Wayne County Educator Wins Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Lottery

Larry D. Lambert II holding $1,500 Excellence in Education checkA Wayne County educator known for being a motivator and mentor for his students has been honored with an Excellence In Education award from the Michigan Lottery.

The award winner, Larry D. Lambert II, is a kindergarten through eighth grade visual arts teacher at the Edward “Duke” Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art at Beckham Academy. The school is part of the Detroit Public Schools.

The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence In Education awards in 2014 to recognize outstanding public-school educators across the state during the school year.

Winners of the weekly award receive a plaque, a $1,500 cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, school, or school district. One of the weekly winners will be selected as the Educator of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Each winner also is featured in a news segment on the Lottery’s media partner stations: WXYZ-TV in Detroit, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, FOX 47 in Lansing, and WNEM-TV in Saginaw. The news segment featuring Lambert will air this evening.

Lambert says his mother and sister were major influences and led him to pursue a career in education.

“My mother and sister were major influences on me and starting my career in education. Being an educator is one of the most rewarding and challenging careers there is. Each day, my students drive me to be the best version of myself that I can be.”

Lambert says sharing his skills and watching students grow is one of his favorite parts of being an educator.

“The daily engagement that I have with my students is the driving factor that fuels my educational journey. Being able to share my artistic skills and knowledge, as well as being able to learn from my students is one of my favorite parts of being an educator. Witnessing my students’ growth holistically and artistically has been very rewarding.”

Lambert was nominated by a family member.

“I will put it plainly, Larry Lambert is a great motivator, mentor, educator, and engages with his students and peers. Mr. Lambert won Art Teacher of the Year in 2017 and continues to represent the Detroit Public Schools in the highest regards. He is caring, intellectual, and nurturing of the students at his school. He has students that still look up to him, even in adulthood. He is a presence beyond measure.”

Lambert earned a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky State University and a master’s degree from Marygrove College. He has been an educator for 28 years, 23 in his current position.

Excellence in Education award nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Excellence – Their work consistently helps students and/or their schools or school districts advance to higher levels of academic achievement.
  • Dedication – They consistently go above and beyond expectations to help students succeed.
  • Inspiration – Their work inspires others around them to exceed expectations either academically or professionally.
  • Leadership – They demonstrate clear leadership skills in their positions with their school or school districts.
  • Effectiveness – The nominee’s work has clear and positive results on the educational advancement of students within the school or school district.
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