DHMC honors 2013 middle school graduates, teacher Ann DeVore

HEIGHTS – Dearborn Heights Montessori Center recently honored 16 graduates of its 2013 middle school program. A formal ceremony was held to recognize DHMC’s 25th graduating class.

This year’s ceremony also gave special recognition to retiring middle school teacher Ann DeVore.

DeVore played an integral role in the planning and development of DHMC’s middle school program and was also involved in the construction plans for the program’s space which was completed in 2000.

During her career with DHMC, DeVore won multiple educator awards following nominations by parents or former students. In 2007 and 2008, she received the Divine Child High School Gold Star Award after being nominated by students in the freshman class. In 2012, DeVore won a top teacher award from Metro Parent magazine and the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award.

DHMC’s Middle School program includes a variety of service activities in the classroom and in the community. At the graduation ceremony, students received personal recognition for their participation in service activities.

Opportunities for service include peer mediation, reading to younger students, assisting with office projects, visiting senior citizens, operating the school’s hot lunch and recycling programs, and collecting donations of food and clothing to benefit those in need in local communities.

“We are extremely proud of our graduates and dedicated teachers,” DHMC founder Kay Neff said. “Because of the strong foundation students receive in academics, the arts, and community service, they are well received by the leading area high schools. Each of our graduates attends the high school of his or her choice.”