Ann Marie's All Stars: Ms. Susan Porter is a social worker who is always on her student's side

Posted at 11:48 AM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 23:18:36-05

During the tough teenage years students at one Redford Union School know they have someone who’s always on their side.

Social workers these days are overwhelmed with students and responsibilities, but somehow Ms. Susan Porter is finding a way to make a life changing impact.

“I nominate Susan Porter because she’s one of the most God sent angels,” student Spencer Brooks said.

It was an emotional email the 18-year old sent nominating Ms. Porter as an All Star, detailing what his school social worker means to him. 

Brooks says he’s dealt with a lot over the past three years.

“She’s helped me through a lot of depression,” he said.

Brooks credits his success to Ms. Porter at ADT Stuckey Center in Redford.

“She’s here, she there to tell me you know what you need to problem solve, you need to figure out what you can do to make the day better,” he said.

Ms. Porter has always loved students and being in the classroom.

“I was a teacher for a number of years but I felt myself more drawn to the effective needs of kids,” she said.

Ms. Porter says she loves that one on one time which is a tall task for social workers but Brooks says she’s always there for him no matter the time, or the problem.

“Without her I wouldn’t be as far as I have gotten, I probably would have dropped out of high school by now,” he said.

And through her decades of work and countless students, Ms. Porter is on a mission to make sure each and every student knows no matter what, they’re never alone.

“That people care, we do care about them and we all work together to meet their needs,” she said.

Congratulations Ms. Porter!

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