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Tricia started her career at Madison Academy 16 years ago, in a Kindergarten teacher role. Over the years, she moved into administrative roles, but always kept a passion for students. Serving students from the Flint and greater Genesee County, Tricia's educator team meets every child where they are - academically, socially and emotionally. They use the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTTS) for every student, a comprehensive framework that allows them to uniquely support every kid, as well as a collaborative approach with students' families, aimed at building strong bonds beyond the walls of school. Tricia's team members describe her as the embodiment of a 'servant leader,' arriving early, leaving late and giving 110% every single day - to her team, and to the kids. As a student who was shy and lacking confidence (until she met a very special teacher), she now strives to be the educator who helps every child realize their greatest potential.
I’m proud to be a charter school educator because ultimately the students come first. We’re able to implement innovative learning strategies, try new things and really be professionals. That creates a culture of dedication - and my teachers truly go above and beyond on a daily basis. They do that because they are valued, and because it is what’s right for kids.
From the very first day of closure, we had a plan in place. Our students did not lose a day of instruction. While we know that isn’t a substitute or replacement for the time we get with our kids face to face, we’re doing the best we can - and I know our staff are working exceptionally hard to provide support to families, not just with education, but also in terms of food, emotional support, and relational capacity.
Check out this collection of photos, submitted by Tricia, and get a peek into her life as an Admin!
Hear from 11 (yes, 11) Madison Academy educators and a Madison Academy student why Tricia is deserving of this Award!