Helping students see the beauty in the world

Tami Tucker

Ms. Tami Tucker teaches grades kindergarten through eighth grade and sees 18 classes each week at Dove Academy of Detroit. She is in her second year there and believes art inspires creativity and the importance of organizing knowledge in a less technical way.

“Making connections with my students and making sure they know I truly care about each and every one of them motivates me every day. All students are greeted daily with a handshake, hug, or a twirl – sometimes all of them. At times they challenge me with individualized special handshakes,” Ms. Tucker said with a smile.

Ms. Tucker first attended Michigan State University to earn her degree in horticulture/floriculture and business. She went back to school years later to earn her bachelor’s from Wayne State in art education and masters with a certification in integrating technology into the classroom from Walden University.

“I enjoy mentoring students who need direction and assistance with their behavior. I have spent one-on-one time with those who need a break from their own classroom. Teaching them how to handle difficult or stressful situations helps to develop a bond with my students,” she continued.