Educator nominated for ‘Teacher of the Year’ award

Apr. 17, 2020  PLYMOUTH EAGLE.

Plymouth Michigan News


Ashley Benson, a first-grade teacher at Achieve Charter Academy in Canton Township, has been nominated as the 2020 Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year.

“I am thrilled for Ashley to have been chosen as a finalist for Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) Teacher of the Year,” said Jennifer Conley, principal at Achieve Charter Academy.

“Ashley is one of the most compassionate and caring teachers who provides a first-grade classroom that is focused on a combination of fun, firmness, and focus. She meets the needs of all her individual learners and is a huge asset to our school community.”

Every year, MAPSA Charter School Awards provide a platform to highlight outstanding educators in Michigan charter schools. There are nearly 300 charter schools across Michigan and hundreds of nominations were received for the award this year.

“We are so excited to have a member of our team receive this recognition. Ashley demonstrates sincere care for every student as she connects one-on-one with their interests and needs,” said Cathy Henkenberns, director of school quality at NHA. “She is dedicated to her own learning and strives to improve her practice. As a result, her students benefit from her growth mindset and dedication to her work.”

To be considered for this recognition, MAPSA receives anonymous nominations from parents, teachers, school leaders, and community members to recognize those who are going above and beyond.

“Michigan’s charter schools have some of the most innovative, creative and talented educators in the country, and we’ve seen that come to light even more in the past few weeks,” said Dan Quisenberry, MAPSA president.

“These finalists represent the best of the best, and they’re continuing to work every day to engage, inspire, and educate their students.

‘We’re so proud to be able to honor them and shine a spotlight on their accomplishments.”

The top five Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year finalists will each receive a $500 cash prize and will earn a platform to share their best practices throughout the year.


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