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Weekly Update

Check out the highlights from the past school week and prepare for the week ahead.

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Mr. Nehemiah Thomas


Mr. Thomas has been an educator for over 23 years, and an award-winning school principal since 2000. He joined East Academy as principal in 2016. Mr. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from Henderson State University and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Governor’s State University. He will earn his PhD in Educational Administration from Illinois State University in 2017. Mr. Thomas is the recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award by the NAACP of Decatur, IL. In addition to working in education, Mr. Thomas serves as Vice President of the National Council on Educating Black Children, whose mission is to close the achievement gap for black students in America.

Tina Smith

3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Smith is an outstanding teacher. She is always searching for ways to connect with her students, and has a vibrant personality. All of her students know that she really cares about them, beginning with the warm welcome they receive each day. Ms. Smith has established a very strong learning community which supports all of her students. She is always searching for new strategies to use to educate her students.

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