Here is promised video of Mount Zion High teacher winning her teaching “Oscar” today in Clayton County

Thanks to the Milken folks and DOE for sending me this video of Clayton County teacher Shekema Silveri learning this morning that she won the prestigious Milken Educator Award. Please watch the entire video as it is very reaffirming and uplifting. I love the chant, “We, MZ, love Silveri.” (Share it with your kids; mine are sitting here with me watching it for the third time. And now they are saying the chant, too.)

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good for kids

October 21st, 2011
8:33 pm

Great video! Thanks for sharing. She cried and made me cry. I take note of the fact that she loves her students. It is the relationships she builds, her belief in them, that makes the difference.

Linda

October 21st, 2011
9:01 pm

Awesome!!! Now where did I put my tissues?

Sally H.

October 21st, 2011
9:25 pm

Very life affirming and brings out the goosebumps. I love the line, “A teacher has the opportunity to help you change your story.”

DeKalbite

October 21st, 2011
10:03 pm

Awesome teacher. Lucky students. Thanks for posting this video.

Eric

October 22nd, 2011
8:35 am

Ms. Downey, this is a good article, and I like a lot of what you write. However, it is past time to remove the “Teacher Quality” links on the front page. You and the AJC have made your point. To continue to leave these for viewing suggests not journalism, but an obsession with test results, rankings, and ultimately creating suspicion and distrust that is destroying public education. Is that your goal?

Eric

October 22nd, 2011
8:36 am

Ms. Downey, this is a good article. However, it is past time for the “Teacher Quality” links to be removed from the front page. It makes it look as if you and the AJC are obsessed with finding reasons to destroy public education.

Sam

October 22nd, 2011
10:42 am

Those on the inside don’t want any kind of accountability or reponsiblity for results. As taxpayers and parents we are over education insiders demanding more and more money to provide our kids less and less.
The spigot is off.

Mr Charlie

October 22nd, 2011
2:12 pm

Eric, is her goal to destroy public education? Well, if they continue to do things such as, oh, hire retired “administrators” who collect a pension as well as an additional 30k a year to do nothing, maybe if needs to be destroyed. Ever think of that?

Beverly Fraud

October 22nd, 2011
2:50 pm

Mr Charlie, I hope you aren’t referring to the retired APS employees who have come back to assist, at above market rates, in “whatever capacity is needed”

Of course these people provide a valuable service, and Davis is, we all agree, mistaken in wanting to terminate them.

After all who else better than a retired APS administrator, to bring the rigorous rigor to the rigorousness of rigor in order to expedite the facilitation of bringing stakeholders to a place of rigor to fully implement rigorously rigorous high standards?

Who else indeed.

Prof

October 22nd, 2011
3:51 pm

This is really off the topic here…sorry not to write about the video, but the first 4 bloggers here have said what I would say…. but the salaries of the returned retirees are probably quite a bit higher than AJC reported. A TRS retiree with at least 25 years vested can be rehired up to 49% time, at the salary received during the last year before retirement. The retiree’s replacement would have been a beginner at a much lower salary. A sweet deal indeed, and common at the University level as well.

Prof

October 22nd, 2011
4:16 pm

Some clarification, upon further checking: TRS rules only state that retirees are paid “no more than 49% of the compensation that would normally be paid work[ing] full-time in the position.” It’s the USG retirees getting TRS who have the sweeter deal.

According to the Regents Policy, the USG retiree will be paid “no more than 49% of the annual benefit-base compensation amount that he/she was earning at the time of his/her retirement, with consideration for the average merit increase percentages that have been applied since the employee retired.”

(USG employees have had a salary freeze since 2008 like the K-12 employees, so no merit increases for rehired retirees.)

Beverly Fraud

October 22nd, 2011
4:23 pm

But Prof, couldn’t the argument be made that these Beverly Hall acolytes are uniquely qualified to bring rigoressness to the rigor?

Doesn’t Hall, after all she did for Atlanta, deserve to have her legacy carried on?

Beverly Fraud

October 22nd, 2011
4:27 pm

I hope Heatley has the common sense and decency to not take any credit for the efforts of Ms. Silveri.

If there is ever a case of a teacher succeeding DESPITE a superintendent and not because of one, this would be a textbook example.

bootney farnsworth

October 22nd, 2011
4:41 pm

unimpressed.
anytime a group resorts to chanting slogans, I immediately begin
to question their credibility

especially “spontaneous” chants.

bootney farnsworth

October 22nd, 2011
4:44 pm

no disrespect to Silveri, but she’s not the only teacher in the abysmal metro area education system who is doing miracles against all odds.

bootney farnsworth

October 22nd, 2011
4:50 pm

@ Prof,

the rehiring practice is common throughout the USG, but you may be overlooking a very important thing.

a new hire has to be trained up in policy, culture, practices, politics, ect of an institution. plus there’s no guarentee they’ll
jell in the school

in theory at least, rehiring someone for PT work at those wages
factor in the dead/ramping up time is virtually non existant. and
-again, in theory- you’re getting years of experience.

Beverly Fraud

October 22nd, 2011
5:59 pm

“in theory at least, rehiring someone for PT work at those wages
factor in the dead/ramping up time is virtually non existant. and
-again, in theory- you’re getting years of experience.”

And with an APS rehire you’re getting rigor. Rigorous rigor.

Prof

October 22nd, 2011
6:08 pm

Very sorry that I apparently derailed the topic of the video, at least for the time being… go back to the celebrations of one teacher for whom retirement is far, far away.

Beverly Fraud

October 22nd, 2011
6:44 pm

Someone insinuated on the other post about this story, that Crawford Lewis is a past winner. Can’t be but…it’s true.

Look it up, and notice the LARGE font that prefaces his bio with “AT THE TIME OF THE AWARD…”

Can’t say I blame them LOL

Shouldn’t detract from what this winner has done though.

Maureen Downey

October 22nd, 2011
6:51 pm

@bootney, You must doubt all sports fans as I have never been to a sports event without chants.
Maureen

Good Mother

October 24th, 2011
11:51 am

Please invite this teacher to blog about her successes. I would enjoy knowing her keys to success, specifically, what she does differently than other teachers and would appreciate her advice to parents.

Maureen, can you contact her?
Good Mother

Taylor Williams

October 24th, 2011
12:15 pm

that is my teacher personally and i feel truly blessed that she is in my life my classmates and I are happy and we think it could not have happened to a better person..