Living Our DPS Honorees: Danny Shea and Thelma Smith
Apr. 30, 2020
Danny Shea and Thelma Smith
Teachers, John H. Amesse
“I nominate Thelma and Danny for living our Shared Core Value of Fun for coming up with the idea of a car parade and making it happen with personalized banners for students. When I pulled into the parking lot at John H. Amesse Elementary. Teachers and staff were taping signs to cars, painting messages on windows and giving social-distance air hugs. The lot was buzzing with the energy of a staff that had not seen each other in weeks. As the parade started, horns blared and people cheered.
We waved and shouted to our students, their families and neighbors throughout the Montbello neighborhood. Seeing students’ faces and families on their porches, waving signs and taking pictures, with kids shouting to teachers and teachers shouting back — “Well I’m not crying, you’re crying.” There was also an impromptu dance party. I left with my teacher heart full, and my people heart even fuller.”