Shirley Naples

Shirley Naples believes that they key to all successful
teaching is the initial development of self-esteem in every student.
Naples believes that children cannot learn if they do not believe in

A good teacher, she says, will nurture and encourage each child to
develop his or her own talents. In her classroom, she tells her students
that individually each must become the best he or she can be. She has
high expectations for every child and will not accept less. Learning
occurs, Naples says, because of the chemistry that develops between
teacher and student.

Shirley began her teaching career in 1968 as a teacher of seventh-
and eighth-grade social studies in Ferndale, Michigan. She remained in
that school district until her retirement from active teaching in 1992,
serving as a Block Team Member, a fifth-grade teacher and a resource
room teacher.

Shirley earned both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from
Wayne State University, and the M.A.T. Degree from Oakland University.

Special Recognition


Presidential Recognition – White House, Washington, D.C.


Teacher Recognition Congressional Record – Val 138


Finalist for Michigan Teacher of the Year


Selected as WDIV-Newsweek Teacher of the Year for Oakland County Elementary Level


Resolution from Ferndale Board of education for Outstanding Teaching Commendation from mayor and city council of Ferndale


Resolution from the Oakland County Intermediate School Board for Outstanding Teaching


Woman of Distinction – Delta Kappa Gamma Society International


Selected Ferndale Teacher of the Year