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Joyce Peoples is honored as Dr. King Teacher of the Year

Joyce Peoples is honored for her work around Dr. King’s legacyAs a champion for the annual Dr. King Birthday Celebration in Milwaukee who encourages her students to submit art, essays, and speeches, the steering committee of this annual event has selected Joyce Peoples as teacher of the year. Congratulations, Joyce!

Joyce teaches middle school English Language Arts at Hartford Avenue University School and has been teaching in Milwaukee Public Schools for 20 years. She has been involved with Milwaukee’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Celebration for the past 19 years. Her work includes providing enrichment activities and encouraging her students to use their unique abilities, including in the Dr. King art, speech, and writing contests.

Hartford Principal Yalonda Graham shared her appreciation for Joyce. “Mrs. Peoples is a phenomenal teacher who goes beyond the call of duty. She exhibits great leadership skills and cares a great deal about her students and colleagues. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with her.”

Each year since 2014, the steering committee of Milwaukee’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration selects a teacher who has shown a high level of commitment to the event over a number of years. Joyce was selected for the energy and enthusiasm she brings to the event via her students. We are MPS Proud!


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

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