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Alivia Maus, Dicken Elementary first grade teacher

December 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Alivia Maus grew up with her two younger siblings on her parents’ small farm in Milan just south of Ann Arbor. As a child, she was involved in agricultural programs throughout the county and state. …

Teacher consultant Barbara Gildersleeve will talk about assistive technology (AT) and show students how to make these easy, inexpensive pencil fidgets. Story and photos by Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor Pattengill Elementary’s ‘Tech it Out’ on Dec. 7 will introduce parents to the exciting technology their …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor On the last day of school in June, a Lawton Elementary student turned to Principal Shannon Blick and said: “Kids like me don’t get yearbooks.” Blick responded: “What do you mean you don’t get a yearbook? Everyone can get …

    By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Pittsfield and Pattengill’s Elementary physical education teacher Darcy Knoll was recently named SHAPE Michigan’s Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.  She is very passionate about physical education and its importance in a student’s educational experience and …

    By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor When AAPS teachers last year were asked to form Personalized Learning Plans for each student, A2 STEAM first grade teacher Caroline Semrau looked online to the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) for specific ways to improve her students’ …

Kyle Yenor, Logan Elementary fourth grade teacher

October 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Kyle Yenor grew up in the rural town of Morenci in Lenawee County, where he attended Morenci Area Schools K-12,  was active in sports and enjoyed the simplicity of country living. After high school, Yenor moved to Ann …

Video and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Jean Holmes became King Elementary’s first kindergarten teacher when the school opened in 1969, and taught there for 19 years. On Monday, her two sons surprised her with a trip back to King, where Principal Mary Cooper …

Becky Gracey, King Elementary fifth grade teacher

October 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Becky Gracey grew up in Ann Arbor and attended Lawton Elementary, Slauson Middle School, and Pioneer High School.  While she was in Marlene Milazzo’s first grade class, she decided she wanted to be a teacher.  After earning her degree at Western Michigan University, Gracey headed …

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