Awards

Congratulations to the Winners of the Michigan Charter School Teacher & Administrator of the Year!

A principal from Detroit and an elementary school teacher from Livingston County were announced today as the top charter school educators in Michigan!

Both educators received their awards during surprise presentations at their schools on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Chanavia Patterson has done an incredible job since taking over four years ago as the principal of Detroit Enterprise Academy, a K-8 charter school located in one of the most challenging neighborhoods on the city’s east side. When she took over as principal, Detroit Enterprise ranked as one of the worst schools in the city, mired in just the 8th percentile on the state’s top-to-bottom rankings and now has vaulted all the way up to the 51st percentile, ranking now as one of the highest-achieving schools in Detroit. 

Gordy Hyska has taught first and second grade for the past six years at Charyl Stockwell Academy. He brings academic subjects to life for his students by, for example, turning math into an adventure. He becomes an action hero called “Michigan Hyska” (his version of Indiana Jones), and invites his students to solve math problems as they search for the treasure.

These awards are among the most prestigious that a charter school educator in Michigan can receive. There are 300 charter schools in Michigan, with more than 10,000 teachers and 1,500 administrators. Just over 10 percent of all children in Michigan attend a charter school.

In addition to Patterson and Hyska, the other finalists were:

Administrator finalists of the year: 

Lindsay Andrade, 2nd Grade Teacher from Achieve Charter Academy, Canton
Sydney Azzi, AP English Language & Composition Teacher from Grand River Preparatory High School, Grand Rapids
Gordon Hyska, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher from Charyl Stockwell Academy, Howell
Jennifer Melero, Kindergarten Teacher from Holly Academy, Holly
George Pavey, Dean of Aviation from West Michigan Aviation Academy, Grand Rapids

Teacher finalists of the year:

Kerri Barrett, West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, Grand Rapids
Ali Bazzi, Star International Academy, Dearborn Heights
Chanavia Patterson, Detroit Enterprise Academy, Detroit
Lyn Sperry, Countryside Academy, Benton Harbor
Hosep Torossian, AGBU Alex and Marie Manoogian School, Southfield