2020 A.O.Y. Finalist: Tricia Osborne

Tricia Osborne

Principal, Madison Academy

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. 


Why are you proud to be a charter school educator?

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.

How has your team adapted to distance learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic?

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.

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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! 

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