Detroit robotics teacher takes charge to keep protest calm

'Put this energy behind some education,' Broddie says

When you talk about standing strong, no one exemplifies strength and courage quite the way she does.
When you talk about standing strong, no one exemplifies strength and courage quite the way she does.

DETROIT – Stephanie Broddie is a teacher, a life long Detroiter and someone who cares deeply about her community.

When you talk about standing strong, no one exemplifies strength and courage quite the way she does.

She barely stands five feet tall, but she managed to keep a protest peaceful with just her presence.

The fatal shooting of a 20-year-old by Detroit police sparked outrage in the community. Protesters marched down Seven Mile Road to the 12th Precinct.

In the middle of all of it, trying to keep people calm, was Broddie.

“My uncle used to work at that precinct, so all I can think is ‘Are you guys serious? Do you really want this?' and that’s what I said to them,” Broddie said.

Broddie isn’t used to being in the spotlight, but she regularly gives back to the community.

She teaches robotics and other STEM based programs to children in Detroit.

You can watch Kimberly Gill’s interview for the full story in the video above.

More ‘Spirit of Detroit’ stories can be found here.


About the Authors:

Kimberly Gill joined the Local 4 News team in November 2014. She was named Personality of the Year in 2009 by the Ohio Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame. She’s also a two-time Emmy winner.

Dane is a producer and media enthusiast. He previously worked freelance video production and writing jobs in Michigan, Georgia and Massachusetts. Dane graduated from the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.