Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of reports on the 2017 You Are Special award winners from the 25th Annual Salute To Framingham. The report below was written by the building principal. Photo by Petroni Media Company.
Dalia Stewart has been a social studies teacher in Walsh Middle School’s Two-Way Program since 1998.
She was instrumental in the implementation of the Two-Way Program at Walsh and a key contributor to the success achieved by the program.
Dalia’s many talents make her special.
As a teacher she is creative, constantly integrating technology in her classes to engage students through a variety of multi-modal activities catered to the specific needs of each cohort.
As a colleague, she is extremely collaborative, always showing tremendous work ethic and energy that help motivate and involve others in the task at hand. A colleague referred to her as “an amazing team player.”
She is a superb school citizen who is not afraid to take on new challenges.
Dalia has been involved in the creation and implementation of several initiatives at Walsh. She was part of the team that created the Global Citizen Initiative to develop activities to raise awareness about pressing social and environmental issues such as world hunger and social inequality.
She was one of the organizers of the Hunger Banquet event that became an integral Fall school activity.
She is also involved in the Minority Parent Engagement Initiative which creates communication bridges between the school and the Spanish speaking parent community through social and educational activities.
Dalia is one of the leaders of LEA (Latinas en Acción), an affinity group that meets regularly to empower vulnerable Latina girls by raising their self-esteem through motivational guest speakers, college visits, and discussion of self-help tools.
This year she was part of the pilot Summit Program implementation, managing to recruit tutors from Framingham State University who came weekly to help her neediest students. Dalia is a wonderful role model for any student but especially for Latinas & Latinos. She has contributed significantly to the multicultural climate of our school. She always goes over and beyond without expecting recognition.
She is a tremendous asset to the entire Walsh community and the Two-Way program.