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Published on November 29th, 2016 | by editor

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Sheila Holmes – Our Faculty & Student in the News

Wright College’s own Sheila Holmes, Professor of Psychology, is devoted to her community. In fact, DNAInfo Chicago recently profiled her strong ties to the North Lawndale neighborhood of her youth. Now resettled in North Lawndale, Sheila’s hard work has earned her the Parent of the Year award from Turning the Page Chicago, a community organization that links public schools, neighborhood families, and educational resources for student success.

In a recent interview, Sheila discussed North Lawndale, her teaching style, and the Parent of the Year Award.

What is your education background?

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Minnesota, Morris and a Master of Arts from National Louis University. I have been teaching since 1995. I have taught math, psychology, ethics, assessment, counseling, special needs, and theory courses.

Could you describe your teaching philosophy or any unique lessons that have worked well with your students? 

Everybody can learn if they want to. Some may need to just work harder than others. The instructor shouldn’t have to work harder than the student.

How has the North Lawndale community changed since your childhood? 

Yes, the neighborhood is not as close knit as it was back in the day. We were a cohesive village. We walked to school together and played outside together.

I moved back because I didn’t feel comfortable in the suburbs. They had foxes walking down the street! I also returned because I want to make the community a better place.

What type of community activities do you find the most rewarding? 

Block parties where kids can play outside and feel safe. Events that show people can get along.

Congratulations on your recent award from Turning the Page Chicago. Could you tell me a bit more about the organization? 

It’s a North Lawndale organization that holds community nights at local schools. The evenings cover different themes, such as health, nutrition, and gardening. The organization pulls the community together to show positive things happen in North Lawndale. The organization also promotes literacy. They give away books for all grade levels. My daughter really enjoys going to these events.

What do you believe are common misconceptions about North Lawndale?   

The news is always negative. People often talk about the dangers of North Lawndale, but danger is everywhere. People often overlook the positive things happening in the neighborhood.

What could civic leaders do to create more opportunities in North Lawndale, or to tap into existing resources within the community? 

Many opportunities already exist, but they need to be better publicized. Enough is there, but they need to put it out there so people can take advantage of it. North Lawndale has beautiful parks. Everything is right there.

Is there anything else we should know about Sheila Holmes?

I am proud of the award because it speaks to my involvement, pride, and integrity when it comes to parents’ roles in the community.

Here is a picture of Sheila with her award.

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