Michael Ann Doran Effron ’98 Leads In Inner-City Classrooms
Whenever Michael Ann Effron speaks about her work, a passion exudes from her face. Since graduating from Wittenberg, Effron has made it her life’s work to teach young people in hopes of preparing them for fulfilling lives.
Board-certified in K-12 special needs and K-8 regular education, Effron has spent years teaching inner-city kids in some of the most difficult settings in and around Columbus, Ohio. Currently a 7th and 8th-grade teacher at Starling Middle School with the Columbus Public Schools, Effron spends her days helping learning- disabled students in those grades.
Those closest to her note how much she invests in her students, motivating and pushing them to learn in ways they never thought possible. Effron also consistently demonstrates compassion and provides encouragement to all of her students as they work to overcome the stigma of their disability.
Although the days are long and challenges at times great, Effron never wanes in her passion for her profession. In fact, she takes on more, including volunteering her time to serve on a textbook committee, which she was nominated to co-chair, and where she reviewed dozens of texts and made recommendations to the school board. She also initiated a project to address one of the worse suspension records
in the district. Following extensive research on building discipline, Effron, with support from her principal, enlisted fellow staff members to create their school’s Building Wide Management Plan. Two years after implementation, students were staying in the classroom 40 percent more than before, character education was part of the curriculum, and students with behavioral issues were receiving better support.
Her dedication also regularly inspires colleagues, family and friends, but Effron, as always, looks outside herself, crediting her Wittenberg education for giving her the skills, abilities and confidence to make a difference every day. It’s that difference that recently earned her Wittenberg’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award, given to a graduate of the last 15 years who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in their profession of vocation. Effron’s husband, David ’98, presented her with the award during Homecoming Weekend 2008, Oct. 10-12.