Read the bios of the nominees for 2017-18 Game Changer of the Year presented by Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan.
Ms. Ambrose has committed nearly a decade to educating youth in the city she loves. Throughout her teaching career, she has successfully led high school courses in Algebra I, Honors Geometry, and Honors Algebra II. Taking on multiple leadership roles including Math Content Lead, Mentor Teacher, Dance Coach, National Honors Society (NHS) Advisor, Math Club Advisor, and Class of 2020 Sponsor, she still has committed time to tutor and mentor students outside of the classroom. She currently works with young girls through Amachi, a non-profit organization that focuses on a holistic approach to providing services to youth, educators, and adults who work with children and adolescents by providing young people the values and skills they need to become exceptional community leaders and members.
Kelly Rickert has been teaching for 5 years, and is currently the 1st/2nd grade teacher for the "Painted Turtles" classroom at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School on the East side of Detroit. She believes that there are opportunities for learning in the people and places all around us, and collaborates with Boggs families, community members, and spaces around the school to further extend her classroom's boundaries, and root the learning done there in place.
Stephanie Griffin is a veteran teacher that teaches with the students’ needs in mind. Ms. Griffin supports all learning styles and offers the appropriate educational supports based on the students’ varied learning styles. . Ms. Griffin is a Steering Committee Member of The Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren. In this capacity, she advocates for educational equality for all students; particularly Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students.
Ryan Moitozo has been teaching Social Studies at Trillium Academy in Taylor for the past four years. He strives to inspire his students to appreciate the importance of history and to encourage them to become positive forces for change in our world. Whether he is leading his class in a debate about gun control or registering his seniors to vote in the fall, Mr. Moitozo is always trying to inspire his students with his passion for Social Studies. Other than teaching, he is also the head advisor for the National Honor Society, and he takes great pride in the many good deeds NHS does for their school and for their community. Overall, Mr. Moitozo is driven by his love to teach and his love for his students.
Sylvia Sturgis is an ELA teacher at the International Technology Academy in Pontiac, Michigan. Ms. Sturgis is a very dedicated and passionate teacher who goes beyond the regular school day providing tutoring services, coaching various sports teams, and co-founding the School District of the City of Pontiac’s first Japanese Student Exchange Program. Recently, she traveled to Kusatsu, Japan with a group of 11 middle school student ambassadors and chaperones.