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  By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Nishi Anjali Crook graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Michigan University in 2012 with a triple minor in mathematics, reading, and integrated sciences. After student teaching with cooperating …

Cathy Glei, Eberwhite kindergarten teacher

May 30, 2019 // 1 Comment

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Catherine Glei was born outside Chicago, the oldest of three children born to an inventor/scientist father and a mother who was also a nurse. She attended elementary, middle school …

  By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor AAPS School Social Work Consultant Angela Warr was recently named the Michigan Association of School Social Workers’ School Social Worker of the Year for Region A.  She was nominated …

  By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Vanessa D’Souza, a first-year teacher at Burns Park Elementary, was raised in Ann Arbor by her mother, older brother, and grandmother.  Because her mother worked two jobs, D’Souza’s grandmother …

Kim McLean, Clague Middle School librarian

March 22, 2019 // 3 Comments

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Clague Middle School librarian Kim McLean grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University, where she studied communications and theater.  She started her career in book publishing, where …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Born and raised in Ann Arbor by a mother who often emphasized the importance of education, LaKeisha Drummer attended preschool at Pattengill, Lawton Elementary School, Slauson Middle School, and Pioneer High …

Claudia Parfitt, A2 Virtual math teacher

March 7, 2019 // 2 Comments

  By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Claudia Parfitt grew up in Breckenridge, Michigan, a small farm community in the center of the state. She is the youngest of four children born to an elementary teacher …

  Photos & video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Bill Van Loo is a maker, teacher, musician, and photographer. He grew up in Jackson County and graduated from Napoleon High School. Both of his …

Christine Woelmer, Allen Elementary librarian

February 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

  By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Christine Woelmer grew up attending the Ida Public Schools in southeast Michigan. Her father was an English professor at Monroe County Community College, and her mother taught English …

    By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Sarah Bradley grew up in Ann Arbor and attended the Ann Arbor public schools. She remembers her first day of kindergarten, walking into Mrs. Clefgard’s classroom at …

Erin Wright, Eberwhite fifth grade teacher

February 6, 2019 // 7 Comments

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Erin Wright was born in Detroit and grew up mostly in Grand Rapids.  The daughter of a special education teacher, Wright knew how demanding and rewarding teaching is as a …

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