CEHHS Alum named Teacher of the Year

February 27, 2019

Erica Sowders received the Clarenceville Teacher of the Year award at the 2019 Livonia Leadership & Awards event.

Erica Sowders, teacher of the year
Erica Sowders, teacher of the year
Erica Sowders and Alan Kantor (CMS Interim Principal)

Erica Sowders was recently honored at the 2019 Livonia Leadership & Awards Celebration for having received the Clarenceville Secondary Teacher of the Year award.  The annual event is held to present awards and celebrate businesses and individuals who make a difference in the Livonia community.

Mrs. Sowders is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program in UM-Dearborn College Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS), and she has also taught undergraduate courses in educational technology as part of the college's teacher certification program.

Mrs. Sowders has been teaching in the Clarenceville School District for 11 years. After teaching for two years at Grandview Elementary School, she began her role as the 7th grade math teacher at Clarenceville Middle School (CMS) and is now in her second year as the Computer Science and STEAM teacher at CMS.

In his nomination letter, Mrs. Sowders’ principal, Mr. Alan Kantor, praised her growth mindset and the perseverance she models for her students to help them build confidence in their own risk-taking. This mindset has made Mrs. Sowders the natural choice to serve in leadership roles for TRIG, ITQ, and Cultures of Thinking. She was a Classroom Makers Ambassador for REMC 17 and a teacher leader of the Student Technology Showcase in Lansing and Detroit.  As the Coding, STEAM, and CS Discoveries facilitator, Mrs. Sowders also organized the inaugural Scratch Night in May 2018.

At CEHHS we are very proud of Erica and the example she sets for other educators on a daily basis.

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