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Sylvia Shaina (MI '90)


At the time of the Award, Sylvia Shaina was:

Thomas A. Edison Elementary School
Fraser, MI

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary

Biographical Information

Sylvia Shaina teaches second grade as Edison Elementary School in Fraser, where she was using the "hands on" approach long before the term became fashionable. In promoting student self-esteem, in keeping parents informed, in transforming her classroom into a living habitat, and in numerous other ways, Ms. Shaina has repeatedly broken new educational ground, approaching education with a highly developed understanding of what works. Active in community affairs, she is a member of her party's Executive Board in her congressional district, and has served on the board of directors of a local recycling organization. In 1989 she was named WDIV/Newsweek Teacher of the Year.

Additional Information


1958 Wayne State University, B.A.