LANSING, Mich., – A Detroit educator known for nurturing students inside and outside the classroom – including providing food and clothes for those in need – and constantly improving her teaching skills has been honored with an Excellence of Education award from the Michigan Lottery.
The award winner, Angela Ensley, teaches English language arts and serves as the yearbook adviser at the Cody Academy of Public Leadership in Detroit. The school offers ninth through 12th grades, including special education classes, and features a curriculum designed to foster critical thinking, problem solving, and public advocacy skills for its students. The academy is part of the Detroit Public Schools system.
Winners of the weekly award will receive a plaque, a $500 cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, school or school district. One of the weekly winners will be selected as the Educator of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
Excellence in Education award nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:
- Excellence – Their work consistently helps students and/or their schools or school districts advance to higher levels of academic achievement.
- Dedication – They consistently go above and beyond expectations to help students succeed.
- Inspiration – Their work inspires others around them to exceed expectations either academically or professionally.
- Leadership – They demonstrate clear leadership skills in their positions with their school or school districts
- Effectiveness – The nominee’s work has clear and positive results on the educational advancement of students within the school or school district.