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Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Kristi Whitaker Krile was a military brat. Her father was in the Air Force, so she and her younger sister lived all over the world, including Hawaii, Texas, California, England and Ohio.  Partly because her father …

Ella Pinkerton Dehlin proudly shows a classmate her drawing. Ella spends most of her days in a gen ed classroom at Wines, where inclusion is a natural part of the culture. Story and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Inclusion is so built into …

Video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor King Elementary Principal Mary Cooper says the school’s monthly lunchtime Anti-bullying Club is a way for students to learn skills and ways to be empowered to stand up to bullying. “They also get to meet a whole lot …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Bryant first grader Khara, who is blind, does well hearing sounds in words and has quickly mastered the spelling words her teacher Valeska Bass gives her. So Bass decided to give Khara a challenge word to learn within two …

Youth Art Month in downtown Ann Arbor

March 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Downtown Ann Arbor businesses have turned into an Ann Arbor Public Schools art gallery for the month of March. More than 30 Main Street Area Association merchants are participating in the Youth Art Month collaboration, by placing student artwork in their display windows.

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Nicole Smitka grew up in Ann Arbor and considers herself lucky to have attended Lawton Elementary, Slauson Middle School, and Pioneer High School.  With a passion for math and science, she went on to the University of Michigan to earn …

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Lisa Ziegler grew up in Hastings and attended Hastings Area Schools, as did her two younger brothers, Mike and Jimmy.  Her father, Dave Storms (who now works as a magician) was the executive director of the …

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Phyllis Newman was born and raised in Ann Arbor, the daughter of the late Dr. Rev. A.J. Lightfoot Jr. and Mary C. Kidd-Lightfoot. She attended Haisley, Forsythe, and Pioneer High School. After graduating from Pioneer in 1979, …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Amanda Houston was born in Houston, Texas, and spent her childhood in North Brunswick, New Jersey. At the age of 13, her family—including her parents, Michigan natives Donald and Julie Stolt and brother Adam—moved to Ypsilanti.   Houston, who …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Nathan Hatt, lifetime Ann Arbor resident, is a product of the Ann Arbor Public Schools and a University of Michigan alumnus. After five years working as a production artist, animator, graphic designer, creative director, and business owner, Hatt started …

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