Nadja E. Payok, 39

Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast

Nadja E. Payok Nadja is an instructor at Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast. She is a highly qualified educator with many academic and occupational professional certifications. She is a cohort member at the Galileo Leadership Academy, reading apprenticeship team leader and coach, and grant writer as well as group leader with the Michigan Association of Computer Users for Learning. She has been a member of building and regional leadership and school improvement committees for eight years.

Nadja has been an advisor at the National FFA Association, a student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. Since 2003, she has worked with the organization towards achieving its goal of making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. She has trained a variety of district, regional and state-level leadership teams.

A mother and teacher, Nadja impacts her classroom and the community by modeling and participating in various community service activities. She has involved her students and her child in activities such as nature center clean-ups, water quality monitoring, elementary educational visits, "adopting" foster children for the holiday season to provide them holiday gifts, sending care packages to soldiers, donating time and goods to Blessings in a Backpack, participating in bell ringing with her daughter's Brownie troop.

�I have tried to instill a feeling of accomplishment in my students and my child when they give of themselves for those that are in need no matter how little the act might be,� she says.

Nadja received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, and graduate degrees from Oakland University and MSU. 

The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2015.