Susan and Mike Sikorski
I come from a long line of educators. My grandfather was a teacher and the Superintendent of Schools in Gaylord, and my grandmother was a teacher in the Hazel Park. My dad taught in Warren Consolidated Schools and my mom owned her own preschool for many years. When I was young I played school and would line my dolls up and play teacher for hours in my basement. As I got older, I babysat and worked as an aide for my mom's preschool and UCS Parks and Recreation summer program.
My Utica Community Schools story began when I was in sixth grade and my family moved to Sterling Heights. My parents chose UCS based on its strong reputation. My brother, sister, and I all attended and graduated from UCS. My brother is a chiropractor in Owasso and my sister teaches at Schwarzkoff Elementary.
I graduated from Stevenson, where I served on the yearbook staff, the choir and as co-captain of the swim team. I remember having very caring teachers and coaches and I was happy that UCS offered so many opportunities in different areas. It helped me become a well-rounded person.
My husband and I are both teachers in UCS. This is my 20th year teaching in Utica Community Schools. When people ask where I work, I am always proud to say Utica Community Schools because it is such a quality school district.
I have always enjoyed working with children. I love to be a part of their learning and It is truly an adventure. I think the reason why I became an educator was because I like making a connection with children.
Education is important to me because it can open so many doors for a person. It allows students to have the confidence to follow their dreams.
I believe what makes UCS so special is the dedication and care that the teachers give to each individual student. We work very hard to differentiate our instruction and make sure that each child's needs are met. We teach the same concept at several different levels so that all students can be successful.
The most positive factor about UCS is the high standards that we have for our students. Our administrators hold high expectations for the teachers in our district and in return we do the same for our students. We set goals for each child and work diligently to ensure that they meet or exceed these goals. We provide a rigorous curriculum that challenges each student. We also make sure students are able to meet those challenges.
I started as a substitute teacher in UCS in April of 1980 when I graduated from college. I held long-term substitute positions at Graebner Elementary, Malow Junior High School, and Plumbrook Elementary. I started teaching full time at Crissman Elementary in 1985 and was there until I retired in 2009. I was the coach for the Science Olympiad, Social Studies Olympiad, Math Olympiad, Gifted and Talented, and the Chess Club. I still coach Math Olympiad and Gifted and Talented (S.W.E.E.P.) at Crissman Elementary and Beck Elementary. In addition, I'm on the board of Science Olympiad and am an event supervisor of Zowie Estimation at the Macomb County Science Olympiad tournament.
I enjoyed teaching all students. I think helping students meet or exceed their expectations is extremely rewarding. It is why I still want to stay involved with UCS.
After starting in UCS, I realized that the district was the best option for my own children. My daughter and son graduated from Henry Ford II High School. My daughter, Debra, received her Associates from Macomb Community College in Early Childhood Education and owns her own preschool program, Creative Preschool, in Sterling Heights. Her husband, Jon, is also a Ford graduate who works for the city of Sterling Heights. They have chosen to start their family in UCS because they know the quality of our school district. Our granddaughter, Valerie, will attend Monfort Elementary in a few years.
Our son, Scott, is a graduate of Henry Ford II as well. He and his wife are both graduating from medical school this May. He will be doing his residency at Botsford Hospital.
My family is very invested in Utica Community Schools. We are proud to be part of all the tremendous success that occurs in our school district.
Utica Community Schools Board of Education