Friday, January 12, 2018
At Trowbridge School of Great Lakes Studies on Friday, teacher Desire Tyler was surprised in front of her class by Principal Thomas Matthews and representatives from the Marcus Center. Tyler was honored for her dedication to teaching students about the life and beliefs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During her 30 years of teaching in MPS, King’s legacy has been an important part of her curriculum.
Tyler has been active in enrolling her students in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Speech, and Writing contests. At least seven of her students have been winners under her guidance. Milwaukee has celebrated King’s birthday annually since 1984, and is one of only two cities in the United States to mark the holiday for this length of time.
Paul Mathews, President & CEO of the Marcus Center, and Bridgett Gonzalez of the Marcus Center were on hand to present Tyler with a plaque, an IPAD, flowers and tickets to see Finding Neverland at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts this February.
Trowbridge School of Great Lakes Studies is a K4 to 8th grade school located on Milwaukee’s south side. Its focus is on freshwater science and the ecology of the Great Lakes, and features an aquaponics lab and outdoor classroom.
Milwaukee’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration will take place Sunday, January 14 at 1 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., in Milwaukee. The event is free and open to the public. In addition to lively performances, student winners of the art, speech and writing contests will be honored.