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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 …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Low-cost. No-tech. And it works. Burns Park Elementary students this week put into practice a simple new way to make crossing an intersection a bit safer. And it’s as simple as carrying a bright orange flag while crossing the …

Jacqueline Moray was born and raised in Ann Arbor, the daughter of David and Michelle Moray, and sister of Katie Moray.   Growing up on Ann Arbor’s southeast side in the Buhr Park neighborhood, she attended Allen Elementary, Tappan Middle School, and Pioneer High School. …

The new classroom furniture is more flexible than traditional school desks so teachers and students can easily reconfigure the classroom to work in small groups or other formations. Many of the items can be lifted and moved with just a finger or two.

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Shaquanda Thomas grew up in  Ypsilanti, the daughter of Nolen Thomas and Shirley Love, and granddaughter of Cora A. Woods, who helped raise her.  Thomas attended Ypsilanti Public Schools K-12, where she played basketball and ran …

Alivia Maus, Dicken Elementary first grade teacher

December 15, 2017 // 3 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’ …

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