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By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Steve Rodriguez has been a well respected and popular PE teacher and coach at Pioneer High School since 1977. He grew up in Allen Park and chose to attend Detroit Catholic Central High School so he could spend additional time …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Abby Ruehlmann is completing her first year of teaching in the district, but has already made a big impact on the ELA team and students at Clague Middle School. Principal Che´Carter says her enthusiasm and deep content knowledge creates an …

Photos and video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Amy Lynn Sierzega was born and raised in Williamston. She is an alumna of Michigan State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music education and is currently pursuing her master’s degree through the College …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Eidtor Molly Sykes Crankshaw was born and raised in Ionia, the daughter of the late Dr. Robert and Barbara Sykes. She attended Eastern Michigan University, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She and her husband, Bruce Crankshaw (Huron …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Muneer Khalid was born and raised in the city of Detroit. After graduating from Oakland International Academy, he earned his bachelor’s degree in English and psychology at the University of Michigan, and then completed a master’s degree in education …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Hannah Gottlieb was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, in and around the Marquette area.   Throughout middle and high school, she loved science and thought she would go to school to be an engineer.  But early on …

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 …

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 …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Scott Thobe (pronounced “Toe-bee”)  and two older sisters grew up in the small Ohio farming community of  Ft. Recovery.  Thobe says that because there wasn’t a lot to do in the area,  hanging out with friends was at a …

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 …

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. …

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