Thank you for your coverage on this story. Here are a few words about Sheila Silver.
Sheila is an inspiration for each student, when she hired me to create the costumes for “Nichols Nickleby” I was completely moved by Sheila. When I started working on the show Sheila gave me a student assistant, who was a Freshmen, and anti-social. I asked Sheila, “How was this student going to lead her classmates, she is scared to speak?” Sheila responded, “You’re so out spoken, and you have no problems being social, I know you could teach her more then just costumes.” Sheila was absolutely correct. By the end of the run my student made friends, she led her crew and invited me to her improv performance.
Sheila Silver is more than a teacher ; she is a person who is passionate about encouraging all the people around her to reach higher. As I said in the meeting Sheila has always been encouraging to me and her students. She reminds me of my high drama teacher who truly introduced to me my voice. I was like many of Sheila’s students until I found that teacher who was more then just an 8 am-3:30pm teacher. She is amazingly courageous, I have been with her when she is directing her students and mothering her son. If we had more educators like Sheila Silver, President Obama wouldn’t have to stress the issues of America no longer leading in education.
Costumer/ The Actors Gang Member & Teacher