Air date: February 13, 2014
Mitch Albom: Was it sort of like well here’s the good news you’re going to be the principal of the school and here is the not so good news there is not that many kids going there anymore and it is kind of going backwards. Good Luck! Regina: Well I welcome the challenge. Meet Regina Haywood. A lifelong teacher and administrator who, as a new principle, addressed the shrinking populations of 103 year old Nichols Elementary and middle School IN INDIAN VILLAGE by going door to door in the neighborhood, trying to lure students back. Regina: I had some literature in my hand asking parents you know where their students attend where’s your child attending um letting them know about all the offerings that we have here at Nichols. Mitch Albom: Almost a sales pitch Regina: Basically it is a sales pitch She’s a good saleswoman. Once in danger of closing, Nichols has seen a jump in its enrollment. It parallels the jump in performance, spearheaded by Regina who has instituted aggressive goals oriented programs and an emphasis on raising reading levels. Regina’s door to door approach was suggested to her teachers, who now regularly visit students homes to encourage family involvement in education. Regina: Parents have been very welcoming um very receptive to the idea. Kids get to see their teacher in a different light and now we have the buzz around the school the kids are talking saying my teacher came to my house and of course to the teacher when are you coming to my house. Regina (Cont’d): I love children I love helping children and I just want to make a different for them. From door to door, to the windows of the young minds, Regina Haywood is opening new way for our children to learn and stirring the heart of Detroit.