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Kim McLean, Clague Middle School librarian

March 22, 2019 // 1 Comment

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 Lawton Elementary School, Slauson Middle School, and Pioneer High School.  In 2007,  …

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 …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Jen Kunec was born and raised in Ann Arbor.  Her father, Jerome Jelinek, was a concert cellist and a Professor of Music at The University of Michigan.  Her mother, …

  By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Heather Gray grew up with a brother and sister in the small town of Jesup, Iowa.  Her parents were both elementary school teachers and she was a teacher’s …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Monica Brennan has been teaching at Angell Elementary for five years.  She grew up in Royal Oak, the daughter of a nurse (mother) and a Chrysler assembly worker, both …

    By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Maneesha Mankad has taught Algebra II, Calculus and Finance/Stats and been a forum leader at Community High School for the past five years.  She grew up in …

Andy Nalepa, psychologist at Skyline High School

December 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

    By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Andy Nalepa was born and raised in Ann Arbor. He attended Abbot, Forsythe, and Pioneer, where he played soccer, baseball, and hockey.  After earning a bachelor’s degree …

  By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Shanna Middleton grew up in Ann Arbor, and attended King Elementary from kindergarten to third grade. When her family—including parents and two younger brothers—moved across town, she attended …

  By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor        Natasha Stewart teaches third grade at Logan Elementary School.   This is her twelfth year of teaching, six of which have been with Ann Arbor Public …

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