2019 Whittier Elementary Teacher of the Year

Kindergarten Teacher Phyllis Evans


Phyllis J. Evans
Whittier Elementary School
Kindergarten Teacher

How are you working to increase equity in education and opportunity for students in your school?
This year the Whittier Leadership Team initiated a model of communication connecting upper grade students (4-6) with lower grade students (K-3). The classes exchanged candy, winter holiday gifts and valentines with each other. My role in the project was to reach out to parent volunteers, meet with grade levels and decorate the hallway and prepare classes to follow through with the interactive experience.

What message about public education do you want to share?
Lack of adequate affordable housing for families in the urban communities throughout America is important to me as an educator because many of our parents are functioning on low to average incomes. I believe that long hours and low pay affect the quality of the of the economic family values, family life and academic achievement for students. When I interact with parents about resources for affordable housing, I share any and all information and additional resources to provide support for the family.