders, Jakyria Hodge and Leah Denmark, won the student awards and were also presented with gift cards. You can read the student essays below.
Jakyria Hodge, 14 wrote:
“My favorite teacher is Ms. Clark. She teaches all subjects. But my favorite subjects are English and Science. She makes it fun. She’s special to me because, she has taught me for 2 years. Ms. Clark got me where I need to be, because I am going to High School in the fall. She’s special to me because she’s like my second mother. She makes sure I stay focused and complete all my work in a complete order. She also listens to us and we can talk and work out problems. She will also tell us, we can be somebody. That is why I am nominating my favorite teacher Ms. Clark for teacher of the year. Plus, she came out of retirement for us in room 214.”
Leah Denmark, 13 wrote:
“Ms Clark is my favorite teacher. She is special to me because she taught me to enjoy science. Science was not my best or favorite subject now it is. She makes me want to do better. I want to go to college and she tells me and the class to stay focused get your education and your dreams can come true. I am in the 8th grade and she always listens and helps when she can. That is why Ms. Clark is so special to me. I wish I could of had her for more than 1 year as a nice and caring teacher. Thank you.”
Congratulations to Ms. Clark and her students on such an amazing accomplishment!